Blocking of same-sex benefits goes further than planned

A group of conservative Christians set out to block El Paso, Texas, from granting health-care benefits to same-sex partners of city-government employees.

But the ballot measure they helped pass in November may also end up stripping benefits from many others, including retired policemen and firefighters.

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Florida College Democrats pass gay-issues resolution supporting freedom to marry, military service

Florida College Democrats' LGBT Caucus has passed a resolution including "four important issues central to the LGBT Community: The Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Adopt, and the Freedom to Live Without Fear."

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Evan Wolfson named Marriage Equality’s December Advocate of the Month

Following his whirlwind visit to Ireland from the 12-15 of November, Marriage Equality are delighted to name Evan Wolfson as December's Advocate of the Month.

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NJ State senators write book about the freedom to marry

The residents of Hawthorne welcomed two state senators to the borough on the evening of Nov. 19 for a book signing for the newly published "What’s Love Got to Do with It? The Case for Same Sex Marriage."
The book is written by Democratic state Sens. Ray Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg.

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Illinois Senate OK’s civil unions for gay & lesbian couples

A lengthy debate to recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples in Illinois is over with Wednesday's passage of a civil unions bill in the state Senate.

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Makeup of Prop 8 panel seems promising for marriage equality advocates

Attorneys fighting for marriage equality in the Prop 8 case at the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will see at least one friendly face staring back when they give oral arguments next week.

Stephen Reinhardt, a Carter appointee who has been solidly in the liberal wing of the court since he took the bench in 1980, is on the panel, along with Clinton appointee Michael Daley Hawkins and N. Randy Smith, a George W. Bush pick.

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A choice: civil unions vs. inequality

Rick Garcia's friends tell him, “You can’t be a gay rights activist and a Catholic.” But Garcia, who attends mass three or four times a week and observes all the holy days, tells them they’re wrong.

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Medicare finalizes rules requiring equal hospital visitation rights for same-sex partners

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: “Basic human rights—such as your ability to choose your own support system in a time of need—must not be checked at the door of America’s hospitals. Today’s rules help give ‘full and equal’ rights to all of us to choose whom we want by our bedside when we are sick, and override any objection by a hospital or staffer who may disagree with us for any non-clinical reason.”

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APA joins amicus brief in support of the freedom to marry in CA case

Citing the importance of stable, committed relationships and the benefits of the institution of marriage, the American Psychiatric Association has joined several other mental health organizations in submitting an amicus curie brief in the Prop 8 appeals case challenging California's ban on the freedom to marry.

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Lack of domestic partner benefits for civil servants continues

The most vital benefits sought by gays and lesbians in the federal workforce, health insurance and other family benefits, must be approved by Congress.

A bill granting them has passed committees in the Senate and House but has not been brought up for a floor vote in either chamber.

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