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Kerry pressed to review U.S. aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is Chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus.
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus called on the Obama administration Tuesday to review all aid to countries with laws criminalizing homosexuality.

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Lawmakers call on Obama to sign executive order protecting LGBT workers

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Nearly 200 Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday calling for an Executive Order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment.

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St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

| Monday, March 17, 2014
Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage.

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HHS: Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples

| Friday, March 14, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration on Friday released new guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against same-sex spouses who wish to purchase health coverage as a family.

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Report: ‘No compelling medical reason’ to ban transgender military service

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday.

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House backs bill to sue president for not enforcing federal laws, such as DOMA

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Casting Barack Obama as a president run amok, the House voted on Wednesday for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief executive for failure to enforce federal laws.

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Pew: 61 percent of young Republicans favor legalizing same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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A strong majority of Republicans under age 30 support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to results of a Pew Research study released Monday.

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Honey Maid ‘This is Wholesome’ campaign features same-sex parents

| Monday, March 10, 2014
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The company behind Honey Maid graham crackers on Monday unveiled a diversity-rich advertising campaign prominently featuring same-sex parents among its collection of real American families.

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Republicans push social issues at conservative showcase

| Friday, March 7, 2014
Susan Walsh, APSen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014.
OXON HILL, Md. — Some of the GOP's most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year's midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate and then the White House.

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