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Ore. couple sues cab company, driver for being ditched on interstate

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A lesbian couple who were left on the side of a freeway last summer by taxi cab driver who disliked the couple’s display of affection, has filed a lawsuit against the driver and his former employer. In a suit filed last week, Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll say cab driver Ahmed Egal intentionally caused them emotional distress and held ...

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Ill. warns insurers about discriminating against transgender people

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The state of Illinois has cautioned insurers about discriminating against transgender people. The Illinois Department of Insurance bulletin issued to insurers this week details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws. Backers say the move was prompted by concerns for transgender people's rights...

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Fla. man stabbed while having sex with another man in Tallahassee cemetery

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Devante L. Johnson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man he was having sex with in a Tallahassee cemetery. Police say Devante L. Johnson, 18, met with the victim at the cemetery around 11 p.m. on June 24th when the stabbing occurred.

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Kendra Johnson
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality...

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Vote on Houston LGBT anti-bias ordinance still possible

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston city leaders still don't know whether opponents of new anti-bias protections for LGBT residents have enough signatures to force a repeal vote in November. The Houston City Council in May adopted the discrimination bans in housing, employment and services provided by private businesses such as hotels and restaurants. Critics contend ...

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Nearly 900 marriage licenses issued to gay couples in pioneer N.M. county

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Gay couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A county clerk in New Mexico whose actions ultimately prompted the state Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage legal statewide, says his office issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to gay couples in the past year. Last year, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins -- noting that New Mexico's marriage laws were gender neutral ...

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Seventh Circuit schedules arguments in appeals of same-sex marriage rulings

| Friday, July 25, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month. Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit Court combined the cases and set aside the previous hearing date.

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Poll shows majority support for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages.

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Md. now offers transition-related care to transgender state employees

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland has become only the third state in the nation to provide insurance coverage for transition-related care. The policy change, which went into effect July 1 but was only announced publicly this week, means that any state employee, retiree, or dependent will be able to access mental health services, hormone therapy, and a range of ...

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Arguments set in challenge to Alaska same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Vincent Huang
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Arguments are scheduled for October in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage. Five same-sex couples, four married outside of Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued to overturn the ban in May. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

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