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Atlanta police department drafts transgender interaction policy

| Saturday, October 11, 2014
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta police have adopted new policies establishing guidelines for officers' interaction with transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming citizens. Chief George Turner said in a statement Thursday that the guideline are meant to ensure that transgender people and others are given the same level of respect and courtesy as others.

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Coming Out – Yes, it still does matter

| Saturday, October 11, 2014
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I didn’t come out until I was 50. In those 50 years I lied, cheated on a husband, denied who I was and tried desperately to be the daughter, sister, wife, cousin, friend that I was expected to be. It didn’t work – it never works. And those who believe that to be gay is a choice we make, well, they will never, ever understand the struggle that takes place within most of our souls....

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Today is National Coming Out Day

| Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day -- the internationally observed day to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and LGBT civil rights movement.

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Kansas Supreme Court blocks marriage licenses for same-sex couples

| Friday, October 10, 2014
Kelli, left, and Angela pose for a picture after their wedding ceremony at the Johnson County Court House in Olathe, Kan., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The Johnson County newlyweds asked to be identified only by their first names to help protect their privacy, but did agree to allow a photograph of them after the ceremony to be used. In a statement released through the gay-rights group Equality Kansas, they said they wanted to celebrate privately.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Hours after Kansas' most populous county issued a same-sex marriage license to a couple who quickly wed, the state Supreme Court on Friday blocked the granting of any more such licenses. But the victory for supporters of the Kansas Constitution's ban on gay marriage could be short-lived. The state's highest court signaled...

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Federal judge considers fate of Alaska same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, October 10, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A federal judge in Alaska said Friday he will consider a case seeking to overturn the nation's first gay marriage ban. Five gay couples sued the state of Alaska to overturn a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1998 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. They say it violates their...

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Federal judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban in North Carolina

| Friday, October 10, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge in North Carolina struck down the state's gay marriage ban Friday, opening the way for the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately. U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr., in Asheville issued a ruling shortly after 5 p.m. declaring the ban approved by state voters in 2012 unconstitutional.

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U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay on Idaho same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, October 10, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho. The court issued an order Friday that appears to remove the last legal obstacle keeping gay and lesbian couples from getting married in the conservative state.

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Judge in North Carolina marriage case sets deadline for additional briefs

| Friday, October 10, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The judge overseeing a pair of challenges to North Carolina's gay marriage ban has asked for more briefs in the case, setting a new deadline for early next week. Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. in Greensboro issued a Friday afternoon order asking for answers to a series of questions and setting a deadline...

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SSA offices turning away same-sex couples in new marriage equality states

| Friday, October 10, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Married, same-sex couples are being turned away at Social Security offices in Utah, and presumably other states where marriage equality became legal this week, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that effectively overturned gay marriage bans in Utah and four other states.

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Judge signals Arizona same-sex marriage ban could fall

| Friday, October 10, 2014
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PHOENIX -- The federal judge considering challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban says the outcome appears to be dictated by an appellate court's ruling overturning bans in two other states. U.S. District Judge John Sedwick said in an order issued Thursday that the sides in one of the Arizona cases may submit briefs discussing the...

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