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Violence Still Prevalent Despite Progress on LGBTI Rights in Latin America

A lesbian couple kiss in Mexico City after beginning the legal process towards marriage. (Gregory Bull/AP)

After notable progress on protecting equal rights one might be excused for thinking that Latin America is an accepting and safe place to live for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. That would be the wrong conclusion.

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Iowa Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Listing of Same-Sex Parents on Daughter’s Birth Certificate

photo courtesy of subewl via Flickr

Heather and Melissa Gartner were legally married in Iowa and had a daughter together, yet the state refuses to list them both as parents on their daughter’s birth certificate

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Strikes Same-Sex Marriage Ban

photo courtesy of Guillaume Paumier via Flickr

The Supreme Court in Mexico takes a giant step forward in the name of equality.

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Giving Thanks For Times the United States Has Fought Back Against Discrimination

For those of us living in the United States, this is a time of year for giving thanks. It is in that spirit that I have gathered a list of some of my favorite pieces of U.S. news on overcoming discrimination over the past couple of months.

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Affirmative Action, Marriage Equality, and Voting Rights: A Look at the New Supreme Court Term

United States Supreme Court

Last year’s Supreme Court term may have been historic, but in many ways it was just a warm-up.

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While Minnesota Punter Rallies For Marriage Rights, Local Paper Stays Oddly Silent

Chris Kluwe. Photo: Genevieve Ross/AP via Salon.com.

Minnesota could be the first state to defeat a ballot amendment declaring marriage can only be between a man and a woman.  And a punter shall lead them.

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SCOTUS, the ACA, and DOMA: The Parallels Between Same-Sex Constituitonal Challenges And Reproductive Rights

Photo courtesy of Donkey Hotey via Flickr

Thanks to the ruling in the Affordable Care Act, the battle over same-sex marriage may start to look more like the battle over reproductive rights.

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North Carolina: Marriage Rights (but Not Equal Rights) on the May 8th Ballot

North Carolina polls are open for early voting in the primary election, and the rights of unmarried couples are being put to a public referendum.

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Senate Committee Holds Hearings on Repealing Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act denies a host federal benefits to those gay and lesbian couples who have legally married in DC and the six states that recognize same-sex marriage. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on a repeal of that discriminatory law.

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The Princess Bride and Why “Mawwage” By Any Other Name is Not the Same

Some opponents of same-sex marriage sound rational when they offer civil unions as a substitute for marriage but marriage by any other name is not the same. Our society can’t hold out marriage as this ideal and then withhold it from some–even if it is in name only.  We tried separate but equal and we all know it isn’t equal.

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