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Gay rights advocates rally in Denver, say marriage equality is coming to Colorado

OneColoradoHouse Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who is openly gay, addresses marriage equality adovcates at the Colorado state capitol in Denver on Mondya, March 3, 2014.
DENVER — Gay rights advocates promise that marriage equality is coming to Colorado, either through the courts or the ballot box. ...

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Md. state Senate gives preliminary approval to transgender rights bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity gained preliminary approval Friday in the Maryland state Senate. ...

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Money offer to defeat Indiana same-sex marriage amendment exposed

Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A former Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out on tough ...

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Tempe, Ariz., approves LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Tempe City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a city-wide ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender individuals in employment, housing and public accommodations. ...

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Harvard professor testifies in Day 4 of Mich. same-sex marriage trial

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DETROIT -- A Harvard University professor testified on Friday for two women challenging Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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NBA donating proceeds of Jason Collins jersey sales to LGBT groups

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NEW YORK -- The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. ...

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St. Louis schools to add spousal benefits for married, same-sex couples

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The St. Louis public school system has implemented changes to their employment benefits to include coverage for married, same-sex spouses. ...

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Walt Disney World ends Boy Scouts grant program due to ban on gay leaders

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Walt Disney World has suspended financial support to local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America over the group's continued ban on openly gay and lesbian adults serving as troop leaders or in any other leadership capacity. ...

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Third Illinois county plans to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

John Dixon, APMarissa Meli, left, and Laura Meli were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license at the Champaign County Champaign County Clerks office in Urbana, Ill., on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- McLean County, Ill., Clerk Kathy Michael says she hopes to be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by the middle of next week, months ahead of the June 1 date when Illinois' marriage equality law is scheduled ...

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GOP lobbyist releases text of bill to prohibit openly gay players in the NFL

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican lobbyist behind the campaign to ban Michael Sam and any other openly gay football player from joining the NFL, released the text of his proposed federal legislation on Thursday. ...

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