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NY court hears arguments in gay marriage cases

From The New York Times: ALBANY — New York’s highest court heard arguments in two cases on Tuesday that could have profound effects on the battle over same-sex marriage. The cases, which the court, the New York State Court of ...

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Thousands march on Washington demanding equal rights for gays and lesbians

WASHINGTON, DC — Thousands of gays and lesbians took to the streets of the nation’s capital Sunday in a demonstration demanding full equality under the law. The National Equality March snaked past the White House and streamed down Pennsylvania Avenue ...

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Obama renews campaign pledges to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ ‘DOMA’ at HRC dinner

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama, struggling to keep promises made during his presidential campaign, renewed his pledge to end the military‘s ban on openly gay service members and once again called for repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, as ...

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Barney Frank calls National Equality March a ‘waste of time’

Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay member of Congress, says he’d rather see gay rights supporters lobbying their elected officials than marching in Washington this weekend, calling the demonstration “a waste of time at best,” reports Associated Press. Frank said ...

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Judy Shepard on ‘Ellen’ — 11 years later, the pain remains

On Friday, Judy Shepard appeared on "Ellen" to talk about her new book recounting the murder of her son Matthew, a young gay man and victim of a brutal hate crime. ...

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House vote expands hate crimes protections to gays and lesbians

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to expand the definition of violent federal hate crimes to include those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation, a step that would extend new protections to gay, lesbian,and transgender people, reports the ...

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Obama to appoint gay attorney to Ambassador post

President Obama is preparing to nominate his first openly gay ambassador, according to a knowledgeable source. David Huebner, who serves as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation‘s general counsel, will be nominated to become the administration’s ambassador to New ...

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D.C. to Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

From the Washington Post: Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill said it appears unlikely that Congress will block a bill to be introduced Tuesday that would allow same-sex marriages in the District. D.C. Council leaders have vowed to expedite the ...

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Microsoft donates 100K to uphold Washington’s domestic partner benefits

Microsoft has contributed $100,000 to the campaign to approve Referendum 71, which would uphold a state law to expand domestic-partnership benefits, the Seattle Times reports. The company made the donation on Friday to Washington Families Standing Together, a group supporting ...

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Court tosses suit by lesbian over claim she was denied visitation with dying partner

MIAMI — A federal court in Miami has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Washington state lesbian who was not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital. “The hospital took the position that we thought was pretty ...

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