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National In Apology To Trans Community, HRC Pledges Push For Broad LGBT Bill

In a gracious and surprising move, the president of the nation's largest LGBT organization offered an apology to the transgender community at the same time he said the group would take a lead in advocating fully comprehensive federal LGBT civil-rights legislation."I want to cut right to the chase here today," said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin in Atlanta Sept. 5, addressing several hundred people at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a major gathering for transgender people. READ MORE.

Couples, Firms Take Sides In Gay Marriage Debate

In the midst of a debate over whether businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gays and lesbians, more straight couples are inquiring about venues' same-sex wedding policies. The importance of the issue has gone beyond same-sex couples looking to tie the knot. Straight couples don't want to send a message to LGBT friends or family that they condone or support venues that discriminate. READ MORE.

Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school. READ MORE.

Man Wins Fight To Get Same-Sex Union Recognized

PHOENIX (AP) - In a ruling that calls into question Arizona's gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Sept.12 to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex unions. READ MORE.

Lawyer To Appeal To High Court On Gay Conversion

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - An attorney for two associations and two licensed therapists suing to overturn New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy said Sept. 10 he will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. READ MORE.

Florida Officials Appeal Gay Marriage Rulings

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed appeals late Sept. 12 on several rulings overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. The motion argues the sole legal issue is the constitutional validity of the state ban and any changes should come from voters, not the courts. Florida voters approved the ban in 2008. READ MORE.

Indiana Agrees To Recognize 2nd Same-Sex Marriage

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Indiana has agreed to recognize a second same-sex marriage because one of the women is battling cancer. A federal judge on Thursday approved Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera's agreement with the state and the Lake County clerk. READ MORE.

Arkansas AG Asks Court To Uphold Gay Marriage Ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The attorney general's office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions. READ MORE.

Stay Issued In Indiana Gay Marriage Ban Case

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional. READ MORE.

Attack On Gay Philadelphia Couple Leaves One Injured

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police are investigating a downtown attack on two gay men that left one with a broken facial bone. READ MORE.

Ginsburg: 6th Circuit Likely To Determine SCOTUS Urgency

Same-sex couples can legally wed in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Bans that have been overturned in some other states continue to make their way through the courts. "Having people close to us who say who they are - that made the attitude change in this country," Ginsburg said at the University of Minnesota Law School. READ MORE.

15 Orgos Ask Capitol For New LGBT State Dept. Position

"As the scourge of state-sanctioned discrimination and violence against LGBT people spreads, it is imperative that the United States take a strong diplomatic stand in demanding the equal enforcement of human rights," said Ruth Messinger, president of AJWS, the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization. READ MORE.

Women's Colleges Address Transgender Applicants

"What it means to be a woman isn't static," said Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella, who the AP reports announced the admissions policy change at the college's convocation ceremony. "Early feminists argued that reducing women to their biological functions was a foundation of women's oppression. We don't want to fall back on that." READ MORE.

In Apology To Trans Community, HRC Pledges Push For Broad LGBT Bill

In a gracious and surprising move, the president of the nation's largest LGBT organization offered an apology to the transgender community at the same time he said the group would take a lead in advocating fully comprehensive federal LGBT civil-rights legislation."I want to cut right to the chase here today," said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin in Atlanta Sept. 5, addressing several hundred people at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a major gathering for transgender people. READ MORE.

The Scoop On Ben & Jerry's LGBT Support

Ben & Jerry's joins the ranks of other retailers, food or otherwise, professing strong support for same-sex marriage. READ MORE.

News You Should Know Third Circuit Court Upholds Conversion Therapy Ban

Lower courts had defined ex-gay therapy as "conduct" instead of speech, even though the therapy practice primarily consists of talk therapy. The Appellate court ruled that speech is speech and not conduct and therefore not protected by the First Amendment. READ MORE.

National Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada Gay Marriage Laws In Court

Supporters of the bans in the three states before the 9th Circuit argue that state governments have an interest in promoting marriage between a man and a woman, which they say is optimal for childrearing. Opponents say there is no data supporting the childrearing contention, and they argue that the marriage prohibitions are unconstitutional violations of equal protection rights. READ MORE.

7th Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Marriage Bans

CHICAGO - The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down same-sex marriage bans on Sept. 4 for Wisconsin and Indiana, upholding lower court decisions that the ban on marriage is a violation of the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. READ MORE.

32 States Request SCOTUS To Settle Same-Sex Marriage

Thirty-two states that either allow same-sex marriage or have banned it asked SCOTUS on Sept. 4 to settle the issue that is occupying many of the States' courts. The signatories of the Amici Briefs filed with the Supreme Court represent different constituencies and interests, but they all agree that continuing injury and indignity inflicted on families by the deprivation of the constitutional guarantees of the freedom to marry and equal protection must end nationwide. READ MORE.

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Nearing Agricultural Nirvana With Dolly The Llama

CHELSEA - Following a path that has taken her from working in civil rights in the big metropolis of New York City to owning dozens of sheep, chickens, pigs and other rowdy farm animals, Angie Martell seeks a full life of balance and tranquility.

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