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Ginsburg: U.S. Supreme Court won’t ‘duck’ same-sex marriage issue

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier.

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Activists urge Obama to include LGBT rights on Africa summit agenda

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights First, which advocates aggressive U.S. stances on ...

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Takano introduces bill to close Social Security, Medicare LGBT loopholes

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act in the U.S. House, a bill to close loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, including same-sex couples, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits that they have earned.

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Exxon Mobil to follow new LGBT anti-bias rules for federal contractors

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Exxon-Mobil
IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will comply with new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, but isn't saying whether it will formalize that wording in its corporate policies. President Barack Obama signed the executive order with the new protections Monday.

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Obama grants workplace protections to LGBT workers of federal contractors

| Monday, July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Obama’s executive orders signed Monday prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people...

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Same-sex marriage legal challenges: Where things stand, state-by-state

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
Pennsylvania
State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them. Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and...

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Obama to sign LGBT anti-discrimination orders without new religious exemption

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama's action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling ...

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Civil rights groups, lawmakers step up pressure on Obama over executive order

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
AP (File)
Dozens of civil rights organizations and a group of Democratic lawmakers have signed letters this week asking President Barack Obama not to exempt “religiously affiliated contractors” from a planned executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors. The letters come as the debate over religious liberty intensifies in the wake of a recent ...

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Number of people living with HIV worldwide unchanged since 2012

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Students paste red ribbons on a window to mark World AIDS Day.
LONDON -- The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United Nations AIDS agency released Wednesday. Officials declared that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible even though they acknowledged...

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Large-scale government health survey reports on gay, bisexual Americans

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
AP
Less than 3 percent of U.S. adults identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation. The National Health Interview Survey, released Tuesday by U.S. Centers for Disease Control, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves...

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