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Study: Marriage Equality Has Boosted State and Local Economies by $813 Million

The study released last week by the Williams Institute also says that wedding spending generated an estimated $52 million in tax revenue.

The study released last week by the Williams Institute also says that wedding spending generated an estimated $52 million in tax revenue.

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North Dakota Tells Roberts Court: The Time Is Now to End Legal Abortion

A petition filed by attorneys for the State of North Dakota tells the U.S. Supreme Court that after more than 40 years, it is time to give back to the states the power to criminalize abortion.

A petition filed by attorneys for the State of North Dakota tells the U.S. Supreme Court that after more than 40 years, it is time to give back to the states the power to criminalize abortion.

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New Initiative Seeks to ‘Honor Trans Immigrant Lives’

A coalition of organizations on Wednesday launched what the Transgender Law Center is calling a “new immigrant leadership initiative” that seeks to build leadership and capacity within transgender immigrant communities.

A coalition of organizations on Wednesday launched what the Transgender Law Center is calling a “new immigrant leadership initiative” that seeks to build leadership and capacity within transgender immigrant communities.

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Supreme Court Asked to Overturn Denial of Lesbian Adoptive Mother’s Parental Rights

The petition calls a September decision by the Alabama Supreme Court to not recognize the parent's adoptive rights as "unprecedented" and asks for an emergency order allowing her to see her kids.

The petition calls a September decision by the Alabama Supreme Court to not recognize the parent’s adoptive rights as “unprecedented” and asks for an emergency order allowing her to see her kids.

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Supreme Court Sends Mixed Messages on Reproductive Rights

There's been a flurry of activity at the Supreme Court around reproductive rights issues, but despite granting cases looking at the contraception benefit and Texas' HB 2, the Court turned away a Planned Parenthood funding case and is sitting on another major abortion rights case.

There’s been a flurry of activity at the Supreme Court around reproductive rights issues, but despite granting cases looking at the contraception benefit and Texas’ HB 2, the Court turned away a Planned Parenthood funding case and is sitting on another major abortion rights case.

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Transgender Military Veterans to Get Specialized Care From VA

The clinic, located at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, will offer primary care, hormone therapy, and mental health services to transgender patients.

The clinic, located at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, will offer primary care, hormone therapy, and mental health services to transgender patients.

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Utah Judge Removes Infant From Lesbian Couple, Says Heterosexual Homes Are Better (Updated)

A Utah judge has ordered an infant girl be taken from lesbian foster parents, saying "kids in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes,” despite volumes of evidence to the contrary.

A Utah judge has ordered an infant girl be taken from lesbian foster parents, saying children in homosexual homes don’t do as well as they do in heterosexual homes, despite volumes of evidence to the contrary.

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Marco Rubio Recruits Staunch Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Choice Faith Leader

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) hired Eric Teetsel, who has suggested that LGBTQ equality has led to a time of “great pain and darkness," to direct his campaign’s faith outreach.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) hired Eric Teetsel, who has suggested that LGBTQ equality has led to a time of “great pain and darkness,” to direct his campaign’s faith outreach.

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The Obama Administration’s Slow, Steady March Toward Transgender Rights

Despite the defeat of Houston's equal rights ordinance the fight for transgender rights is gaining significant ground under the Obama administration.

Despite the defeat of Houston’s equal rights ordinance, the fight for transgender rights is gaining significant ground under the Obama administration.

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Campaign Week in Review: Mike Huckabee Pushes ‘Personhood’ to Outlaw Abortion

Ben Carson proposed transgender people get their own bathrooms, Mike Huckabee advocated for “personhood” laws, and Hillary Clinton met with families who lost children to police violence.

Ben Carson proposed transgender people get their own bathrooms, Mike Huckabee advocated for “personhood” laws, and Hillary Clinton met with families who lost children to police violence.

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