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APBradley Manning

Prosecutors give closing argument in Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks trial

Thursday, July 25, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- The court-martial of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking a trove of classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is winding down, with prosecutors giving their closing argument on Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Lilli Vincenz

Library of Congress acquires activist’s vast collection of gay rights memorabilia

Thursday, July 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Library of Congress has acquired the papers, photographs, films and memorabilia of gay rights pioneer Lilli Vincenz, the nation's largest library announced Thursday. [ Read more → ]

FEC: Political donations by married, gay couples require equal treatment

Thursday, July 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that the political contributions of married same-sex couples should be treated equally to the donations of married straight couples, acting after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee includes juror non-discrimination in appropriations bill

Thursday, July 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Legislation that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT citizens in the federal jury selection process has been included in the Financial Services Appropriations bill for fiscal 2014, following a Senate committee markup earlier this week. [ Read more → ]

Target gives $50K to group supporting anti-gay Va. candidate Ken Cuccinelli

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Back in 2010, Target Corporation was forced to apologize when it came out that it had funded campaign ads on behalf of virulently anti-gay Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The controversy hit the Minnesota-based company hard, in part because it vocally supports gay rights and has a reputation as a supportive workplace for LGBT people. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee advances military spouses, veterans benefits bills

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday approved a package of bills to improve benefits and health care services for veterans and their families, including the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act. [ Read more → ]

#Gay = Porn: Yahoo! blocks gay, lesbian search tags in recently acquired Tumblr

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Tumblr, the world’s most popular a microblogging platform is now censoring LGBT-related tags following its recent takeover by Yahoo!. [ Read more → ]
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

House GOP leadership abandons DOMA defense in ongoing cases

Thursday, July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- After spending more than $3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Republican leadership in the U.S. House said Thursday they are withdrawing their legal defense of the law that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Some LGBT activists say movement disproportionately prioritizes marriage

Thursday, July 18, 2013
NEW YORK -- Even as it celebrates victories in the push for same-sex marriage, America's gay-rights movement is experiencing self-criticism and internal divisions over its approach to other thorny issues. [ Read more → ]

MLB to strengthen policy against discrimination based on sexual orientation

Monday, July 15, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on Monday. [ Read more → ]

Scouting leaders focused on annual Jamboree, not gay vote

Monday, July 15, 2013
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. -- Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue aside and are focused on their 10-day national Jamboree. [ Read more → ]

Latest polls mixed on marriage equality, discrimination, religious freedom

Saturday, July 13, 2013
The latest polls released this week affirm growing support for marriage equality in several states around the nation, as well as growing support for LGBT-inclusive workplace protections. But another poll suggests religious freedom should trump discrimination laws. [ Read more → ]

Nationwide blood drive to call attention to FDA ban on gay, bisexual male donors

Thursday, July 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Gay rights activists are planning protests at blood donation centers across the nation on Friday to combat the Food and Drug Administration's ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. [ Read more → ]

Record number of healthcare facilities commit to equal care for LGBT patients

Thursday, July 11, 2013
WASHINGTON – U.S. hospitals and clinics are increasingly committed to equality for LGBT patients, according to a report released Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. [ Read more → ]

Senate panel OKs bill banning anti-LGBT workplace discrimination

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gay rights advocates won another victory Wednesday after a Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Minnesota Public RadioRichard Carlbom

Operative who led Minn. gay marriage campaign joins national advocacy group

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The man who led the successful effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has taken a prominent job with an advocacy group pushing to make it legal in more U.S. states. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions not the same as marriage when it comes to federal benefits

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples in a civil union will not be eligible for most federal benefits now available to married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Jose Luis Magana, APArmy Pfc. Bradley Manning arrives at the courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Monday, July 8, 2013, after the start of the sixth week of his court martial.

Defense seeks dismissal of charges against Bradley Manning

Monday, July 8, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- Lawyers for an Army private who gave reams of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks asked a court-martial judge to dismiss some of the charges against him. [ Read more → ]
Rich Pedroncelli, APU.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling already in use in other cases

Saturday, July 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling has private employers tweaking benefits

Friday, July 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law. [ Read more → ]

Polls: Americans largely unfazed by Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Two new polls released this week show a majority of Americans support marriage equality for same-sex couples, and are largely unfazed by last week's landmark Supreme Court decisions that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, and that cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California. [ Read more → ]
Bradley Manning

Prosecution rests in Bradley Manning’s WikiLeaks trial

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- Prosecutors rested their case against Pfc. Bradley Manning on Tuesday after presenting evidence from 80 witnesses, trying to prove the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst let military secrets fall into the hands of al-Qaida and its former leader Osama bin Laden. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee schedules vote on Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has scheduled a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). [ Read more → ]
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Napolitano: Homeland Security to process same-sex immigration benefits

Monday, July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will start reviewing applications for green cards and other immigration benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

HHS issues visitation policy for LGBT partners in hospice, long-term care

Monday, July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued an official policy guidance Monday making it clear that same-sex partners and others must be given equal visitation rights at long-term care facilities, regardless of their marital status. [ Read more → ]
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