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Nation’s largest rail carriers to offer health care benefits to same-sex spouses

| Wednesday, December 4, 2013
BNSF
SEATTLE — The nation’s largest freight rail carriers announced Wednesday they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle.

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Angry mom wants harassment of transgender child to stop

| Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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MARENGO, Ohio -- An Ohio mother says her 9-year-old transgender child is being harassed on social media and she wants it to stop.

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Court hears discrimination case against bakery over wedding cake denial

| Wednesday, December 4, 2013
KDVR-TV
DENVER -- A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony should not be forced to violate his religious beliefs, his attorney told a judge deciding whether the cake-maker should be made to accommodate gay couples.

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Neb. county votes to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees

| Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SourceOmaha, county seat of Douglas County, Neb.
OMAHA, Neb. — Douglas County, Neb., will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees who were legally married in other states, said board officials who voted Tuesday in favor of the measure.

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Challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban back in court

| Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday as a federal court judge hears arguments in a case being closely watched around the U.S.

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Israeli president Shimon Peres endorses same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013
APShimon Peres
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday endorsed same-sex marriage, saying "we must allow everyone to live as is natural to them."

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Olympian Tom Daley’s mystery man: Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Dustin Lance Black (left) and Tom Daley
LONDON — British Olympic diver Tom Daley, who revealed publicly for the first time on Monday that he is in a relationship with another man, is dating LGBT activist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, according to E! News, and confirmed by sources to LGBTQ Nation.

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Johnny Weir apologizes after calling gay activists ‘idiots’ for anti-Russian protests

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013
APJohnny Weir
NEW YORK — Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir apologized Tuesday after lashing out at gay rights activists during a speech at Barnard College, calling them “idiots” for their anti-Russian protests, which he labeled “useless.”

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Two same-sex couples sue BNSF Railway over denied health benefits

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Ted S. Warren, APMichael Hall (left), a locomotive engineer, is suing BNSF Railway, saying his husband Eli (right) has repeatedly been denied health benefits even though same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state.
SEATTLE -- Two workers sued one of the nation's largest rail companies Tuesday, saying their same-sex spouses have repeatedly been denied health benefits even though voters in Washington state legalized gay marriage last year.

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Fraternity gets probation after student says he was rejected because he is gay

| Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Brian Stewart
BALTIMORE -- A fraternity at Morgan State University in Baltimore has been placed on probation until 2015 following an investigation that a student was rejected because he is gay.

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