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Marriage roundup: Supreme Court showdown on the horizon

Thursday, July 12, 2012
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All eyes are on the Supreme Court, with a big marriage showdown shaping up on the horizon. Two county clerks in Illinois have won right to defend the state's marriage ban. And equality gets a thumbs up from Methodists, and a thumbs down -- for now -- from Presbyterians. [...]

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Boehner appeals DOMA cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, June 29, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) attorneys on Friday formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an appeals court decision determining the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, according to a Democratic aide. [...]

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Arkansas university changes restroom policy for transgender students

Saturday, May 26, 2012
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FORT SMITH, Ark. -- An Arkansas university has changed its restroom policies after a transgender student filed a complaint with the U.S Department of Justice. [...]

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U.S. House approves amendment reaffirming DOMA

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House voted late Wednesday night in favor of a measure that aims to stop the Obama administration from taking any action in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act — even though the administration continues to enforce the law. [...]

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Boehner may intervene soon against gay troops’ DOMA lawsuit

Sunday, March 11, 2012
John Boehner
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-led House panel may intervene as soon as next week against litigation that aims to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it unfairly prohibits gay troops from obtaining benefits for their same-sex spouses. [...]

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Holder: DOJ won’t defend law barring benefits for gay troops

Friday, February 17, 2012
Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday in a letter to Congress that the administration would no longer defend in court a law barring married gay troops from receiving spousal benefits. [...]

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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
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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 [...]

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Justice Department: LGBT student bullying on the rise

Friday, September 16, 2011
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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
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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
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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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