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Fred and George, 45 years together: An Arizona Love Story

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Fred McQuire (left) and George Martinez
PHOENIX -- On Friday, Lambda Legal will ask the U.S. District Court in Phoenix to order the State of Arizona to provide an accurate death certificate to Fred McQuire for his husband, George Martinez, who died on August 28. Fred, 69, and his late husband, George, 62, of Green Valley, Ariz., both veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, met in 1969....

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Rochester radio hosts fired over transphobic broadcast back on the air

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Kimberly Ray (right) and Barry Beck
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A controversial radio duo fired earlier this year following a transphobic radio broadcast, are back on the air at a new station. Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck, know to Rochester radio listeners as “Kimberly and Beck,” announced Thursday they will host the afternoon “drive time” broadcast weekdays on WQBW Radio. The station began ...

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I may not always understand my gay son, but I always accept him

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
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I picked up my 20-something son, David, at the Metro a few weeks ago. After he got into the car, he put out his hands towards me, and asked: “Do you like this color? Kind of a deep purple. I get a lot of compliments on it.” Yes, David wears nail polish — bright, glossy, frequently-changing-colors nail polish. And it doesn’t bother me. In fact, I like the deep purple shade...

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NOM asks full Ninth Circuit to allow it to appeal Ore. same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
NOM chairman John Eastman
The National Organization for Marriage has asked the full Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to allow it to appeal a federal court ruling that struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. The request comes two weeks after a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court rejected NOM's attempt to appeal the May 19 ruling...

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Federal appeals court upholds N.J. ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a New Jersey law prohibiting therapists from performing the controversial "gay to straight" conversion therapy on LGBT youth. The lawsuit, filed by two therapists, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and the American Association...

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U.S. House panel rejects spousal benefits bill for LGBT veterans

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday rejected a measure that would have enabled veterans with same-sex spouses to receive partner benefits regardless of where they reside. The Washington Blade reports that the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs rejected the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act by a vote of 12-13.

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80 Utah lawmakers warn Supreme Court that gay marriage could lead to polygamy, incest

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Eighty members of the Utah state legislature have filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, because allowing gay to marry could lead to incestuous and polygamous marriages. The amicus brief supporting Utah's appeal asserts that the ...

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Study: 24,000 transgender voters could be disenfranchised in November

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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LOS ANGELES – Ten states’ strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” authored by the Williams Institute’s ...

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‘The Talk’ host Sara Gilbert, rocker Linda Perry expecting (Video)

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert
"Roseanne" alum and "The Talk" host Sara Gilbert announced Tuesday that she and her wife, rock songwriter-producer Linda Perry, are expecting their first child together. Gilbert told her "Talk" co-hosts that she would not be facing her fear of a cinderblock being broken on her stomach during their "Face Your Fears" week.

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Fla. judge vacates same-sex marriage ruling on legal technicality

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Broward County judge, who last month struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, vacated his own ruling Thursday on a legal technicality. The Miami Herald reports that Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen vacated his decision because a petitioner in the case “failed to comply with (state law)” and notify “the Office of the...

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