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HHS issues visitation policy for LGBT partners in hospice, long-term care

| Monday, July 1, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued an official policy guidance Monday making it clear that same-sex partners and others must be given equal visitation rights at long-term care facilities, regardless of their marital status.

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GOP lawmaker introduces bill to amend U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage

| Monday, July 1, 2013
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) on Friday introduced legislation to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 700 employees march in SF pride parade

| Monday, July 1, 2013
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Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg joined more than 700 Facebook employees marching in San Francisco's gay pride on Sunday.

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Bert & Ernie celebrate Supreme Court rulings on New Yorker magazine cover

| Saturday, June 29, 2013
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The upcoming issue of The New Yorker gives a nod to this week's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality, with an unlikely pair gracing its cover -- Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie.

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Two Ga. men sentenced to 10 years in hate crime attack on gay man

| Saturday, June 29, 2013
Christopher Cain (left) and Dorian Moragne
ATLANTA -- Two men have been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for their involvement in a hate crime against a gay man in Atlanta.

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Gay couples line up to marry in Calif., while opponents seek to halt weddings

| Saturday, June 29, 2013
Marcio Jose Sanchez, APCynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey file for a marriage certificate at City Hall in San Francisco on Saturday.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of couples in jeans, shorts, white dresses and the occasional military uniform filled San Francisco City Hall on Saturday as clerks resumed issuing marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court removed the last obstacle to making same-sex matrimony legal again in California.

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Judge combines lawsuits against florist who refused flowers for gay wedding

| Saturday, June 29, 2013
Barronelle Stutzman
A judge in Washington state on Friday consolidated two lawsuits, one filed by the state attorney general and the other filed by a gay couple, in a dispute over a florist who declined to provide flowers for the couple's wedding because of her “relationship with Jesus Christ.”

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PHOTOS: Calif. Attorney General presides over wedding of Prop 8 plaintiffs

| Friday, June 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Kris Perry and Sandy Steir, lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban, tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

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BREAKING: Prop 8 plaintiffs prepare to marry moments after ban is lifted

| Friday, June 28, 2013
Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami have their marriage license and are headed to San Francisco City Hall.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze.

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OPM announces benefits for married federal employees with same-sex spouse

| Friday, June 28, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the government agency manages the civil service of federal employees, said Friday that it will begin extending federal benefits to employees with a lawfully married same-sex spouse.

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