gay rights en How Michael Sam Became Bigger than the Olympics <p>This weekend was a very exciting weekend in the sports world, with the opening of the Olympics. But, something off the field and closer to home was the story that stole all the headlines.</p><p>Michael Sam, a graduating defensive end from the University of Missouri publicly announced Sunday that he is gay.</p><p>Sam was the Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year this past season and played a key part to a surprisingly successful Missouri football team. With this announcement two weeks before the 2014 NFL Draft, Sam is on the fringe of making history by becoming the first openly gay NFL player. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:08:43 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24189 at How Michael Sam Became Bigger than the Olympics Teacher Sues AIU After Being Denied Benefits for Same-Sex Partner <p>The American Civil Liberties Union and the Women’s Law Project have filed a lawsuit against the Allegheny Intermediate Unit on behalf of Bradley Ankney, a math teacher for the AIU.</p><p>The suit was filed after the AIU rejected Ankney’s attempt to add his partner to his health insurance policy.</p><p>Sarah Rose, staff attorney for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said the AIU does provide benefits to the spouses of employees.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:13:30 +0000 Kevin Gavin 15152 at