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Holder: DOJ prepared to urge Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

| Sunday, July 13, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is prepared to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans across the country should the high court take up one of the challenges currently before the federal appellate courts.

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Republican governors’ rhetoric softening on same-sex marriage

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
From left: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), and Gov.Terry Branstad (R-Iowa).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be...

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National Gay Blood Drive urges FDA to end ban on gay male blood donors

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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A National Gay Blood Drive is taking place in more than 60 U.S. cities on Friday to call attention to the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s longstanding ban prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The drive – which is open to everyone – is organized by filmmaker and activist Ryan James Yezak with the help of local leaders and volunteers from ...

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Pelosi backs ENDA despite concerns over broad religious exemptions

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she still supports a Senate-passed bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people. A number of national LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption. The California Democrat says she understands the...

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A look at what’s next for same-sex marriage in the U.S.

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Utah’s decision to ask the nation’s highest court to review a federal appeals court ruling in favor of gay marriage nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. State officials said Wednesday they plan to ask the justices to review a June 25 ruling from a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found Utah’s same-sex marriage ban ...

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Obama faces pressure over religious exemption in anti-bias order

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring. Many religious leaders and conservative groups want him to exempt religious organizations from the order...

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Six national LGBT rights groups drop ENDA support over religious exemptions

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced Tuesday that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), fearing that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill could compel private companies to cite objections similar to those that prevailed in last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby.

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Obama announces expanded safeguards for transgender workers

| Monday, June 30, 2014
President Barack Obama, left, with first lady Michelle Obama, speaks during a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- The White House is preparing an executive order offering transgender federal workers formal protection from discrimination at work, President Barack Obama announced Monday at a White House reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month. At least two other measures already prevent the federal government from firing people for being transgender ...

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Supreme Court: Corporations can hold religious objections to contraceptive coverage

| Monday, June 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

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U.S. takes LGBT rights global, despite mixed welcome abroad

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Participants of the Christopher Street Day parade through Berlin, Saturday June 21, 2014, with a float depicting the Statue of Liberty. The Obama administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn’t been won at home.
President Barack Obama has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world to promote a cause that still divides his own country. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to backfire, increasing the pressure on those it is meant to help.
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