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Nominations could bolster limited ranks of openly gay ambassadors

| Friday, June 14, 2013
Rufus Gifford (left) and James Costos
WASHINGTON -- Handing plum European posts to key campaign boosters, President Barack Obama on Friday nominated his former finance director to be U.S. ambassador to Denmark and tapped two major fundraisers for postings in Spain and Germany.

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Seeing red over recent anti-gay attacks, Columbus wears pink

| Friday, June 14, 2013
Outlook ColumbusRepresentatives of custom apparel clothier Skreened distribute pink shirts on Friday outside the offices of Outlook Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A community that has been seeing red over recent attacks against gay men today is turning pink.

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Social Security Administration updates policy on changing gender marker

| Friday, June 14, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration on Friday announced a new policy for changing the gender designation in Social Security records to provide transgender people improved privacy and prevent unnecessary outing to Social Security staff and healthcare providers.

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At LGBT Pride reception, Obama urges ban on workplace bias against gays

| Thursday, June 13, 2013
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday marked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month by calling on Congress to pass legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians and others. "I want to sign that bill," he said.

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Rubio: ‘I’m done’ with immigration bill if gay couples are included

| Thursday, June 13, 2013
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- the most prominent Republican in the “Gang of Eight,” a group of senators who developed the bipartisan immigration reform bill -- said Thursday he will revoke his support if an amendment is added that allows immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens.

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Caterpillar drops support for Boy Scouts over continued ban on gay leaders

| Thursday, June 13, 2013
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PEORIA, Ill. - Caterpillar Inc. says it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America because the organization doesn't allow homosexuals to serve as adult leaders.

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Survey: Despite greater acceptance, LGBT Americans less happy than other U.S. adults

| Thursday, June 13, 2013
Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com/APEven as they acknowledge greater acceptance by society, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are, on average, less happy than other U.S. adults, and many report instances of rejection and harassment, according to a sweeping new survey released Thursday.
NEW YORK — Even as they acknowledge greater acceptance by society, LGBT Americans are, on average, less happy than other U.S. adults, and many report instances of rejection and harassment, according to a sweeping new survey.

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N.H. Senator testifies in support of military benefits for same-sex spouses

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Charlie Morgan
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Wednesday urged members of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to pass a bill that would provide key military benefits for same-sex spouses of gay service members.

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White House objects to ‘conscience protections’ added to defense bill

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a defense spending bill that includes so-called “conscience protections” that critics say would allow service members to promote anti-gay beliefs without fear of discipline.

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Leahy files amendment to immigration bill to extend rights to binational, gay couples

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday filed an amendment to a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would extend immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens.

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