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Senate blocks debate on defense bill, halting repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked efforts to authorize repeal of the military‘s ban on openly gay service members, voting unanimously against advancing the Defense Authorization Bill — legislation that included the provision. The massive, $726 billion defense policy bill would ...

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AP Poll: Majority of Americans now support marriage equality

A majority of Americans support gay marriage, according to an Associated Press poll released this week. In the poll, 52 percent of Americans said yes when asked: “Should the federal government give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the ...

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NY Governor signs law permitting joint adoptions for unmarried partners

A new New York State law permits unmarried partners — including gay couples — to jointly adopt a child. Governor David Paterson announced Sunday that he signed the adoption bill, which was effective immediately. The law also substitutes the gender-neutral ...

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MN Archdiocese sending anti-gay marriage DVD to 800,000 parishioners

Archbishop John Nienstedt
Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, announced Monday that every Catholic in the state will be mailed a DVD defending marriage as between one man and one woman. It’s the latest effort to ...

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Lady Gaga makes video plea for repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Pop star Lady Gaga has made a somber plea to U.S. senators to repeal the law barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. In a video released Friday, Lady Gaga calls on the Senate to repeal the ...

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Tens of thousands gather in central London to protest against Pope Benedict XVI

LONDON — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central London on Saturday, angered by the Pope’s response to the child abuse scandal, his homophobic comments about gay relationships and his claims that condoms spread rather than prevent the spread ...

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Federal appeals court dismisses lawsuit over gay marriage speech

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a community college student who claimed a professor violated his right to free speech by stopping him from finishing a speech against gay marriage. A three-judge panel of the 9th ...

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Germany’s foreign minister ‘marries’ longtime partner

Westerwelle, left, and Mronz
Germany’s foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has formalized his union with his longtime partner Michael Mronz in a private ceremony in Bonn on Friday, the daily newspaper Bild announced in its Saturday edition. Although only close family were present for the ...

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Russian gay rights activist safe after mysterious kidnapping

Russia‘s top gay-rights activist says he was kidnapped and pressured by his captors to withdraw a complaint against Moscow authorities from the European Court of Human Rights. Nikolai Alekseyev resurfaced early on Saturday in Moscow after being arrested at the ...

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