Utah gay activists protest Mormon church remarks

Gay rights activists staged a silent protest Thursday outside the headquarters of the Mormon church in Salt Lake City in response to a church leader's remarks that homosexuality is an immoral condition that can and should be overcome.

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The Best Two Women Could Do

Ariel Kaminer profiles Jenna Glazer and Elise Bacolas, a New York lesbian couple who recently registered as domestic partners in order to receive health care protections.

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Federal family leave without pay policy extended to same-sex partners

Federal workers who have a same-sex domestic partner can now take leave without pay to attend to their family's educational and medical needs.

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Movement to ban same-sex couples from adopting: sacrificing the well-being of children

Florida is the only state that bans any gay man or lesbian from adopting. And that has created a dilemma for the courts: either they honor the law or honor their duty to rule in the best interests of the children.

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An end to gay adoption bans?

In an article titled “Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families: Does Parental Sexual Orientation Matter?” in the August issue of the journal Applied Developmental Science, researchers conclude that their new findings should lead to the end of existing bans on adoption by same-sex couples in the United States.

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Life, liberty, and ending inequality

Hans Johnson writes about repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because of cases like Charlene Strong's, a lesbian who was barred from seeing her dying partner in the hospital.

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Partnership bill breaks substantial new ground

Ireland's Civil Partnership Bill will give lesbian and gay couples access to a range of protections in fields such as property, social welfare, pensions, power of attorney, pensions, and taxes.

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Google adds pay to cover tax on health benefits for same-sex couples

On Thursday, Google began covering a cost that gay and lesbian employees must pay when their partners receive domestic partner health benefits, largely to compensate them for an extra tax that heterosexual married couples do not pay. The increase is retroactive to the beginning of the year.

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Study: Freedom to marry bans lead to lack of health insurance

“Partnered lesbians and gay men are more than twice as likely to be uninsured as married heterosexuals,” according to a new study of Californians by Lambda Legal and the Department of Health Services at UCLA.

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Changes in federal workers’ leave benefits extended to heterosexual partners, grandparents

Federal workers may use sick leave or funeral leave in cases of ailing or deceased domestic partners starting July 14, the Office of Personnel Management said Monday.

Unlike other recent changes to federal personnel policies that apply only to same-sex partners, the new orders also apply to opposite-sex domestic partners.

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