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December 1st, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Chandler Burrt claims Colombia denied adoption because of his sexual orientation

Chandler Burr thought he had achieved his life-long dream when he adopted two Columbian boys he met through an international adoption agency.

But once Colombian authorities learned that Burr was gay, they refused to let him bring the boys back to the United States. It is legal for gay men to adopt in Columbia, though it is seldom allowed.

Today on American Morning, Carol Costello sits down with Burr to find out how he's fighting to get his boys back.


Filed under: Adoption • Controversy • Gay Rights
June 27th, 2011
03:13 PM ET

Political hot topics: Debt talks, 2012 GOP race and historic same-sex marriage vote

Michele Bachmann polling in Iowa at just one point behind GOP front-runner Mitt Romney as her staff has been busy laying the groundwork for a competitive race.

Budget talks are set to resume again today in Washington, with President Obama stepping in and meeting with Senator Harry Reid and Senator Mitch McConnell at the White House.

Hilary Rosen, CNN political contributor and Leslie Sanchez, Republican analyst, talk these stories and other political headlines this morning on American Morning.


Filed under: Debt • Gay Rights • GOP • Politics
December 20th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Sigourney Weaver tears up over emotional role as mother of gay son

Sigourney Weaver stopped by the AM studio today to discuss her movie "Prayers for Bobby." The Lifetime movie, based on a true story and now on DVD, tells the story of a close-knit religious family that is shattered after the son reveals he is gay.

John Roberts and Kiran Chetry sat down for a poignant interview with Weaver to talk about her experience playing the deeply conflicted mother, Mary.

Watch the interview to see just how emotional Weaver gets talking about the role. "So moving to me to hear Mary talk about how she realized later on looking at his baby pictures, God had wanted him to be gay," Weaver says of when she met the mother.

Weaver also talks about the recent repeal of  the military's “don't ask, don't tell” law and why she is celebrating.


Filed under: American Morning • Celebrity • Entertainment • Gay Rights
November 11th, 2010
08:29 AM ET

Lifting gay ban during war poses little risk to troops, study finds

There's new evidence on the effects of lifting the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that bans gays from openly serving in uniform.

The military can lift the ban with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to a Pentagon study group, which will deliver a final report to President Obama on Dec. 1.

The study worked off results of the surveys 400,000 active-duty and reserve troops took over the summer.  About 70 percent of the respondents said the effect of repealing DADT would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, according to Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe, who has read the draft report.

He gives a more detailed look of what’s inside the report today on American Morning.


Filed under: American Morning • Gay Rights • Military • Politics
November 5th, 2010
08:32 AM ET

Photo of preschool boy dressed as Daphne goes viral

Sarah's 5-year-old wanted to dress as Daphne from Scooby Doo for Halloween this year.

The only problem?

Her preschooler is a boy.

When Sarah's son showed up at a preschool Halloween party dressed in a purple mini dress and red wig, the kids had no problem, but the moms weren't so thrilled.

Sarah, the Missouri mom, took to her blog "Nerdy Apple Bottom": "My son is gay. Or he's not. I don't care," she posted. It got over a million hits in two days and currently has over 19,000 comments.

This morning on American Morning, she tells Kiran what happened at the Halloween party.  Dr. Jeff Gardere, clinical psychologist,  weighs in and addresses if sexuality is a factor here.


Filed under: Gay Rights • Parenting
October 22nd, 2010
09:16 AM ET

President Obama fights gay bullying, joins Dan Savage's national effort

President Obama is joining nationally syndicated columnist Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” Project to fight against gay bulling. Obama released an anti-bullying video yesterday for the project. In it, he attempts to dispel the myth that bullying is an inevitable part of growing up.

Savage talks to Kiran and John on this morning’s American Morning about President Obama's partnership and the It Gets Better Project that he started this September to speak directly to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth who are bullied at school by peers, teachers, parents, churches and politicians.

Thousands of people have posted their stories to It Gets Better, including celebrities and other public profiles, urging teenagers not to take their own lives because life does improve.


Filed under: American Morning • Gay Rights
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