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U.S. Supreme Court adds same-sex marriage cases to Sept. 29 agenda

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29. The action Wednesday does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time...

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U.S. House panel rejects spousal benefits bill for LGBT veterans

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday rejected a measure that would have enabled veterans with same-sex spouses to receive partner benefits regardless of where they reside. The Washington Blade reports that the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs rejected the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act by a vote of 12-13.

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80 Utah lawmakers warn Supreme Court that gay marriage could lead to polygamy, incest

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Eighty members of the Utah state legislature have filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, because allowing gay to marry could lead to incestuous and polygamous marriages. The amicus brief supporting Utah's appeal asserts that the ...

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Study: 24,000 transgender voters could be disenfranchised in November

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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LOS ANGELES – Ten states’ strict voter ID laws may create substantial barriers to voting and possible disenfranchisement for more than 24,000 transgender voters this November. According to a new study entitled, “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” authored by the Williams Institute’s ...

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court finally settle the issue of marriage equality?

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justices: Back row (left to right): Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagan. Front row (left to right): Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
WASHINGTON -- Both sides in the same-sex marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Even a justice recently said she thinks so, too. The emerging consensus makes it likely that the justices soon will agree to take up the question of whether the Constitution forbids states from defining marriage as the union of a...

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More women’s colleges address transgender applicants

| Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.
BOSTON — Women’s colleges are revisiting policies around enrolling transgender students as institutions of higher learning – single-sex, coed and those with religious affiliations – demonstrate varying degrees of acceptance for changing norms. Mills College in Oakland, California, recently became the first women’s college in the U.S. to declare it would accept ...

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‘The Talk’ host Sara Gilbert, rocker Linda Perry expecting (Video)

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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"Roseanne" alum and "The Talk" host Sara Gilbert announced Tuesday that she and her wife, rock songwriter-producer Linda Perry, are expecting their first child together. Gilbert told her "Talk" co-hosts that she would not be facing her fear of a cinderblock being broken on her stomach during their "Face Your Fears" week.

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Healey wins big in Mass. Attorney General primary

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Massachusetts Attorney General candidate Maura Healey won the hotly-contested Democratic primary, advancing to the November general election. If she wins in November, Healey would become the first openly LGBT attorney general candidate ever elected in the United States.

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GOP U.S. Senate candidate trumpets endorsement from gay marriage plaintiffs

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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SALEM, Ore. -- Two of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit that led to Oregon allowing same-sex marriage are throwing their support behind Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby. Wehby's campaign trumpeted the endorsement from Ben West and Paul Rummell on Tuesday. Her campaign released a television ad featuring West, who says...

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Fla. judge vacates same-sex marriage ruling on legal technicality

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Broward County judge, who last month struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, vacated his own ruling Thursday on a legal technicality. The Miami Herald reports that Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen vacated his decision because a petitioner in the case “failed to comply with (state law)” and notify “the Office of the...

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