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Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.

SPLC asks court to block House GOP attempt to delay disabled veteran’s case

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday asked a federal court to block efforts by U.S. House Republicans to further delay a decorated 12-year U.S. Army veteran in a legal same-sex marriage from seeking the same benefits provided to other married veterans and their spouses. [ Read more → ]
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Roundup: MT GOP wants to imprison gays, flawed study on gay parenting

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A new study tries to show that the kids of gay and lesbian parents are worse off than the kids of straight parents. We'll take a look at all of the problems with that study, and there's a lot of them. Montana Democrats endorse marriage equality, while Montana Republicans call for throwing gay couples in jail. [ Read more → ]
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New Yorker ‘June Brides’ cover coincides with anniversary of NY marriage equality

Monday, June 18, 2012
Almost one year to the date since New York state legalized same-sex marriage, the June 25 issue of New Yorker magazine features this illustration, entitled "June Brides" by Gayle Kabaker. [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon general counsel to keynote Defense Department Pride event

Monday, June 18, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson is set to keynote a Pride celebration for gay service members and LGBT civilians next week, the Washington Blade has learned. [ Read more → ]
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Police in Uganda raid workshop on gay rights, arrest LGBT activists

Monday, June 18, 2012
Police in Kampala, Uganda on Monday raided a gay rights meeting and arrested several LGBT activists gathered at the Essela Hotel in Najjeera, a Kampala suburb, accusing the participants of “propagating gay issues in Uganda.” [ Read more → ]
Naka Nathaniel

Eagle Scout renounces rank in protest of Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy

Monday, June 18, 2012
Naka Nathaniel, a once devoted and proud Eagle Scout, said he is renouncing his rank until the Boy Scouts of America ends its ban on gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey dubs same-sex relationships ‘pathetic’ and ‘lifeless’

Monday, June 18, 2012
Mission America’s Linda Harvey almost always dedicates her radio show to denouncing the gay community, and Saturday’s program was no different as she blasted gay parents as “pathetic” and selfish for not raising children with two parents of the opposite sex. [ Read more → ]
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Michigan bill would allow counseling students to refuse LGBT patients

Monday, June 18, 2012
Last week, extremists in the Michigan Legislature made passage of House Bill 5040, or what I like to call the “First Do Harm” bill, a major priority before breaking for the summer. The bill would prohibit public colleges and universities from disciplining students participating in counseling, social work and psychology programs who refuse treatment to a patient based on the patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity, if it is motivated by a “sincerely held religious belief.” [ Read more → ]
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Latest Maine poll suggests voters likely to approve same-sex marriage

Monday, June 18, 2012
A November ballot referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine appears likely to pass, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted last week by WBUR Radio, follows the indicators of recent national polls, which show increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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To loving, accepting fathers everywhere, ‘Happy Father’s Day’

Sunday, June 17, 2012
It is true that there is a feeling of immortality in seeing our offspring grow and develop into young adults, with all the hope and clamor of life, but we must rejoice in their ability to bring new experiences to life, and new life to older experiences, free from the restrictions that we parents might have had to endure... [ Read more → ]
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I am the man my father built

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Ultimately, Dad raised exactly what he valued, a man who steps up and asks stupid questions and knows that to soar you must risk the occasional, spectacular crash. On my best days I live happily as the man my father built, writing and living as an HIV positive queer for all to see and never afraid to take a risk... [ Read more → ]
The Chicken Ranch is a legal, licensed brothel located about 60 miles (97 km) west of Las Vegas near the town of Pahrump,

Family values: Nevadans support brothels over marriage equality

Sunday, June 17, 2012
There’s one thing Nevada voters across party lines can agree on: they love them some brothels, according to recent Public Policy Polling. [ Read more → ]
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NOM livid over General Mills’ opposition to Minnesota marriage amendment

Saturday, June 16, 2012
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Food giant General Mills this week took a stand against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. [ Read more → ]
Kameron Slade

Banned from contest, 5th grader OK’d to recite gay marriage essay at school assembly

Saturday, June 16, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. -- A fifth grade student in Queens, N.Y., who earlier this week was prohibited from reading an essay on marriage equality that he wrote for a school competition, will be allowed to recite his essay during a special assembly. [ Read more → ]
Matt Moonen

Gay candidates win primaries in California, Nevada, Maine

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Nevada and Maine could see the number of openly gay state lawmakers triple after Victory Fund-endorsed candidates advanced in primary elections this week, while in California, nine LGBT state legislative candidates won their primaries, setting the state up to elect the largest LGBT caucus ever. [ Read more → ]
Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Obama hosts White House LGBT Pride reception (Video)

Friday, June 15, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday hosted a reception in the East Room of the White House in observance of LGBT Pride Month, the fourth such reception of his presidency. [ Read more → ]
Mari Carmen Aponte

Senate confirms pro-gay U.S. ambassador to El Salvador

Friday, June 15, 2012
The U.S. Senate broke an impasse on Thursday to confirm a U.S. ambassador to El Salvador who had previously been denied the position in part of because of a pro-gay editorial she wrote in one of the country’s newspapers. [ Read more → ]
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Cook County State’s Attorney: Illinois gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Friday, June 15, 2012
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez held a press conference with County Clerk David Orr, the defendant in two lawsuits seeking marriage equality, both advising that same-sex marriage should be legal in Illinois. Alvarez filed a motion in support of the lawsuits Thursday, admitting that the state’s ban is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Gay parents study: Dollarship disguised as scholarship

Friday, June 15, 2012
There are two things we know about the religious right: They have no faith in science, and they cynically distort science to justify their faith. The latest example is a new study by University of Texas researcher Mark Regnerus (pictured), “How Different are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships?” [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Defense Secretary releases video honoring gay, lesbian service members

Friday, June 15, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Friday released a video recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month, and thanked the families of gay and lesbian service members and LGBT civilians. [ Read more → ]
Tracy Thorne-Begland

Virginia Circuit Court appoints openly gay prosecutor to interim judgeship

Thursday, June 14, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Circuit Court on Thursday appointed openly gay Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland to fill one of several vacancies on the city District Court, just one month after the state’s General Assembly rejected his nomination. [ Read more → ]
Fred Karger and Nanette Billings

Utah GOP official’s wife calls gay candidate ‘wicked,’ ‘pathetic’

Thursday, June 14, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- While kicking off his campaign in Utah, openly-gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger was called “pathetic” and an “idiot” by Nanette Billings, wife of Washington County Republican Party Chairman Willie Billings. [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon to hold ‘pride’ event to honor gay, lesbian service members

Thursday, June 14, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday announced it will soon hold its first ever "pride" event to recognize gay and lesbian service members. [ Read more → ]
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Los Angeles mayor Villaraigosa joins campaign for marriage equality

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is an "American for Marriage Equality." The mayor of the nation's second most populous city, said in a video released by the HRC on Thursday, that "gays and lesbians should be afforded the same fundamental rights as all Americans, to love whomever they choose, and to proclaim that love with marriage.” [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney

Would ‘President Romney’ undo pro-LGBT advances?

Thursday, June 14, 2012
As President Obama and Mitt Romney articulate competing visions for the future in their presidential campaigns, most LGBT rights advocates agree the choice couldn’t be more stark given the advances the community has seen over the past three-and-a-half years and the anti-gay positions espoused by the Republican candidate. [ Read more → ]
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