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National Family And Medical Leave Act Updates Definition Of Spouse

WASHINGTON - Workers in legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live, will now have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to federal job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for a spouse with a serious health condition. READ MORE.

San Francisco Doctors Report Two Hepatitis C Infections Among PrEP Users

Hep C hadn't been though as sexually transmitted. But the study that underscored that finding relied on heterosexual couples. Recent studies have found probable sexual transmission of the virus -- which attacks the liver -- in men who have sex with men in the U.S., Europe and Australia. READ MORE.

No Veto From Arkansas Gov. On Bill Banning LGBT Discrimination Laws

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, becoming the second state to adopt a measure opponents call a thinly-veiled move to discriminate against gays and lesbians. READ MORE.

Despite Ban, First Same-Sex Couple Marries In Texas

Despite Texas' longstanding ban on gay marriage, a same-sex couple married in Austin on Feb. 19 immediately after being granted a marriage license under a one-time court order issued for medical reasons. READ MORE.

Kate Brown Sworn In As Oregon Governor; Predecessor Resigns

Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who had been the state's longest-serving chief executive before his swift fall from grace.Brown assumed Oregon's highest office during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Brown, formerly the secretary of state, becomes the first openly bisexual governor in the nation. READ MORE.

Michigan Singer Lesley Gore Succumbs To Cancer

Singer Lesley Gore, best known for the 1963 smash hit "It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To)," died Monday following a battle with lung cancer. The singer was reportedly a non-smoker. READ MORE.

Ala Chief Justice Tells Judges: Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Tori Sisson and Shante Wolfe camped in a blue and white tent outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the early hours Monday, hugging and talking excitedly of getting married soon. READ MORE.

Michigan Looming Dilemma For Upcoming Historic Marriage Case

Just beyond the Feb. 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. READ MORE.

Is This The Beginning Of The End For Conversion Therapy?

In early February, a state court judge in New Jersey struck a blow to the defense in a case involving so called conversion therapy -- counseling designed, supporters say, to change a person from homosexual to heterosexual -- by ruling such groups were misrepresenting their services under a state consumer fraud law. READ MORE.

National Justice Thomas Objects To Court's Signal On Gay Marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama. READ MORE.

Bias Complaints At Daimler Portland Plant Settled For $2.4M

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Daimler Trucks North America agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle discrimination complaints filed by six minority workers who said they were subjected to threats and racial slurs at the company's Portland plant. READ MORE.

Some California Judges With Ties To Boy Scouts Question Ban

California is one of 22 states where judges are not allowed to be members of groups and clubs that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but until last week it had an exception for nonprofit youth groups that the Supreme Court said would end next January. The rule does not apply to religious organizations. READ MORE.

Transgender Teen's Death Stirs Action In US And Beyond

CINCINNATI (AP) - URL Leelah Alcorn http:www.pridesource.comarticle.html?article=69698 wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling down a highway. In the final message attributed to her, she pleaded: "My death needs to mean something. ... Fix society. Please." READ MORE.

Virginia Panel Rejects Adoption By Unmarried Gay Couples

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A proposal to allow adoption by the partners of unmarried gay parents was rejected Friday by a Virginia Senate committee. READ MORE.

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Wedding Expo Returns During Pivotal Year For Marriage Equality

Dancing, music, delicious food and a party atmosphere will greet the hundreds of people coming out to the 2015 Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo March 21.

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