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Looking back at the most historic date in LGBT history…

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  case. On June 26, 2013, the court struck down a key provision of DOMA that denied federal recognition to married, same-sex couples.
June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations. It is the day in 2013 when a Supreme Court procedural ruling enabled same-sex couples to marry in California. And it is the day in 2013 ...

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A look at same-sex marriage legal challenges across U.S.

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them. Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia...

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Biden: Protecting LGBT rights must trump national cultures, social traditions

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Joe Biden
WASHINGTON -- Seeking to mobilize a global front against anti-gay violence and discrimination, Vice President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions. Biden told a gathering of U.S. and international gay rights advocates that ...

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Court orders U.S. to pay NOM $50K for ‘leaked’ tax information

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
NOM chairman John Eastman
WASHINGTON -- A federal court has ordered the U.S. government to pay $50,000 to the National Organization for Marriage after the group claimed that confidential donor information from its tax returns was "leaked" to an activist and later published by the Human Rights Campaign and the Huffington Post.

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Rice: LGBT rights among the most challenging global human rights issues

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Susan Rice
WASHINGTON -- With anti-gay laws taking root in nearly 80 countries, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday cast the protection of gays from global discrimination, abuse and even death as one of the most challenging international human rights issue facing the United States. Rice told a White House forum of gay rights advocates...

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Campaign aims to end gay-to-straight conversion therapy within five years

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- An LGBT legal advocacy group hopes to bring an end to the controversial practice of "gay-to-straight" conversion therapy in U.S. within the next five years. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on Tuesday announced the launch of "#BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy," a campaign that would ...

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U.S. Conference of Mayors urges courts to allow same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
DALLAS -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors is urging federal courts up to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex couples nationwide to marry. More than 200 mayors gathered in Dallas for a 4-day conference that ended Monday.

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Without fanfare, Obama Administration advances transgender rights

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall in New York on June 17, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration's advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans. With little of the fanfare or criticism that marked his evolution...

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Secretary of State John Kerry celebrates LGBT Pride Month

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
John Kerry
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the Department of State "joins the world in celebrating LGBT Pride Month" and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBT persons around the globe.

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Obama Administration expands federal benefits for married same-sex couples

| Friday, June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where same-sex marriage is against the law. The new measures range from ...

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