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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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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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Transgender teen gets support from Justice Department in school lawsuit

| Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who, in a lawsuit, accuses several schools of discriminating against him because he's transgender.

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Democratic icon Barney Frank on Congress, gay rights and partisan echo chambers

Los Angeles Times | Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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The highest profile openly gay member of Congress retired in 2013 after 32 years, leaving a legacy of legislation on financial reform as well as changes in perceptions and laws about homosexuality.
(Los Angeles Times)

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Iowa GOP lawmakers still seeking constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Nearly six years after a unanimous Iowa Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage, Republican lawmakers are still battling to overturn the ruling by amending the state constitution.

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