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LGBT studies program stirs controversy at University of Louisiana

Friday, July 13, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. -- A new minor at the University of Louisiana Lafayette is stirring up controversy and has some calling for the university to remove the program from its curriculum. [ Read more → ]
In 2011, An estimated 250 active-duty service members and veterans on Saturday marched Saturday in San Diego’s gay pride parade, just one day after a federal appeals court reinstated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but with a provision that prohibits the military from investigating or penalizing anyone who is openly gay.

Hundreds sign up to march in San Diego Pride Parade’s military contingent

Friday, July 13, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Active-duty service members have received official approval to march in their uniforms on July 21 as part of America’s Pride Parade military contingent, San Diego Pride officials said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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University of Texas investigates associate professor’s study on children with gay parents

Friday, July 13, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas-Austin announced it is investigating a gay parenting study published last month that touched off a firestorm of criticism by LGBT advocacy groups, and a formal complaint by New York-based freelance writer Scott Rosensweig. [ Read more → ]
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$1 million attack on Tammy Baldwin’s Senate campaign produces little

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Two separate half-million dollar attack ad campaigns targeting U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) in the Wisconsin Senate race may have produced zip for the special interest groups that launched them. [ Read more → ]
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Maryland election officials certify same-sex marriage referendum petition

Thursday, July 12, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland election officials on Tuesday officially certified a petition to prompt a November referendum on the state’s same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage roundup: Supreme Court showdown on the horizon

Thursday, July 12, 2012
All eyes are on the Supreme Court, with a big marriage showdown shaping up on the horizon. Two county clerks in Illinois have won right to defend the state's marriage ban. And equality gets a thumbs up from Methodists, and a thumbs down -- for now -- from Presbyterians. [ Read more → ]
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Maine same-sex marriage ballot measure gets majority nod in latest polling

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
PORTLAND, Maine -- A new statewide poll in Maine published Tuesday found that 57 percent of the state's voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage, and that only 35 percent remain opposed. [ Read more → ]
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BYU: Utah voters support some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
PROVO, Utah — A poll released Monday by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy found that 43 percent of respondents surveyed thought civil unions should be legal, while 28 per cent wanted full marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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NYC designates $3.3 million for Bea Arthur Residence‎ for Homeless LGBT youth

Monday, July 9, 2012
NEW YORK -- The Ali Forney Center — a homeless shelter for LGBT youth in New York City — will receive $3.3 million from the city to renovate an East Village property, according to a statement released Monday. [ Read more → ]
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Supporters raise $952K in June to uphold Washington’s gay marriage law

Monday, July 9, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington state announced Monday they had raised more than $952,000 in June, bringing total contributions to more than $2 million in its campaign to uphold the state's new marriage equality law, which is on hold pending the outcome of a November ballot measure. [ Read more → ]
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Ariz. governor petitions Supreme Court to deny same-sex partner benefits

Monday, July 9, 2012
PHOENIX -- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that allows Arizona's state employees to keep their same-sex partners benefits, including health insurance. [ Read more → ]
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Dallas gay couple, denied marriage license, arrested after staging sit-in

Friday, July 6, 2012
DALLAS -- A gay couple was arrested on Thursday when they launched a planned protest of Texas' ban on same-sex marriage after being denied a marriage license. [ Read more → ]
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New York same-sex marriage law upheld in state appeals court

Friday, July 6, 2012
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A New York state appeals court on Friday ruled against a challenge to the state's marriage equality law, and ruled that the statute was legally enacted. [ Read more → ]
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Police release sketch of suspect in shooting of lesbian couple in Texas

Thursday, July 5, 2012
PORTLAND, Texas -- Investigators in Portland, Texas have released a sketch of a suspect in the shooting of a lesbian teen couple at a public park in suburban of Corpus Christi last month. [ Read more → ]
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Virginia fitness club revises ‘family’ policy after gay parent files lawsuit

Thursday, July 5, 2012
ROANOKE, Va. -- A Virginia fitness club has revised its membership policy after a Roanoke, Va., man filed suit against the club for revoking his family membership when it realized his family included his partner and son. [ Read more → ]
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Yes she did! Brad Pitt’s mother did write anti-gay ‘Letter to the Editor’

Thursday, July 5, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Actor and human rights advocate Brad Pitt’s mother has penned an anti-gay editorial that appeared in The Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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Police say lesbian student faked threatening, anti-gay notes

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- A lesbian student at Central Connecticut State University, who claimed she was harassed by an anonymous person who left threatening, anti-gay notes under her door, has been charged with writing the notes herself. [ Read more → ]
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General Mills gets outpouring of support for marriage equality stance

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
WASHINGTON – A petition in support of Minnesota-based Fortune 500 Company General Mills by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, has received nearly five times more signatures than an anti-equality petition launched by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). [ Read more → ]
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Second anti-gay marriage ballot initiative fails in Washington state

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A ballot initiative seeking to define marriage as between "one man and one woman" in Washington state has fallen short of signatures needed, and won’t qualify for the November ballot. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender woman sues D.C. police, U.S. marshals

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A transgender D.C. woman alleges in a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service that she was improperly placed with male prisoners after a 2009 arrest. [ Read more → ]
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Round-up: Military benefits, Maryland opponents in debt, Spain ‘redefines’

Monday, July 2, 2012
A proposed new law would let the Army recognize the spouses of service-members for the first time ever. Anti-gay activists in Maryland collect enough signatures to force a referendum, but now they're tens of thousands of dollars in debt. And seven years after legalizing marriage equality, Spain finally lets gay and lesbian couples into the dictionary. [ Read more → ]
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Microsoft execs donate $100,000 each to support same-sex marriage law

Monday, July 2, 2012
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer and co-founder Bill Gates have each donated $100,000 to the campaign supporting Washington state's recently passed law legalizing same-sex marriage, reported the Associated Press on Monday. [ Read more → ]
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Downstate county clerks file to intervene in Illinois’ marriage lawsuit

Monday, July 2, 2012
CHICAGO -- Two downstate Illinois county clerks are moving to intervene on behalf of the state’s marriage statute prohibiting same-sex marriage after top-ranking Cook County officials said they would not defend the law in a legal challenge headed by the ACLU of Illinois and Lambda Legal. [ Read more → ]
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More than 100 attend D.C. vigil for Texas lesbian couple

Sunday, July 1, 2012
WASHINGTON -- More than 100 people gathered in Dupont Circle on Friday for a vigil in honor of a lesbian couple who was shot last week in a Texas park. [ Read more → ]
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LAPD website ‘pride’ reflects ‘commitment to diversity and equality’

Friday, June 29, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Department celebrated Pride 2012 by changing the banner on the department's website to reflect its "commitment to diversity and equality." [ Read more → ]
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