Same-sex partners of federal workers can start applying for benefits next month

The same-sex partners of gay and lesbian federal workers can start applying next month for long-term health-care insurance, the Office of Personnel Management said Tuesday.

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Faithful Voices Network: A vision of sexuality and faith, and commitment to truth and justice

The Faithful Voices Network invites you to take 10 seconds, right now, to take this pledge: "As a person of faith, I support sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society."

When you do, you will become part of the Faithful Voices Network -- a new, multifaith movement of individuals like you who share a progressive vision of sexuality and faith, and a religious commitment to truth and justice.

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Meet Harold and Clay

The horrific story of Clay Greene and Harold Scull has struck a nerve in many of us.

Quite simply, this case demonstrates how our relationships as LGBT people are so fragile, especially when we reach our later years. Just one small incident, in this case a fall down some steps, sends the world crashing down.

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Those who have been there praise Obama’s mandate on hospital visitation rights

Audrey Fleming of Alexandria, VA, Charlene Strong of Seattle, WA and Lisa Polyak and Gita Deane of Baltimore, MD share horror stories of same-sex couples having been denied hospital visitation rights in the past.

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Obama elevates hospital rights of same-sex couples and their families

President Obama directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Thursday to ensure that hospitals participating in Medicaid or Medicare will allow patients to designate who may visit them as well as name their primary caretaker and decision maker.

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Event Alert: “Work It Out for Equality” to benefit Marriage Equality New York on April 19th

Spring has arrived in the Big Apple over the last couple of weeks, and what better way to get ready for the warm weather ahead than to check out a newly-renovated health club and spa while also supporting the freedom to marry!

Complete Body and Spa will be holding a Grand Opening and Fundraiser on Monday, April 19th, with all proceeds from a raffle and a percentage of sales made during the event going to Marriage Equality New York (MENY) and their Political Action Committee (MENY PAC).

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Same-Sex Couples face higher Health Costs

Each year as the April 15 tax deadline nears, Shane Snowden is reminded how much more she pays for health coverage for her same-sex partner than her heterosexual colleagues pay for their spouses' benefits.

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Christian Group says Marriage Equality more dangerous than Smoking

According to Iowa Family Policy Center President, Chuck Hurley, homosexual activity is “more dangerous for individuals who engage in it than is smoking,” and because of this, state lawmakers need to pass a constitutional amendment overturning last year’s Iowa Supreme Court decision which supports same-sex couples entering into committed, government sanctioned marriages.

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Ban on Freedom to Marry increases Anxiety

U.S. researchers have found an increase in psychiatric disorders among the lesbian, gay and bisexual populations living in states that have banned the freedom to marry.

Senior author Deborah Hasin, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and colleagues at the New York state Psychiatric Institute and Harvard University analyzed data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

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Partner denied FMLA sick leave by ATT
January 29, 2010

Bryan Dickenson and Bill Sugg have been together for 30 years. After Sugg suffered a debilitating stroke in September, Dickinson requested time off from his job at AT&T under the federal Family Medical Leave Act to care for his partner. But AT&T is refusing to grant Dickenson the 12 weeks of leave that would be afforded to a heterosexual spouse under the act. [Link]

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