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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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Potential SCOTUS Review of DOMA Presents Potential Pivotal Moment for Gay Rights in America

On Friday this week, the US Supreme Court judges are expected to announce which, if any, cases related to gay rights they will review. At stake are not only the right to marry and federal recognition of marriage-related financial benefits for same-sex couples who are already married.

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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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“Non-Partisan” National Organization for Marriage and Susan B. Anthony List Know How to Party

On election night, it was steak and cable news stations for the “family values” groups.


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ELECTION 2012: Minnesota Becomes First State to Reject “Traditional Marriage” Amendment

Chris Kluwe. Photo: Competenetwork.

The progressive-leaning state refuses to enshrine bigotry in the state constitution.

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Defense of Marriage Act in Sweeping Decision

photo courtesy of Fibonnaci Blue via Flickr

A conservative judge issued a stunning rebuke of the Defense of Marriage Act, teeing the law up for Supreme Court review.

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In Europe, Same-Sex Couples Face High Barriers to Parenthood

Europe may not be the best place for same-sex couples, who want to have kids. Courts, culture, and governments continue to put up roadblocks.

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Thanks to SCOTUS, NOM Will Have To Disclose Donors From 2009 Anti-Gay Marriage Campaign

photo courtesy of 401(K) 2012

The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage challenging Maine’s campaign finance laws.

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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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Progressive Groups Call on Democrats to Support Religious Freedom

Photo: National Council of Jewish Women.

Progressive religious and human rights groups today called on the Democratic National Committee to “stand up for people of faith and [of] no faith and not allow conservative politicians and religious leaders to redefine the meaning of religious liberty.”

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