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LGBT-inclusive education reform bill, SNDA introduced in U.S. Senate

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced legislation Tuesday to re-authorise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that includes protections for LGBT students.

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Leahy disappointed immigration bill excludes gay, bi-national couples

Friday, May 24, 2013
J. Scott Applewhite, APU.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Sen. Patrick Leahy said Friday he was disappointed he was unsuccessful in his bid to amend immigration reform legislation to protect same-sex couples in which one of the partners is foreign-born.

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The 2011 five most embarrassing moments of the anti-gay right caught on video

Friday, December 30, 2011
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As 2011 comes to a close, it is time yet again count down those special moments in which the religious right and other assorted members of the anti-gay industry made complete asses of themselves on video...

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Justice Department: LGBT student bullying on the rise

Friday, September 16, 2011
Thomas Perez
Bullying of LGBT youth is making up a growing number of discrimination complaints received by the Obama administration, according to Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

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Petition launched to get Congress to call out false anti-gay testimony

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Tom M
While there is a need for levity and a desire for all sides of issues involving the gay community to be heard, the constant calling upon of these “morality groups” for Congressional testimony in spite of their irregularities mentioned does present a problem in terms resolving the issues of the gay community in a fair manner.

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NOM whining that Al Franken ‘ambushed’ Tom Minnery during DOMA hearing

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Al Franken
Over two weeks after an incident in which a Focus on the Family spokesperson was busted during a Congressional hearing for distorting a study, the National Organization for Marriage is trying to sneak in a defense of that spokesperson.

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New York gay couples marry, Al Franken catches a fibber in DOMA hearing

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Pretty quiet week, nothing too exciting -- except everyone in New York getting married! Plus hearings on DOMA repeal, with Al Franken calling out an anti-gay liar. Plus more news from Maryland to Washington state. This week's Marriage News Watch is here.

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Tom Minnery’s lies are commonplace in religious right data

Monday, July 25, 2011
Tom Minnery
Minnery's misreading of study in order present a bad picture of same-sex households is commonplace in religious right data. Often times, religious right spokespeople will cite studies which have nothing to do with same-sex households in order to claim that these households are not the best place to raise children.

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Boehner: ‘DOMA is law of the land, and should remain law of the land’

Saturday, July 23, 2011
John Boehner
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) this week indicated that he would not bring up the "Respect For Marriage Act" up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

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Franken busts ‘Focus on the Family’ for lying about federal study in DOMA hearing

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the repeal of the "Defense of Marriage Act," Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Wednesday called DOMA an “immoral and discriminatory” law and challenged a key witness, an official with the mammoth Focus on Family group.

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