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Court hears closing arguments in landmark case challenging Prop 8 ban on gay marriage

Closing arguments were presented in court today in the landmark trial challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the final opportunity for attorneys on both sides to influence a federal judge in deciding the fate of California‘s voter approved ban on ...

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Pelosi: no vote on ENDA this year until Congress repeals ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

There will be no vote on the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) until Congress completes legislative action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). During her weekly press conference on Friday, Pelosi told the Washington ...

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Attackers shout anti-gay slurs, assault Vancouver gay couple

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Two Vancouver men say they were punched repeatedly by two assailants who shouted anti-gay slurs at them on the doorstep of their downtown condo building Saturday night. Peter Regier and his partner David Holtzman were returning home from a concert ...

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Trial begins in gay rights dispute between Boy Scouts and city of Philadelphia

Jury selection got under way Monday in a gay rights case that could settle a long-running dispute between local Boy Scouts and the city of Philadelphia. At issue is whether the local scouts group, the Cradle of Liberty Council, should ...

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Illinois Treasurer expands gay partner benefits for department employees

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With six months left in his four-year term, Illinois state Treasurer (and candidate for U.S. Senate) Alexi Giannoulias signed an executive order on Sunday extending family-leave benefits to gay and lesbian employees in Domestic Partnerships. The new policy will allow ...

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Puerto Rico creates special committee to investigate hate crimes

Puerto Rico‘s Attorney General has announced the creation of special committee to investigate hate crimes in the island territory, where advocates say gay and transgender people are the victims of an “epidemic” of violence. The announcement was greeted by cheers ...

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Two marines arrested in beating of gay man in Savannah

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Two Marines were arrested and jailed Saturday on misdemeanor battery charges after they allegedly beat up a gay man in Savannah, Georgia. According to the Savannah Morning News, police responded to a call around 3:45 a.m. that an unconscious man ...

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Iceland’s parliament unanimously approves gay marriage

Iceland, the only country in the world to have an openly gay head of state, passed a law on Friday allowing same-sex partners to get married in a vote which met with no political resistance, reports Reuters. The Althingi parliament ...

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Advisory panel recommends upholding ban on blood donations from gay men

A government health committee Friday voted against rescinding the ban on gay men donating blood but also called for new research on alternative policies, citing flaws in the current rules. The Health and Human Services Committee, in its recommendations, noted ...

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Oklahoma man who sued over ‘IM GAY’ license plates died of accidental overdose

An Oklahoma man who sued the state over a proposed “IM GAY” license plate likely died of an accidental drug overdose, and not from injuries he allegedly received from Tulsa police officers. According to an autopsy report from the Office ...

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