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

| Friday, February 27, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Iowa GOP lawmakers still seeking constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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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