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Judge rules discrimination case against Library of Congress can move forward

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
Peter TerVeer
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ruled that a gay man's discrimination lawsuit against the Library of Congress can move forward, and that he could find relief under protections already provided under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.

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Same-sex spouses to be recognized for Medicare eligibility, enrollment

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration announced Thursday that same-sex spouses will be recognized in administering several aspects of the Medicare program, regardless of where the couple resides.

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Harvey Milk commemorative stamp revealed, scheduled to be issued May 22

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Linns Stamp News has unveiled the design for the U.S. commemorative stamp featuring slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

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SSA updates policy on survivor benefits for transgender spouses

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Robina Asti
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) on Tuesday updated its policies regarding the ability of transgender individuals to receive benefits through their spouses.

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OkCupid.com blocks Firefox users over CEO’s opposition to same-sex marriage

| Monday, March 31, 2014
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Dating and social networking website OkCupid.com on Monday began blocking Firefox users with a wall that informs them of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Federal appeals court may take another look at ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling

| Friday, March 28, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
A federal appeals court ruling that had appeared to make it harder for states to justify a ban on same-sex marriage, by raising the constitutional barrier to laws based on sexual orientation, may now be given a new look. 

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Same-sex couples finding uneven access to health insurance

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
Matt Rourke, APCarl Bechdel, left, and his husband Dan Miller, at their home in Harrisburg, Pa. It took two months of near daily phone calls and emails to an insurer for Bechdel and Miller to get family coverage under the federal health law. The couple was initially told their application was not processed because Pennsylvania doesn't recognize their marriage.
For same-sex couples, access to family insurance plans under Affordable Care Act is not guaranteed this year, and their options run the gamut, mirroring in part the patchwork of state laws governing same-sex marriage that have changed rapidly in recent years.

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Higher Education Anti-harassment Act reintroduced in U.S. Senate

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
Courtesy: VKristopher Sharp (left) with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would require colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to enact an anti-harassment policy. [caption id="attachment_133516" align="alignright" width="450"] Courtesy: Kathryn RobertsonKristopher Sharp (left) with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.[/caption]...

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Justice Dept. to train local police forces to work with transgender people

| Thursday, March 27, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals, a population authorities say is disproportionately harmed by violence.

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On eve of meeting with Pope Francis, Obama lectures Russia on LGBT rights

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pablo Martinez Monsivais,  APPresident Barack Obama in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday again took aim at Russia's anti-gay laws following talks with European Union and NATO leaders on Russia's military-backed annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

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