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Report: Bisexual youth face skepticism, harassment, struggle for acceptance

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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WASHINGTON - A new report released Tuesday finds that 40 percent of more than 10,000 LGBT youth surveyed by the organization identify as bisexual -- and many of them say they face more challenges coming out and gaining acceptance than their lesbian and gay peers.

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Texas woman in same-sex marriage denied driver’s license

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Connie Wilson (right) with her spouse Aimee (center) and their son Aidyn.
KATY, Texas -- A Houston-area resident who recently relocated to Texas has been refused a driver’s license because her last name was changed following her same-sex marriage. The Texas Observer reports that Connie Wilson, who married her partner of nine years in California last year, took her wife’s last name, Wilson, which now appears on both her...

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Judge in Louisiana rules same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

| Monday, September 22, 2014
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A judge in Louisiana has ruled the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The ruling by a state judge comes in a case brought by a same-sex couple married out-of-state who are seeking to have their marriage recognized in Louisiana for purposes of adoption.

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Men in ‘gay wedding’ video face charges of debauchery, offending public morality

| Monday, September 22, 2014
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CAIRO -- Eight men arrested in Egypt for appearing in a video taken during an alleged same-sex "wedding" party, will face trial on charges of inciting debauchery and offending public morality. The men were detained earlier this month after the video, reportedly dating back to April, surfaced online.

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Pa. lawmaker renews push for LGBT hate crime law in wake of Philly attack

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Brendan Boyle
PHILADELPHIA -- A Pennsylvania lawmaker is renewing his efforts to pass an LGBT-inclusive hate crime law in the wake of a brutal attack on a same-sex couple earlier this month. State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) tells Philly.com he plans to push to get his bill passed as early as Tuesday...

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Tenth Circuit puts federal challenge to Colo. gay marriage ban on hold

| Monday, September 22, 2014
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DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit says it will put a federal lawsuit challenging Colorado's same-sex marriage ban on hold pending action by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision comes in the appeal of a challenge filed in July on behalf of six same-sex couples.

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‘Until We Could,’ a video poem by inaugural poet Richard Blanco

| Sunday, September 21, 2014
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To mark the 10th anniversary since Massachusetts because the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, advocacy group Freedom to Marry commissioned Richard Blanco, the poet for Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2012, to write a poem commemorating the decade.

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Iowa women who married after 72 years together tell their story

| Sunday, September 21, 2014
Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes
Earlier this month we told you about Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes, a lesbian couple in their 90′s who married after being together 72 years. Now, in an interview with The Des Moines Register, Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, are sharing more of their story, from their first meeting, to their first date, and how they came to be married more than 70 years later.

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Report: Marriage equality would add $2 million to Wyo. economy

| Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Wyoming would generate an estimated $2.4 million in spending to the state’s economy, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 657 same-sex couples live in Wyoming...

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Va. college students school homophobic street preacher with song about love

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- When an anti-gay preacher stood outside of a James Madison University library in Harrisonburg, Va., this week, to preach the sinfulness of homosexuality, he was greeted by students sharing a song about love and tolerance. The unidentified preacher was drowned by a chorus of more than 100 student voices singing the song "How He Loves."

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