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Mo. bill would make issuing same-sex marriage licenses a fireable offense

| Saturday, February 28, 2015
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
A Missouri legislator has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for the state to enforce a marriage other than between a man and a woman and could lead to the firing of government employees who issue such licenses.

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Eddie Redmayne’s latest transformation: Transgender pioneer Lili Elbe

| Saturday, February 28, 2015
Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl." Directed by Tom Hooper, the film is currently in production.
Fresh from his Oscar win for Lead Actor for his performance as famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” British actor Eddie Redmayne is taking on another project that involves a drastic physical transformation.

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W.Va. Senate leader: ‘No way’ we’re considering LGBT discrimination bill

| Friday, February 27, 2015
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West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael says there's "no way" his chamber will consider a proposal to nullify local ordinances that protect LGBT people from housing and employment discrimination.

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Study: Stem cell breakthrough opens door to biological children of same-sex couples

| Thursday, February 26, 2015
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An international team of scientists have shown that it is possible to create human sperm and eggs from stem cells derived from adult skin, regardless of the donor’s gender.

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West Virginia House panel advances bill to nullify local LGBT protections

| Thursday, February 26, 2015
West Virginia state capitol in Charleston.
A West Virginia House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would nullify local nondiscrimination ordinances that critics said amounted to “legislative gay bashing.”

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Mexico’s quiet marriage equality revolution

BUZZFEED | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future.
(BuzzFeed News)

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Texas lawmakers, conservative leaders celebrate 10 years of marriage inequality

| Thursday, February 26, 2015
Republican leaders in Austin joined members of the conservative coalition Texas Values to slice a ceremonial cake on the 10th anniversary of the passage of the so-called Texas Marriage Amendment, which defined marriage as "one man and one woman" in Texas.
Several Texas lawmakers joined conservative leaders at the state capitol in Tuesday for a controversial slice of symbolic wedding cake in a 10th anniversary celebration of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Conway, Ark., approves LGBT protections for city employees

Log Cabin Democrat | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The Conway, Ark., city city council has voted in favor of adding sexual orientation and gender identity protections for city employees.

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Labor Dept. updates Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex spouses

| Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday issued a final rule revising the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) to include married, same-sex couples.

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Indiana Senate approves bill allowing discrimination against LGBT people

| Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The Indiana state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to refuse services for same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs.

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