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Obama to Sign Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination in Federal Contracts

President Obama has asked his staff to prepare an executive order banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for employers who contract with the government, a White House official confirmed Monday.

President Obama has asked his staff to prepare an executive order banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for employers who contract with the government, a White House official confirmed Monday.

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The NRA Successfully Silences Another Obama Nominee

The Office of the Surgeon General has been vacant for almost a year, and if the NRA gets its way, it will stay vacant.

The Office of the Surgeon General has been vacant for almost a year, and if the NRA gets its way, it will stay vacant.

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Loving Day, Juneteenth, and the Right to Family

Mildred and Richard Loving on June 12, 1967

The anniversary of the Loving case on June 12 and Juneteenth on the 19th should remind us that, within the African-American freedom struggle and broader movements for equality, there has always been a struggle to determine the right to marry, select an intimate partner of one’s choice, and to form the families that we want.

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Medicare Can Now Cover Surgical Procedures for Transgender People

Transgender people seeking surgery as a part of their transition-related health care can no longer automatically be rejected by Medicare, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeals board ruled Friday.

Transgender people seeking surgery as a part of their transition-related health care can no longer automatically be rejected by Medicare, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appeals board ruled Friday.

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House Republicans Block Incest Abortion Exception in Criminal Justice Bill

House Republicans on Thursday used a procedural motion to block a vote on whether to add an exception for incest to an abortion coverage ban in its criminal justice appropriations bill.

House Republicans on Thursday used a procedural motion to block a vote on whether to add an exception for incest to an abortion coverage ban in its criminal justice appropriations bill.

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Mixed Results for Women in House Version of National Defense Authorization Act

The House passed its version of the defense bill last week, with some wins and losses on sexual assault and a few boons for new moms.

The House passed its version of the defense bill last week, with some wins and losses on sexual assault and a few boons for new moms.

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Audio Recording Casts Doubt on Judicial Nominee Michael Boggs’ Abortion Testimony

An audio recording of a 2001 Georgia house floor debate is casting further doubt on the testimony of Michael Boggs, a controversial anti-choice judicial nominee who faced some highly skeptical questions from U.S. Senators earlier this month on an anti-choice vote he made as a Georgia state legislator.

An audio recording of a 2001 Georgia house floor debate is casting further doubt on the testimony of Michael Boggs, a controversial anti-choice judicial nominee who faced some highly skeptical questions from U.S. Senators earlier this month on an anti-choice vote he made as a Georgia state legislator.

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Justice Kennedy and the Supreme Court’s Tilted Scale

Justice Anthony Kennedy

In a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, which paved the way for similar state-level legislation, five justices voted in favor of weakening the separation of church and state; but the implications of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s libertarian jurisprudence are the most dangerous and far-reaching.

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On Abortion, Speech, and the Catholic Campus: Vatican Responds to Petition Against Georgetown

Georgetown University

A recent petition by William Peter Blatty—a Georgetown graduate who’s best known for writing The Exorcist—is aimed at forcing the university to conform to a strict and exclusionary vision of Catholic identity, and it’s been yellow-lighted by a Vatican representative.

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Democratic Opposition to Anti-Choice Judicial Nominee Michael Boggs Grows

Numerous prominent Democrats have expressed concern or outright opposition this week to nominating Michael Boggs to a federal district court in Georgia, citing his extreme anti-choice and anti-civil rights views along with basic competency issues.

Numerous prominent Democrats have expressed concern or outright opposition this week to nominating Michael Boggs to a federal district court in Georgia, citing his extreme anti-choice and anti-civil rights views along with basic competency issues.

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