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El Paso, Reno extend domestic partner benefits to city employees

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The cities of El Paso, Texas, and Reno, Nev., voted this week in favor of extending health insurance benefits to the domestic partners of city employees, including gay and lesbian couples. ...

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Anchorage assembly takes no action to override Mayor’s veto

The Anchorage Assembly has less than two weeks left to override the mayor’s veto of the gay rights ordinance, but the first opportunity to do so came and went Tuesday night, as the assembly took no action. The ordinance’s author, ...

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Sen. Ted Kennedy, longtime advocate for LGBT issues, dead at 77

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died shortly before Midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. He was 77. The man known as the “liberal lion of the Senate” had fought ...

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National Org for Marriage targets Iowa for gay marriage ban

The National Organization for Marriage, which was active in getting Proposition 8 approved by voters in California, launched a campaign Monday to re-ban gay marriage in Iowa. The NOM is appealing for donations to run advertisements on behalf of political ...

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WA Domestic Partner law in jeopardy as R-71 petition surpasses 100K

Elections officials say they’ve now verified more than 100,000 signatures for Referendum 71, an attempt to overturn Washington’s new “everything but marriage” same-sex domestic partner law. The totals as of Monday evening are: 103,898 checked, 91,716 accepted and 12,182 rejected. ...

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Judge dismisses challenge to DOMA, says suit must be refiled

A federal judge in Southern California has dismissed the lawsuit that created a public rift between President Barack Obama and gay supporters. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter (pictured) ruled the case — the first of several pending challenges to ...

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SLC Mayor proposing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is proposing a new city ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The public discussion draft is based on a July report by the Salt Lake City Human Rights ...

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NV begins accepting Domestic Partner applications

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The Nevada secretary of state's office will take applications starting Monday from both gay and straight couples who want to take advantage of Nevada's new domestic partners law. ...

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2nd trial gets underway in Dallas hate crime attack

The second trial gets underway Monday in the 2008 hate crime attack on Dallas resident Jimmy Lee Dean (pictured). Dean, 43, was hospitalized for 10 days after the attack in July 2008 by Jonathan Gunter and Bobby Singleton. Dean has ...

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Signorile and Log Cabin’s Moran share views on Obama, LGBT rights

Sirius XM Radio personality Michelangelo Signorile and Log Cabin Republican spokesman Charles Moran discussed President Obama’s campaign promises and gay rights positions on CNN today. Kicking off the segment, CNN anchor Don Lemon played clips of Obama referring to himself ...

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