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President Obama: “I Think the Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage” In All 50 States

President Obama’s evolution on marriage equality continues, as he discusses in an interview with the New Yorker. The New Yorker reports: Obama opposed marriage equality until May of 2012. He told me that he now believes the Constitution requires all states to allow same-sex marriage, an argument that his Administration has not yet made before …

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Taking Apart the “Religious Liberty” Talking Points Behind the Right to Discriminate Bills

Conservatives have been flailing this month to recover control of their “religious liberty” talking points after the country turned on Arizona for its “license to discriminate” bill, leading up to Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto Wednesday afternoon. Groups like the Heritage Foundation, the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, the Cato Institute, and Focus …

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Senator Ted Cruz Introduces Anti Marriage Equality Bill

Senator Ted Cruz of shut-down-the-government fame is introducing the companion bill to a House measure that would stop the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages in states that ban the practice. The Washington Blade reports: Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced legislation on Thursday in the U.S. Senate to prohibit the federal …

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Congresswoman Proposes National Ban on Reparative Therapy

A US congresswoman from California is re-introducing a proposed ban on reparative or conversion therapy for gay youth. LGBTQ Nation reports: U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday reintroduced a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion …

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Democrats Reluctant to Include Gay/Lesbian Binational Couples in Immigration Bill

Senate Democrats are considering offering an amendment to include gay and lesbian binational couples to the immigration reform bill on the floor instead of in committee. The Washington Blade explains: Late Thursday, Politico reported that Democrats are asking the White House to tell Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to withhold amendments for bi-national same-sex couples until …

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President Obama Wants Immigration Bill to Include Binational Gay Couples

President Obama stepped into the immigration reform controversy around binational couples today. Pink News reports: US President Barack Obama has said that he thinks recognising gay couples in a broad immigration bill currently pending in Congress is “the right thing to do”. The President did not specify whether or not he would sign legislation, if …

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Bill Reintroduced in U.S. Senate To Remove Unfair Tax Burden On LGBT Families

Two US Senators, a Democrat and Republican, are introducing a bill that would help level the tax playing field for LGBT citizens. LGBTQ Nation reports: U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday introducing the Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act, a bill that would end the taxation of employer-provided health …

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