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Same-sex marriage ban stalls changes to Dallas pension funds

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
Dallas City Hall
DALLAS -- Two Dallas city pension funds have delayed enacting measures passed by the city council aimed at ensuring equal rights for municipal employees. The council earlier this year adopted a non-binding resolution seeking equal treatment for LGBT employees. It followed that vote with another Wednesday that amends...

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Rights of same-sex military spouses still vary by state

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Jessica Huskey
Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if...

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Attorney’s letter draws rebuke in Mo. fire department’s same-sex benefits debate

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Dee Wampler
OZARK, Mo. -- A prominent Springfield, Mo., attorney has penned a letter praising a local fire department for denying health benefits to a gay firefighter's wife, saying he is tired of attempts "to cram homosexuality and lesbians down our throats." Dee Wampler sent the letter to several individuals regarding the debate of health benefits within the Ozark Fire Department...

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Starkville, Miss., rescinds plan to allow benefits coverage for unmarried partners

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Officials in Starkville, Miss., are now saying they won't let city employees buy health insurance coverage for unmarried domestic partners, including those of the same sex. Aldermen voted 4-2 Tuesday to delete part an insurance plan they approved two weeks ago...

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Winston-Salem, N.C. extends employee benefits to married, same-sex couples

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem is now offering employee benefits to married same-sex couples. QNotes reports that Winston-Salem human resources director Carmen Caruth said in a letter to city employees on Aug. 28, that the city would recognize all legal marriage licenses from any state or other U.S. jurisdiction, including same-sex couples...

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Starkville to allow unmarried partners or ‘plus-1′ adult on city insurance plan

| Friday, September 5, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- A north Mississippi city is revising its health insurance plan to let municipal employees buy coverage for one other adult, including a same-sex partner. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said Friday that the new insurance plan is an attempt to save money - not to make a political statement.

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Mo. fire department blocked from granting same-sex spousal benefits

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
OZARK, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri fire department that was considering extending benefits to an employee who is in a same-sex marriage has been told that the state constitution won't allow it. Last week, the Ozark Fire Department's board appeared ready to change its policy so that it could offer the benefits to Capt. Andi Mooneyham, whose out-of-state ...

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West Palm Beach, Fla. to require contractors to offer same-sex benefits

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The city of West Palm Beach, Fla., has voted to require contractors who do at least $50,000 in business with the city to offer equal family benefits to all employees, including those in same-sex relationships. The Palm Beach Post reports that the city commission voted Monday 5-0 to approve the policy, which applies to businesses with five or more employees.

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Chattanooga voters reject benefits for same-sex domestic partners

| Friday, August 8, 2014
Chattanooga, Tenn.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Voters in Chattanooga have rejected a proposal to allow health benefits for domestic partners of city employees. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the measure was rejected in Thursday’s referendum election by 5,501 votes. In November, Chattanooga became the third city in Tennessee to vote to expand benefits to same-sex couples...

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Takano introduces bill to close Social Security, Medicare LGBT loopholes

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act in the U.S. House, a bill to close loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, including same-sex couples, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits that they have earned.

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