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Six national LGBT rights groups drop ENDA support over religious exemptions

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced Tuesday that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), fearing that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill could compel private companies to cite objections similar to those that prevailed in last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby.

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Prominent Ugandan gay rights activist asks for U.S. asylum

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- Fearing prison or even death, an openly gay activist from Uganda is seeking asylum in the United States since his home country toughened criminal punishment against gays.

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Maine supreme court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine on June 12, 2013.
PORTLAND, Maine -- School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.

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Complaint: Catholic school rescinded job offer after learning applicant was gay

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Matthew Barrett
BOSTON — A Boston man says in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that a Roman Catholic school rescinded a job offer after finding out he was married to another man.

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New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

| Sunday, September 15, 2013
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BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system.

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LGBT History Month profile: Mary Bonauto, civil rights attorney

| Friday, October 5, 2012
Mary BonautoPhoto: InfinityPortraitDesign.com
For more than two decades, Mary Bonauto has served as the civil rights project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD).

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Supreme Court: Proposition 8, three other LGBT cases, not on court’s list

| Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday included no same-sex marriage cases in its first announcement of what lower court decisions it will review during the 2012-13 session. Legal activists will almost certainly begin speculating now whether the high court is preparing to refuse to hear an appeal to preserve California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. That action could come as early as Monday, October 1, or be pending for weeks.

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Gay group calls on U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Friday, August 3, 2012
GLAD’s Mary Bonauto (center) poses for a photo with Gill plaintiffs.
The New England-based LGBT group responsible for the most successful lawsuit to date targeting the Defense of Marriage Act on Thursday filed a formal request asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the anti-gay law.

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Another federal judge rules DOMA unconstitutional

| Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Joanne Pedersen and Ann Meitzen
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A federal judge in Connecticut on Tuesday said the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, violates the U.S. Constitution’s right to equal protection.

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Maine marriage equality advocates launch campaign to put issue on 2012 ballot

| Thursday, June 30, 2011
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More than 150 LGBT advocates gathered on the steps of the Lewiston, Maine, City Hall on Thursday to announce a campaign to put the issue of marriage equality back on the ballot in 2012, just three years after it was rejected by Maine voters.

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