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LGBT Americans face greater social, economic disparities in South, Midwest, Mountain states

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The Williams Institute reviews social climate, demographic, economic and health indicators, and highlights disparities between states with and without LGBT non-discrimination laws. [...]

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Hawaii Supreme Court hears arguments in challenge to marriage equality law

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A lawsuit brought by GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott says the Legislature didn't have authority to pass the law. [...]

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Richmond LGBT community responds to anti-gay billboard with positive message

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The billboard, from the Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR), proclaims “We are all born to love,” a message it hopes counters the “Nobody is born gay” billboard by conversion therapy proponents. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court schedules conference on Louisiana gay marriage appeal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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In September, a federal judge upheld Louisiana’s ban, a rare loss for marriage equality advocates who, at the time, had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. [...]

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Idaho says its case could help Supreme Court decide nationwide marriage equality

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
Gov. Butch Otter says the Supreme Court should wait until it receives arguments from Idaho before deciding a case involving same-sex marriage in the U.S. [...]

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Judge in Broward County, Florida, grants state’s first same-sex divorce

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade, who were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont. [...]

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Indiana church that booted gay choir director to close due to falling attendance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Ind.
The church made national headlines in January when as much as eighty percent of the congregants left after a popular gay choir director was forced to resign. [...]

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New York officials propose coverage for transgender healthcare under Medicaid

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Proposed regulations would cover hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery for low-income New Yorkers under the state's Medicaid program. [...]

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U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Robert Pitman becomes the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas, and also assumes a seat that had been vacant for more than six years. [...]

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Florida clerks association says federal marriage ruling affects only one county

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Miami, Fla.
The association representing Florida's 67 court clerks says only Washington County, Fla. is bound by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling in August that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. [...]

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