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First transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
Cameron Partridge
WASHINGTON -- An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.

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Gay U.S. Congressman, gubernatorial candidate leads Maine pride parade

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
PORTLAND, Maine -- A Democratic candidate who reluctantly came out of the closet last year found himself serving as the grand marshal of Maine's biggest gay pride parade and festival Saturday and urged activists to continue fighting to eliminate discrimination and promote equality. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), who would become ...

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McAuliffe becomes first Va. governor to issue LGBT Pride proclamation

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (center) with openly gay state lawmakers Mark Sickles (left) and Adam Ebbin (right), at a private LGBT Pride Month celebration in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- In a private reception held at the Governor’s Mansion earlier this week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe proclaimed June LGBT Pride month, making him the first ever Virginia governor to do so. Equality Virginia’s Executive Director James Parrish was in attendance at the event, thanked McAuliffe for taking this step and showing his support ...

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Massachusetts to remove barriers to transgender related healthcare

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- A range of gender identity treatments — including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery — could soon be covered in both private insurance and in public programs for Massachusetts residents. [caption id="attachment_144308" align="alignright" width="450"] Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)[/caption] The Patrick administration said Friday that...

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Texas man admits abducting, severely beating gay man he met online

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Brice Johnson
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A North Texas man has pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge, admitting that he abducted and severely beat a gay man he met through an online service.

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Ark. legislators OK statement urging court to uphold same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Legislative Council has approved a resolution that urges the state Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages. The measure by Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway passed easily on a voice vote, despite strenuous objections from some Democrats.

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New York state sued over lack of transgender Medicaid coverage

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
New-York
NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan against the state health commissioner, seeks class-action status on behalf of ...

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Effort to repeal Ohio same-sex marriage ban won’t make November ballot

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A key organizer in the ballot effort to overturn Ohio's same-sex marriage ban says a revised proposal lacks the required signatures to go before voters this fall. FreedomOhio's executive director Ian James also said Thursday the campaign would not have had enough money to run an effective statewide campaign this year.

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Alaska defends same-sex marriage ban as its ‘sovereign state’ right

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska -- The state of Alaska denies its laws on marriage curb the constitutional rights of five same-sex couples suing over its same-sex marriage ban. State attorneys say Alaska isn't required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and that, as a sovereign state, Alaska has the right to define and regulate marriage.

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Ind. says it has the right to pick and choose which marriages it recognizes

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- States have the right to decide which out-of-state licenses they choose to recognize, including marriage licenses, attorneys for Indiana argued in a brief filed with a federal appeals court. The filing by the Indiana attorney general's office Wednesday in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago was in response to...

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