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Wis. Democrats seek federal benefits for married, same-sex couples

Monday, June 16, 2014
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- The four Democratic members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize the marriages of gay couples who recently wed in Wisconsin. More than 500 couples wed from June 6 to Friday after a federal judge declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. [...]

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Obama to sign order extending protections to LGBT workers of federal contractors

Monday, June 16, 2014
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday. [...]

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Police officer investigated for forceful arrest at Pittsburgh pride event

Monday, June 16, 2014
PrideFest-arrest
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A Pittsburgh police officer has been put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city's LGBT pride parade and festival. Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday the officer will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation. [...]

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Ala. couple asks judge to skip trial, rule on same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 16, 2014
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
MOBILE, Ala. — Two women challenging Alabama’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages are asking a judge to decide the case without holding a trial. Attorneys for Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand of Mobile filed the request in federal court in Mobile. They have one of three federal lawsuits challenging Alabama’s [...]

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Pittsburgh mayor officiates weddings for 19 same-sex couples

Monday, June 16, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has officiated his first weddings since taking office in January, presiding over a group ceremony for 19 same-sex couples in City Council chambers. The weddings coincided with the Pittsburgh Pridefest, and some of the couples had marched in the Pride Parade before they were [...]

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Gay politician attacked with acid substance at Vienna pride event

Monday, June 16, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- Austria's first openly gay politician was the victim of an attack at Friday's annual LGBT pride parade in Vienna. An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at Ulrike Lunacek, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the European Parliament, as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of [...]

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Kan. county granting divorces to same-sex couples married in other states

Monday, June 16, 2014
Douglas County Courthouse in Lawrence, Kan.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Same-sex couples who marry in other states won't find many places in Kansas to divorce if the relationship fails. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Douglas County is currently the only county in Kansas that has issued divorces for same-sex couples. [...]

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Texas lawmaker pens letter to lesbian daughter pledging support for gay rights

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
In an open letter to his lesbian daughter, a Texas state lawmaker is using Father's Day to come out in support of gay rights. "It saddens me to know that you live your life in a society that views you as "different," or as someone who should not enjoy the [...]

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For gay dads, two new websites help navigate joys, struggles of fatherhood

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Gays with Kids founders Ferd Van Gameren (left) and Brian Rosenberg, with their son Levi and daughters Ella and Sadie.
Just in time Father's Day comes two new websites geared toward gay dads and the joys and struggles of fatherhood. Gays With Kids helps gay dads navigate fatherhood − from creating their families to raising them, and The Handsome Father offers advice, assistance and support to other men looking for [...]

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Thousands celebrate in Brooklyn’s annual LGBT pride festival

Sunday, June 15, 2014
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Thousands gathered in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood on Saturday to celebrate at the Brooklyn Pride Festival, and its annual parade, led this year by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, one of the event's four grand marshals and the first NYC mayor to lead a pride parade. [...]

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