LGBT federal employees can purchase health insurance for their pets, but not their partners

While federal employees can buy pet insurance “in these challenging economic times,” LGBT workers are still prohibited from purchasing policies for their partners or spouses by the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — a federal law which denies federal benefits to legally married same sex couples.

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Illinois Gov: Legislature may OK civil unions by end of year

Gov. Quinn says he believes civil unions could be legalized in Illinois before the end of the year.

"The votes are there, I believe," Quinn said. "In the Senate for sure, and definitely I think we can do it in the House.

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Wolfson and Gallagher debate the Freedom to Marry Wed. at Yale

Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and Maggie Gallagher, of NOM and Institute for Marriage, will debate the following: "Resolved: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry" on Wednesday at Yale.

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Greens introduce freedom to marry bill in Australia

The Greens Party introduced a bill to legalize the freedom to marry in Australia's Parliament on 29 September.

The group Australian Marriage Equality is calling for a "conscience" vote on the bill, meaning individual MPs would be free to break from their party's official position.

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Interview with Ross Levi, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda

Levi on the freedom to marry in New York: "To have our lives and our families debated on the floor of the New York State Senate and be told by our government that we’re not worthy of the same protections that all other living families get, has only led us to be more invested in winning this fight."

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Video: What will you lose?

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund: "Anti-gay extremists are working hard to elect candidates who oppose equality for LGBT Americans. If they win in November, these candidates will do everything they can to deny marriage to committed same-sex couples."

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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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Miami Herald: Gay rights a matter of equal rights

The Miami Herald editorial board discusses Florida's anti-gay adoption law: "Florida's ban on gay adoptions is more than discriminatory. It's also inhumane. Hundreds of Florida children are in foster care hoping to be adopted. Good people are eager to become parents -- but denied that right simply because they are gay."

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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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St. Petersburg takes step forward on benefits for same-sex couples

The editorial board of the St. Petersburg Times applauds the city for its moves to extend health protections to the partners of rank-and-file police officers.

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