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Obama moves to ensure FMLA applies to married, same-sex couples

| Friday, June 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday. President Barack Obama is directing the Labor Department to start drafting rules...

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Presbyterian Church recognizes same-sex marriage as ‘Christian’

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Gary Lyon, of Leechburg, PA, left, and Bill Samford, of Hawley, PA., celebrate after a vote allowing Presbyterian pastors discretion in marrying same-sex couples at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."
DETROIT -- The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year.

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U.S. imposes visa bans on Ugandan officials over gay rights abuses

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, in Entebbe, Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is imposing visa bans on Ugandan officials who are involved in corruption and are violating the rights of gay people and others. The Obama administration did not identify the targeted officials.

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Obama promotes gay rights advances at LGBT fundraiser in New York

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in New York.
NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama is telling gay Democratic Party donors that when it comes to advances in gay rights, it's not just laws that are changing but hearts and minds. Obama singled out steps he has taken on behalf of the gay community, including ending the military's "don't ask don't tell" policies, signing a hate crimes bill, appointing gay judges and other measures.

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U.S. Senate confirms two openly gay nominees to the federal bench

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed two openly gay nominees to the federal bench, the White House announced. Darrin Gayles was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and Staci Yandle was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

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Obama to sign order extending protections to LGBT workers of federal contractors

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.

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For marriage equality opponents, the losing streak continues to grow

| Sunday, June 15, 2014
Christine Weick protests outside a federal courthouse on March 3, 2014, before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage in Detroit. Faced with a losing streak, some longtime opponents of gay marriage now say that its nationwide legalization via a Supreme Court ruling is inevitable. Others refuse to concede, and some leaders of that cohort will be rallying on Thursday, June 19, at a March for Marriage in Washington.
For foes of same-sex marriage, their losing streak keeps growing. Some sense a lost cause, others vow to fight on. On Election Day in 2012, they went 0-for-4 on state ballot measures. A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages. And over the past seven months, more than a dozen...

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Obama gives nod to gay dads in annual Father’s Day proclamation

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
Carolyn Kaster, AP
President Barack Obama gave a nod to gay dads in his annual Father’s Day Proclamation, issued by the White House on Friday" "...This is a task for every father -- whether married or single, gay or straight, natural or adoptive -- and every child deserves someone who will step up and fill this role."

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Bill introduced in Senate to affirm U.S. commitment to international LGBT rights

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
Alexander Zemlianichenko, APIn this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo Russian gay rights activists march along a Moscow boulevard in downtown. Slogans read: ' Down with all Kinds of Fascism', ' Homophobia into the Fire!', ' For Peace without Racism ! ', and 'Bisexuals Against Fascism'.
BOSTON -- As the nation celebrates National LBGT Pride Month, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, on Friday introduced legislation that would affirm LGBT human rights are a foreign policy priority for the U.S. government.

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Catholic bishops maintain focus on same-sex marriage, abortion

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Participants listen during the morning general session at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Orleans, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
NEW ORLEANS -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops meeting Wednesday renewed their focus on same-sex marriage and abortion under Pope Francis. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make only limited revisions to a guide they publish every presidential election year on church teaching, voting and public policy.

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