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Obama invokes gay rights struggle in marking Selma civil rights milestone

Sunday, March 8, 2015
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"We’re the gay Americans whose blood ran in the streets of San Francisco and New York, just as blood ran down this bridge." [...]

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50 years after Selma, Joe Biden draws parallels between LGBT rights, civil rights

Friday, March 6, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Human Rights Campaign Spring Equity Convention in Washington, Friday, March 6, 2015. Biden said the same human rights that African Americans fought for in Selma, Alabama, are at stake for LGBT rights activists today.
LGBT Americans are fighting for the same rights to equality that African Americans fought for decades ago, says Biden. [...]

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GLAD’s Mary Bonauto receives MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Mary L. Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Wednesday this year's recipients of the grants [...]

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Dear Matt Barber: Calling yourself a Christian does not make it so

Monday, July 21, 2014
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Calling yourself a Christian does not give you special privileges in this country. Calling yourself a Christian does not make you a better American than me. And calling yourself a Christian does not absolve you from rights and responsibilities that all Americans have. This is not, nor has it ever [...]

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Boies, Olson: ‘We’re trying to bring marriage equality to every state in the Union’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- David Boies and Ted Olson, the legal team who helped take down California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, were on hand for the the kick-off Tuesday of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum [...]

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NBA Hall of Famer says gay athletes face same question black athletes once faced

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell says the fight for equality for gay athletes reminds him of the civil rights movement of African-Americans in the 1960s. [...]

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LBJ daughters talk gay marriage: Bigotry is ‘just one more expression of hate’

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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In a new interview to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the daughters of former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson discuss marriage equality for same-sex couples, and reflect on what their father might think of same-sex marriage. [...]

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Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit in Texas

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. [...]

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Obama eulogizes Mandela: ‘You can make his life’s work your own’

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Matt Dunham, APPresident Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination. [...]

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Obama says LGBT and human rights activists are strengthening Russia

Friday, September 6, 2013
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APPresident Barack Obama gestures while speaking during a "Civil Society Roundtable" with LGBT and human rights activists on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- President Barack Obama is telling gay rights activists and other Russian civil leaders that they are strengthening their country. [...]

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