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UN resolution on ‘Protection of the Family’ excludes language on diversity

Friday, June 27, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a resolution on the “Protection of the Family” that critics say could lay the groundwork for opposing LGBT rights under international law. The resolution, tabled by 13 nations including Russia, Uganda, Egypt and China, calls on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare...

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For gay dads, two new websites help navigate joys, struggles of fatherhood

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Gays with Kids founders Ferd Van Gameren (left) and Brian Rosenberg, with their son Levi and daughters Ella and Sadie.
Just in time Father's Day comes two new websites geared toward gay dads and the joys and struggles of fatherhood. Gays With Kids helps gay dads navigate fatherhood − from creating their families to raising them, and The Handsome Father offers advice, assistance and support to other men looking for resources on adoption, surrogacy and raising their family.

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U.S. Census Bureau to recognize married, same-sex couples as families

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Census Bureau will begin recognizing married, same-sex couples as families in its 2013 American Community Survey report, due out in September.

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Honey Maid responds to anti-gay critics who called ad campaign ‘disgusting’

Thursday, April 3, 2014
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From the makers of Honey Maid graham crackers comes the official response to critics who labeled their “This is Wholesome” ad campaign “disgusting” because it prominently featured same-sex parents among its collection of real American families.

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‘One Million Moms’ outraged over ‘sexual perversion’ of Honey Maid campaign

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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The 64,000 members of “One Million Moms” are targeting Nabisco over its “This is Wholesome” campaign that prominent features a same-sex couple and their children.

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Thanks Coke for the Super Bowl commercial… but, ‘Is It the Real Thing?’

Monday, February 3, 2014
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You have been deservedly under fire for your sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics. Now you have shown great courage in the United States on behalf of diversity. There are those who are cynical that you may be playing both sides and looking for the maximum in financial gain. To use your own branding catch phrase, they are asking, and I am asking, about your support for freedom and diversity: Is it the real thing? Will you blindly fund a regime that would deem your current public outreach as a crime or will you still stand for diversity in a country whose population is not yet open to hearing it?

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In such a diverse nation, there is no such thing as a ‘traditional’ family

Friday, November 29, 2013
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It’s the holidays again — a time to come together and express gratitude and love for the positive things in our lives and the people in them. But as much as the holidays may symbolize a great American tradition, this country is home to a diverse set of traditions and increasingly diverse families. In such a diverse nation, there is no such thing as a “traditional” family. What connects all American families together is not having the same family traditions or the same types of families, but a shared belief in the American tradition of freedom...

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You know, it’s not just about the pasta…

Sunday, September 29, 2013
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You all know it’s not about the pasta. It’s about discrimination and intolerance and ignorance. It’s about a mindset that continues on for generations and generations – passed down through a family like Green Bay Packers or Boston Red Sox tickets. When the Chairman knew his words had created a firestorm, he said this: “I only wanted to underline the central role of the woman in the family." Well, as a woman who is also a lesbian, I feel so much better now.

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Supreme Court ruling a boon for gay couples with foreign spouse

Friday, June 28, 2013
Courtesy: Catriona Dowling, via APFrom left: Mardoche, Cathy Davis, Cian, Angelina, and Catriona Dowling in Boulder, Colo. After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Dowling was told her Irish spouse Cathy Davis would have been given a green card if she were a man.
After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card — if she were a man.

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10 things I wish the Pope could have observed on my family’s trip to Disneyland

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Photo: Loren Javier
The Pope has stated that gay families pose a “crisis” in which “the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child – essential elements of the experience of being human are lost”. Meanwhile, I was taking my gay family on a trip to Disneyland. On the day we went, so did 40,000 other people. I thought about what the Pope could see if he had been there with us. We were as any other family in the park — we were photographed together, kissed and hugged each other when moved to do so, held hands, and laughed a lot...

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