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Scott Sommerdor, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Same-sex marriage rulings in Utah, Okla., build momentum

Thursday, January 16, 2014
[caption id="attachment_120864" align="alignleft" width="665"] Scott Sommerdor, The Salt Lake Tribune (AP)Laurie Wood, left, and Kody Partridge, kiss after being told they are officially married by the Rev. Curtis L. Price in the lobby of the Salt Lake County offices, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Salt... [ Read more → ]
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

U.S. State Department issues travel alert for Sochi Olympics

Friday, January 10, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Americans planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, should be vigilant about their security due to potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care, the State Department advised Friday. [ Read more → ]
APU.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas)

GOP lawmaker wants to ban feds from recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages

Thursday, January 9, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require federal agencies to use a person's state of residence to determine federal recognition of marital status. [ Read more → ]
APBillie Jean King

Billie Jean King part of diplomacy by diversity: ‘We reflect part of America’

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Billie Jean King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it, so she had no hesitation joining the U.S. delegation for the Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court reviews Utah’s same-sex marriage law

Friday, January 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Legal arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court about Utah's overturned same-sex marriage ban have focused heavily on whether gay and lesbians can be suitable parents, provoking a debate on family values in the Mormon state. [ Read more → ]
Reed Saxon, APAubrey Loots, right, and Danny Leclair, the first gay couple to be married aboard a float in the Tournament of Roses, kiss after being wed by the Rev. Alfreda Lanoix of the Unity Fellowship Church of Christ, left, aboard the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float in the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding atop giant wedding cake float

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. — Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year's Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade. [ Read more → ]
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Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth, but ban on gay adult leaders remains

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday began accepting openly gay youth, a historic policy change that affects the scouting ranks, however the ban on gay scout leaders remains in effect. [ Read more → ]
David Norse

Presbyterian church in Philadelphia to welcome openly gay pastor

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A Presbyterian church in Philadelphia says it's welcoming an openly gay pastor. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Thompson, APBoy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle on June 30, 2013.

Boy Scouts of America prepare for historic policy change to allow gay youth

Saturday, December 28, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. [ Read more → ]
Marriage equality supporters outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013, waiting for decisions in cases involving California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

DOMA’s demise creates pathway to overturning state bans on gay marriage

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage debate predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act would create a pathway for more challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage. They were right. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Academy: No legal basis to terminate former ex-gay therapist

Monday, December 23, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force Academy said Friday that the academy will not fire or transfer a research analyst who came under fire last month for his history of work with organizations that seek to change gays’ and lesbians’ sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
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Experimental drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned

Thursday, December 19, 2013
NEW YORK -- Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people. [ Read more → ]
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Lockheed Martin ends Boy Scouts donations over ban on gay scout leaders

Thursday, December 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on gays serving as adult leaders. [ Read more → ]
Jason DeCrow, APBillie Jean King

Obama to skip Olympic games, selects gay athletes for Sochi delegation

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is - and isn't - sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Jeh Johnson

Key official in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal confirmed as Homeland Security secretary

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — Democrats used their newly initiated lower threshold for defeating filibusters Monday to win Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nomination of former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson to be Secretary of Homeland Security. [ Read more → ]
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‘Advocate’ names Pope Francis ‘most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people’

Monday, December 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES — The Advocate, the oldest and largest gay-interest magazine in the U.S., on Monday announced it has selected Pope Francis as “the single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.” [ Read more → ]
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Feds ease rules on health care tax breaks for married, same-sex couples

Monday, December 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is letting legally married same-sex couples claim some health care tax benefits for this year. [ Read more → ]
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Social Security begins processing survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

Monday, December 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Monday it has begun processing, and paying, some survivor’s benefits for married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Hagel: All states complying with new rules regarding same-sex spouse IDs

Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID cards in order to claim benefits. [ Read more → ]
Arne Duncan

Married, gay students to receive equal treatment in college loan applications

Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Students in same-sex marriages will be treated the same as their straight married classmates when it comes to federal college loan applications, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday in a shift that reflects this year's Supreme Court ruling that broadened gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Jason-Collins

Sports stars speak out against homophobia at UN Human Rights day

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dunham, APPresident Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Obama eulogizes Mandela: ‘You can make his life’s work your own’

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination. [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 companies

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Embassy in Manila.

U.S. Embassy in Manila issues its first visas to same-sex couples

Friday, December 6, 2013
MANILA, Luzon -- The United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep.Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Calif. congresswoman reintroduces resolution targeting reparative therapy

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday reintroduced a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion therapy. [ Read more → ]
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