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Rhode Island lawmakers override veto, allow funeral planning rights for gays

On their first day back at work, Rhode Island lawmakers Tuesday wasted no time in overriding 15 vetos by Republican Governor Don Carcieri, including the bill to grant funeral decision-making rights to same-sex couples. The House, and then the Senate, ...

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NJ senate leader to call for gay marriage vote on Thursday

Gay Marriage
There will be a vote on gay marriage in the lame duck session of the New Jersey state legislature, reports WNBC-TV. “We’re gonna post the bill and see what happens,” Senate President Dick Codey told us. Codey, and even sponsors ...

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Arrest warrant issued for CA man suspected of hate crime attack at gay bar

Cole White
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A judge signed a $50,000 arrest warrant Tuesday for a Bay Area man suspected of attacking a gay man at a downtown nightclub early Sunday because of his sexual orientation. Watch the report from KGO-TV: Cole ...

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Obama appoints transgendered person to Commerce post

Amanda Simpson
President Obama recently named Amanda Simpson, believed to be the first transgender woman appointed to a senior government role, to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department, according to ABC News. Simpson, a member of the National Center ...

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First openly gay council member takes office in Salt Lake City

Stan Penfold
Salt Lake has its first openly gay city council member, reports KTVX-TV. On Monday afternoon, Stan Penfold (pictured) took the oath of office, in both a historic and emotional day. Penfold told ABC 4: “I was a little surprised I ...

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United States lifts 22-year HIV immigration, travel ban

The United States has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/AIDS from entering the country. The BBC reports: President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans to be a leader in the fight ...

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Houston becomes largest U.S. city with gay mayor as Parker takes oath

The City of Houston officially has a new mayor as of Saturday. Annise Parker was sworn in as Mayor of Houston in a private ceremony at City Hall, making Houston the largest U.S. city to ever have an openly gay ...

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Prosecutors charge ex-Marine in slaying of gay Indiana professor

Michael Griffin
Monroe County Prosecutors have officially charged 25-year-old Michael Griffin in the murder of an Indiana University professor. A neighbor found the body of 53-year-old Don Belton in his Bloomington home on December 28, reports WYHR-TV. When the judge asked Michael ...

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NJ gay marriage bill tossed back to Senate, vote possible Thursday

Garden State Equality March ( photo)
A bill to legalize gay marriage in New Jersey was left in limbo this week when the state Assembly speaker tossed it back to the Senate on Thursday, while supporters and opponents watch time run out for it to become ...

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Iowa senate leader: No vote on gay marriage ban this session

Mike Gronstal
There will be no vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage during the 2010 legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has told The Iowa Independent. Republicans may try to force a vote on an amendment, the Democrat from ...

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