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Calif. requires health plans to offer equal fertility coverage for same-sex couples

| Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Tuesday.

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Calif. governor Jerry Brown signs transgender birth certificate bill

| Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill designed to make it easier for transgender Californians to obtain birth certificates reflecting name and gender changes.

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LGBT History Month profile: Holocaust survivor Gad Beck

Equality Forum | Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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Gad Beck was a Holocaust survivor who helped gays and Jews escape the Nazis. He was born in Berlin to a Jewish father and a Protestant mother who converted to Judaism. In 1943, Beck and his father were seized by the Nazis.

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Lawyers fighting against Ill. same-sex marriage case want case dismissed

| Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Patrick Bova and Jim Darby, lead plaintiffs in the Lambda Legal suit, entered into a civil union in 2011.
CHICAGO -- Lawyers fighting a lawsuit by 25 same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in Illinois are making a new push to have the case dismissed.

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Idaho lawmaker questions legality of new tax rules for married, same-sex couples

| Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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BOISE, Idaho -- A state lawmaker contends that Idaho's tax collectors risk violating the U.S. Constitution by requiring same-sex couples who are legally married elsewhere to do extra work when filing their state income taxes.

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Pa. officials ask to be released as defendants in same-sex marriage lawsuit

| Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane (left) and Gov. Tom Corbett
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's governor, its chief legal officer and its health secretary are asking to be released as defendants in a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's gay-marriage ban.

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Louisiana, Jindal administration at odds with federal benefits rules

| Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Federal regulations are loosening to offer more benefits to same-sex married couples around the nation, but not so in Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is complicating how couples can get those federal benefits.

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LGBT History Month profile: Activist and author Joseph Beam

Equality Forum | Monday, October 7, 2013
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Joseph Beam was a gay rights activist who helped build a black LGBT community in the 1980s. He was the editor of “In the Life,” the first collection of nonfiction works by and about black gay men.

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Christie administration makes final case to delay same-sex marriages

| Monday, October 7, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
TRENTON, N.J. -- The Christie administration on Monday made its final case for why a judge should put on hold a ruling that would legalize gay marriage effective Oct. 21.

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Transgender high school student in N.H. crowned Homecoming King

| Monday, October 7, 2013
Melissa Robertson, The Crimson ReviewAnna Robert and Ray Ramsey.
CONCORD, N.H. -- A transgender high school senior in New Hampshire has been crowned homecoming king at Concord High School.

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