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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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Wis. AG tells appeals court same-sex marriage isn’t a fundamental right

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause doesn't apply in cases involving sexual orientation and there's no fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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Colo. judge again refuses to stop Boulder same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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BOULDER, Colo. -- A Colorado state judge has again refused to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. In an order issued Wednesday and included in the file of a pending federal lawsuit on same-sex marriage, Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman denied Attorney General John Suthers’ request to put his previous ruling in favor of clerk Hillary Hall on hold.

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N.Y. agencies collecting data on gender identity to improve LGBT services

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Paul Hamilton
ALBANY, N.Y. -- State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will help the state better meet the needs of LGBT New Yorkers. A new report Wednesday identified eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.

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Marriage Equality USA: Interview with Edith Windsor (Part 2)

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Richard Drew, APEdith Windsor at the offices of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in New York. When it comes to things like estate taxes, the federal recognition of same-sex marriage will help legally married gay and lesbian couples. That was the issue in the Supreme Court decision in the case of Windsor, who had to pay estate taxes after her lesbian spouse died.
Just over one year ago, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases for the LGBT community. Since then, every one of more than a dozen court cases striking down same-sex marriage bans has used the Windsor decision at the core of their legal decision. In part two of Marriage Equality USA's three-part interview with plaintiff Edie Windsor, ...

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Report: Marriage equality would add $181 million, new jobs to Texas economy

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Texas would generate an estimated $181.6 million in spending to the state’s economy and generate over 1,500 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data — 46,401 same-sex couples...

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UPDATE: Fla. appeals court won’t lift stay in same-sex marriage case

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court will not overturn a judge's order that is blocking a Florida Keys gay couple from getting married. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday refused to invalidate a Monroe County judge's decision preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones and other gay couples...

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Federal judge in La. same-sex marriage case says no more arguments needed

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in Louisiana says he doesn't need to hear any more arguments in the case of a same-sex couple challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and has signaled he is prepared to rule the ban's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard arguments in June regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions ...

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GLAAD film industry report card reveals lack of LGBT visibility

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Hollywood
LOS ANGELES -- In its second annual report card on LGBT representation in motion pictures, media advocacy group GLAAD gives the film industry a mostly failing grade. GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the ...

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Gays are possessed by ‘putrid smelling’ demons that even pigs won’t tolerate

KYLE MANTYLA | Right Wing Watch | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Bert Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, had a piece published on Charisma Magazine’s website Tuesday in which he begged gay people to “please do not get upset with me” for trying to tell them “the raw, naked truth about homosexuality,” promising that if they will just listen to him, they “will see that I am actually trying to help you.”

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