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Facebook adds new gender option for users: ‘Fill in the blank’

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank. [...]

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Study: Stem cell breakthrough opens door to biological children of same-sex couples

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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An international team of scientists have shown that it is possible to create human sperm and eggs from stem cells derived from adult skin, regardless of the donor’s gender. [...]

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West Virginia House panel advances bill to nullify local LGBT protections

Thursday, February 26, 2015
West Virginia state capitol in Charleston.
A West Virginia House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would nullify local nondiscrimination ordinances that critics said amounted to “legislative gay bashing.” [...]

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Mexico’s quiet marriage equality revolution

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future.
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Alabama religious groups support Roy Moore’s stand against same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, leader of the Christian Defense Coalition, speaks in support of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, at a news conference in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 25, 2015.
Supporters who rallied around Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore during his 2003 Ten Commandments fight returned to Alabama Wednesday to praise his stand against same-sex marriage. [...]

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Why do bakeries have to sell wedding cakes for same-sex ceremonies?

Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Why do some bakeries have to sell gay wedding cakes, but they don't have to sell cakes with homophobic slurs? And what's REALLY at stake here? Unfurrow your confused brow with this Fireside Chat from Matt Baume. [...]

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Texas lawmakers, conservative leaders celebrate 10 years of marriage inequality

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Republican leaders in Austin joined members of the conservative coalition Texas Values to slice a ceremonial cake on the 10th anniversary of the passage of the so-called Texas Marriage Amendment, which defined marriage as "one man and one woman" in Texas.
Several Texas lawmakers joined conservative leaders at the state capitol in Tuesday for a controversial slice of symbolic wedding cake in a 10th anniversary celebration of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Cop who objected to riding in gay pride says he was unfairly branded a ‘bigot’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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A former Salt Lake City police officer who was put on leave and later resigned after he objected to riding in the motorcycle brigade at the front of last year's gay pride parade is speaking out against what he believes was a violation of his religious liberties. [...]

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Rabbi who presided over same‑sex wedding leads Texas House in prayer

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Sarah Goodfriend, left, and Suzanne Bryant hold hands with Rabbi Kerry Baker during their wedding ceremony outside of the Travis County Clerk's office in Austin, Texas on Thursday morning, Feb. 19, 2015.
The rabbi who defied Texas' same-sex marriage ban and wed a lesbian couple last week led the morning prayer in the Republican-dominated Texas House on Wednesday, catching staunch supporters of the prohibition off-guard. [...]

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Lawsuit settled over alleged bullying of gay students in Mississippi school district

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district. [...]

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