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Oregon to begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed out-of-state

| Thursday, October 17, 2013
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SALEM, Ore. -- The state of Oregon will now recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed out of state, according to a report by the Willamette Week.

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Portland Trail Blazers first NBA team to support marriage equality

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
APPortland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have become the first NBA team to publicly support marriage equality for same-sex couples.

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Democrat, longtime LGBT ally Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate election in N.J.

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor.

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Sacramento city council committee advances transgender rights ordinance

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento city council committee on Tuesday voted to advance a measure that would add gender identity to the city's non-discrimination law.

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LGBT History Month profile: Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo

Equality Forum | Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Elio Di Rupo is the prime minister of Belgium and head of the Socialist Party. He is the first openly gay man to lead a nation.

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The wait continues: Mich. gay marriage ruling stuns couples across the state

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Melanie Maxwell, The Ann Arbor News/APDana Bauer, right, comforts her partner Tracy Pennington, left, after the couple learned they would not be able to apply for a marriage license at Washtenaw County Clerk's Office on Wednesday.
DETROIT — Same-sex couples queued up all afternoon at county courthouses, some even carrying wedding flowers. Then a federal judge deciding whether to throw out Michigan's gay marriage ban shocked everyone, saying simply: Wait 'til next year.

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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day 2013

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Millions of LGBT people and their allies will dress in purple on Thursday — both in person and online — to mark the fourth annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying.

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What the attack on Scott Jones tells us about fear and courage

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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This violent attack didn’t happen in a notoriously anti-gay country such as Russia, Jamaica or Uganda. This happened in Canada, one of the gay-friendliest countries in the world where anti-discrimination laws have been in effect since 1998. And the province of Nova Scotia is no exception to its country’s rules. So what does this attack tell us? It tells us what the other senseless hate crimes have told us this year: that we are not yet in a position to let down our guard even on the streets we call home. And that is tragic...

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N.C. county votes to add protections for transgender workers

MATT COMER | QNotes | Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County, N.C., commissioners on Tuesday voted 6-3 to add protections for transgender workers to the county’s non-discrimination policy.

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Federal judge not ready to rule on Mich. gay marriage ban; sets February trial date

| Wednesday, October 16, 2013
David Coates, APGay rights supporters rally in front of the federal courthouse in Detroit Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
DETROIT -- A federal judge stunned the courtroom Wednesday by saying he'll hold a trial before deciding whether to overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

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