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Federal Judge Overturns Pennsylvania’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast that doesn’t allow same-sex marriages or civil unions.

Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, a federal judge announced a decision on same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

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Senators Discuss Solutions to Women’s Workplace Barriers

Policymakers need to address the many significant barriers to financial security that women face, witnesses and members of Congress said at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday.

While working women are an essential part of the U.S. economy, policymakers need to address the many significant barriers to financial security that women face, witnesses and members of Congress said at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday.

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Sex Work or Human Trafficking? Race and Imperialism in CNN Report From Cambodia

Mira Sorvino in a December CNN report from Cambodia.

In a December report from Cambodia, CNN failed to distinguish between consensual sex work and human trafficking, and did nothing to help viewers see how anti-human trafficking initiatives really work under globalization: as acts of cultural imperialism.

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Seeking Justice for 17 Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriage and Stillbirth

A Salvadoran feminist organization has launched an international campaign to pressure the government to pardon and free 17 women who suffered complications of pregnancy leading to miscarriage and stillbirth, and who have been imprisoned under the country's total abortion ban.

A Salvadoran feminist organization has launched an international campaign to pressure the government to pardon and free 17 women who suffered complications of pregnancy leading to miscarriage and stillbirth, and who have been imprisoned under the country’s total abortion ban.

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Stigma Drives Workplace Discrimination Against Workers Living With HIV

Deliberate workplace discrimination based on a worker's HIV-positive status is a pervasive issue for the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States.

Deliberate workplace discrimination based on a worker’s HIV-positive status is a pervasive issue for the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States.

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Iowa Legislature Passes Repeal of Laws Criminalizing HIV

The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.

The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.

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Lawsuit Challenging Nebraska Ban on Gay Foster Parents Can Proceed

Photo from the 43rd Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on June 30, 2013 in New York City.

The ruling sets the stage for a later trial challenging the constitutionality of one of three remaining bans in the nation on gay foster parents.

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Republicans Filibuster Minimum Wage Bill in Senate

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour hasn't changed since 2009.

A proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, and adjust it to inflation thereafter, was filibustered by Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

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Colorado Lawmakers Withdraw Reproductive Health Freedom Act

Supporters say the bill would have been one of the most comprehensive responses by a state government to the growing list of restrictions that states have placed on reproductive health care.

Under pressure from Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Democrats have withdrawn legislation in Colorado that would have proactively stopped government entities from blocking women’s reproductive health decisions.

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Complaints Filed Against Pennsylvania Colleges Alleging Discrimination Against Female Athletes

The Women’s Law Project has filed complaints with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education against nine of 14 members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, claiming that the colleges have discriminated against female athletes.

The Women’s Law Project has filed complaints with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education against nine of 14 members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, claiming that the colleges have discriminated against female athletes.

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