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House, Senate bills aim to equalize benefits for same-sex military families

Friday, February 15, 2013
Charlie Morgan
A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Congress this week would change the definition of "spouse" in four areas of U.S. Code related to recognition, support, and benefits for married service members and veterans, in an effort to provide key military benefits for same-sex spouses of gay service members.

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Defense budget bill includes anti-gay ‘conscience’ provision

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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The final version of major Pentagon budget legislation includes watered-down “conscience” language similar to the anti-gay provision found in the House version of the bill, according to a top House Democrat on defense issues.

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Arizona business executive fired for video criticizing Chick-fil-A

Friday, August 3, 2012
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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson businessman was fired from his job on Thursday after posting a video online of himself in a Chick-fil-A drive-thru the day prior, in which he voiced his opposition to the company's CEO and the chain's financial support of anti-gay organizations.

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Bill introduced to offer equal benefits to gay, lesbian service members

Monday, July 2, 2012
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)
The ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill that would exempt the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs from the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

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