GLAD files lawsuits challenging so-called Defense of Marriage Act

Two new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of gay and lesbian couples in four states to challenge a 1996 law denying married gay couples federal benefits.

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Voice for Equality: Laura Ricketts

Laura Ricketts is co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and CEO of Ecotravel.com. Ricketts is also a board member of Lambda Legal and the Housing Opportunities for Women organization.

Ricketts' ownership stake in the Cubs is uniquely noteworthy because it makes her the first openly gay owner of a major-league sports franchise.

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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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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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New group opposes effort to remove Iowa judges

A new coalition aimed at retaining Iowa’s system of judicial appointments warned Monday that an “extremist” group from Mississippi is at the root of an effort to oust three justices from the state Supreme Court.

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Will you marry us, Virginia?

Melissa Castro writes about proposing to her partner and discusses Virginia, which does not have a marriage law that is inclusive of lesbian and gay couples.

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Jane Lynch on marriage and growing up a lesbian

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Jane Lynch, appeared on the Larry King Live show Thursday and discussed her marriage and what it was like growing up a lesbian.

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Cicilline wins RI primary for Kennedy seat

Providence Mayor David Cicilline won a contentious Democratic primary to succeed Rep. Patrick Kennedy. If elected in November, Cicilline would become the fourth openly gay member of Congress.

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Video: Thank you for your call

Watch Bill Bowersock's story about being denied his late partner's Social Security benefits, funds that are automatically transferred to any straight spouse that has been married for ten minutes.

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All Mexican states must recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed in Mexico City

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that all 31 states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the capital, though its decision does not force those states to begin marrying gay couples in their territory.

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