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Iowa GOP Blames Dems for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Despite the fact that Iowa’s defense of marriage act was passed with the help of Democrats, Republicans throughout the state are connecting the dots between the recent court opinion legalizing same-sex marriage and elections in 2010.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to Drop Coverage for Gender Reassignment Surgery

A broad coalition of organizations are condemning a move by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to eliminate coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

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Take Action! Oklahoma Teacher Forced to Resign For Teaching “Laramie Project”

An Oklahoma public school teacher was forced to resign for teaching The Laramie Project, a play about Matthew Shepard, a man who was murdered because he was gay.

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Will Obama’s State Department Respond to LGBT Persecution Abroad?

In Brussels last Friday, Secretary Clinton assured an audience at the European Parliament that “persecution and discrimination against gays and lesbians is something we take very seriously.” It’s time to turn those words into actions.

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Vatican Condemns Violence, Still Opposes Gay Rights

The Vatican refused to support a recent U.N. declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity, calling it ill-defined and overly broad.

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Domestic Partnerships Bill Fails In New Mexico Senate

Last week, the New Mexico Senate voted 25-17 to oppose conferring many of the same rights enjoyed by married couples to same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples in a committed relationship.

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Colombian LGTB Community Recognizes Progress While Calling For Further Rights

Colombian LGBT organizations recognized some legal advancement regarding equal rights, but noted that the progress was due to legal demands made by individuals, not a consequence of a public policy or a legislative action.

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Privacy Sounds Good to Pro-Prop 8 Forces Now

The Mormons, Knights of Columbus, and others who donated in favor of Proposition 8 now want to see their “right to privacy” protected and stay anonymous. Hypocrisy, anyone?

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Domestic Partnerships in New Mexico Advance to Full Senate

After a dramatic vote in New Mexico’s Senate Judiciary Committee, domestic partnership legislation moved toward consideration by the full Senate.

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Focus on the Family Spent Big on Proposition 8

Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family gave $727,250 in cash and services to the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 campaign in California, according to records released by the California secretary of state.

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