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Obama: No substitute for love, support parents provide – ‘gay or straight’

| Sunday, June 16, 2013
Obama-Fathers-Day
WASHINGTON -- In his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Barack Obama wished Americans a happy Father's Day, and said there's no substitute for the love and support that fathers provide -- "whether you're gay or straight."

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AFER chronicles three years working to overturn Proposition 8

| Saturday, June 15, 2013
Prop-8
With just days left before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has compiled this look back at the last three years of working to overturn California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Wis. Supreme Court to hear challenge to state’s domestic partner registry

| Saturday, June 15, 2013
Wisconsin Supreme Court
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the state's domestic partner registry, which grants same-sex couples a number of legal rights.

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Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid signs on as 50th co-sponsor of ENDA

| Saturday, June 15, 2013
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he'll co-sponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, becoming the 50th co-sponsor of the measure aimed at banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Bermuda approves bill prohibiting discrimination against gays

| Saturday, June 15, 2013
Bermuda
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Legislators in Bermuda have approved a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Social Security Administration updates policy on changing gender marker

| Friday, June 14, 2013
Social-Security
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration on Friday announced a new policy for changing the gender designation in Social Security records to provide transgender people improved privacy and prevent unnecessary outing to Social Security staff and healthcare providers.

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U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay Latina to serve on the federal bench

| Thursday, June 13, 2013
Nitza Quiñones Alejandro
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed the first ever openly gay Hispanic woman to serve on the federal bench.

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Rubio: ‘I’m done’ with immigration bill if gay couples are included

| Thursday, June 13, 2013
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- the most prominent Republican in the “Gang of Eight,” a group of senators who developed the bipartisan immigration reform bill -- said Thursday he will revoke his support if an amendment is added that allows immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens.

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N.J. Assembly panel approves bill banning conversion therapy on minors

| Thursday, June 13, 2013
New-Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. — An Assembly panel in the New Jersey state legislature is set to consider a measure that would prohibit licensed therapists from performing controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors.

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Calif. Senate committee advances transgender student rights bill

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013
safe-schools
SACRAMENTO -- A California Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would require public schools to respect a transgender student’s gender identity in all school programs, activities, and facilities.

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