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Marriage equality in New York, repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ among top LGBT stories of 2011

| Saturday, December 31, 2011
From the repeal of "Don't Ask-Don't Tell," a policy which had banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U. S. military, to winning strategic battles in gaining civil unions and full marriage equality for same-sex couples in several states, victories in a significant series of elective offices across the country, 2011 ended on an upbeat note for the nation's LGBTQ community.

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Justice Department: LGBT student bullying on the rise

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | 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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Judicial Watch, anti-gay Family Research Council sues DOJ over DOMA records

| Thursday, September 1, 2011
Judicial Watch announced Wednesday it has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Family Research Council, seeking records related to the Obama Administration’s decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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MN’s largest daily newspaper calls Anoka-Hennepin policy on LGBT issues ‘gutless’

| Saturday, August 6, 2011
In a sharply worded editorial, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week criticized the Anoka-Hennepin School District, calling the state's largest schools district "gutless" for it's neutrality policy on LGBT issues.

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9th Circuit leaves ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in place; prohibits investigations, discharges

| Saturday, July 16, 2011
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted an emergency order Friday night, temporarily reinstating its original stay of an order that had prohibited the government from enforcing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

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Justice Department files motion to keep ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in effect, for now

| Friday, July 15, 2011
The Obama administration on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to reconsider an order that requires the immediate end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

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Federal court gives DOJ ten days to quit or appeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ case

| Monday, July 11, 2011
A federal court on Monday ordered the Obama Administration to reveal whether it intends to defend the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's ban on openly gay service members.

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Department of Justice drops appeal of DOMA ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Court

| Friday, July 8, 2011
The U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn its appeal of a recent U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

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Obama administration files brief calling DOMA ‘hostile’ toward gay couples

| Monday, July 4, 2011
Karen Golinski (right) with wife Mary Cunninghis.
The Obama Administration on Friday filed a brief in federal court reiterating its position that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, calling it hostile toward gay and lesbian couples.

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Federal investigators: Calif. school’s response to anti-gay bullying ‘inadequate’

| Saturday, July 2, 2011
Federal investigators on Friday concluded that the Tehachapi, Calif., Unified School District failed to “adequately investigate or respond appropriately to the bullying of a gay, 13-year-old middle school student who hung himself in September due to the harassment."

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