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Bill allowing gay couples to file joint tax returns clears first hurdle in Colo. senate

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Colorado state capitol in Denver.
DENVER -- The Colorado state Senate of Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill that would allow same-sex couples married outsiode of Colorado to jointly file their state tax return.

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Ill. innkeeper expects more legal troubles when he refuses to host gay weddings

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Jim Walder
PAXTON, Ill. — The owner of an Illinois inn who is the subject of a civil rights complaint for refusing to host same-sex civil union ceremonies, says he will refuse to allow same-sex weddings when the state's marriage equality law takes effect in June.

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Catholic school leader who ousted gay vice principal resigns

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Sister Mary E. Tracy, SNJM
SEATTLE -- The president of a Catholic school in Washington state who allegedly fired a gay vice principal becuase he married his same-sex partner, then suggested he divorce to keep his job, has resigned in the aftermath of the turmoil that followed that decision.

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The Tragedy of Dr. V

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
transgender
As a transgender person, my relationship with mass media hasn’t always been the best of relationships. Every single day, when I watch television, or a film, or read news articles, or books, or even twitter, I feel like I’m walking through a minefield. Inevitably, I will step on one and be onslaught with some horribly insensitive comment or dehumanizing portrayal of a trans person. The systemic view of trans individuals as non-people is too ubiquitous, and the lack of understanding of our struggles coming to terms with our identities has created a mythologization of our lives with little concern for our perspective...

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Appeals court gives Utah more time to prepare for same-sex marriage case

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has granted Utah’s request for more time to prepare opening arguments in defense of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

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Fla. school lifts suspension on student who appeared in gay adult films

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Robert Marucci
COCOA, Fla. -- A Florida school district on Tuesday lifted the suspension of a high school senior who claimed he was kicked out for appearing in gay adult films.

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Va. tables bill to ban discrimination against LGBT state workers

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia Senate committee on Monday tabled a bill that would have banned discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Ind. speaker pushes gay marriage ban by moving bill to ‘friendlier’ committee

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Brian Bosma
INDIANAPOLIS -- Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma on Tuesday sent a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to a new committee amid concerns that it lacked support on another panel.

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Federal appeals court: Jurors may not be removed based on sexual orientation

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation, extending to gays and lesbians a civil right that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously promised only women and racial minorities.

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Same-sex marriage and taxes: Gay couples could face surprises at tax time

| Tuesday, January 21, 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.
[caption id="attachment_123527" align="alignleft" width="665"] 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...

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