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National Will U.S. Supreme Court Resolve Marriage Debate?

Trying to keep up with the number of states now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been tricky business the past few weeks. The number of new states coming "on line" with marriage equality has changed almost every day -- sometimes back and forth. READ MORE.

Mississippi Judge Overturns Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge has overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. READ MORE.

Study Suggests Genetic Link For Male Homosexuality

CHICAGO (AP) -- A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual, but the results aren't strong enough to prove it. READ MORE.

Shelter in Kansas City Won't House Gay Couples

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The City Union Mission in Kansas City says it will not allow legally married same-sex couples who are homeless to stay at the shelter. READ MORE.

Gay Marriage Issue Now Linked To Ohio Senator

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- For better or for worse, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's political future has become tied to same-sex marriage. READ MORE.

Another Top Ohio Republican Speaks On Gay Marriage

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Republican justice on the Ohio Supreme Court says the legal obstacles facing his lesbian daughter, her partner and their two children have made him view the state's protections for same-sex couples and their families as inadequate. READ MORE.

Pope Reinforces Traditional Family Values

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis said Monday that children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, emphasizing traditional family values as he opened an interreligious conference on the "complementarity" of men and women in marriage. READ MORE.

Republican Sweep Captures Senate And Some Pro-Gay Governors

Republican candidates won enough U.S. Senate seats Tuesday night to take over the majority in both chambers of Congress, but in an even more stunning victory, Republicans took over the governor's offices in three strongly Democratic states - Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts. The results in the U.S. Senate stall any chance for advancing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for at least two years, maybe more. READ MORE.

Michigan LGBT Veterans Still Denied Equal Federal Benefits

On the eve of Veterans Day, the American Military Partner Association, called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to immediately begin granting full and equal benefits to legally married LGBT veterans and their spouses. READ MORE.

National GLSEN Releases New National School Climate Survey On America's Middle And High Schools

Benchmark Survey Reveals Some Improvements in Climate; Schools Nationwide Remain Hostile Environments for LGBT Youth READ MORE.

NCAVP 2013 Intimate Partner Violence Report

NATIONAL - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released their 2013 report on intimate partner violence (IPV) and it shows a continuing increase in IPV towards LGBT people. READ MORE.

Transgender Michigan Teen Shares Story On National Stage

People magazine recently featured the story of Michigan teen, Leo Sheng, who is publicly sharing his story of transition by using social media. READ MORE.

CEO Of Apple Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud To Be Gay'

In an op-ed In BloombergBusinessweek Thursday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed rumors of his sexual orientation by announcing, "I'm proud to be gay." READ MORE.

Guide To Elections Across the U.S.

This year's election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation's first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation's first-ever openly gay governor. READ MORE.

5th Circuit Court Sets Date To Hear SSM Cases

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral arguments for same-sex marriages cases, Monday, for rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The hearings are set for the week of Jan. 5, 2015. READ MORE.

Federal Gov. To Recognize Same-Sex Married Couples In Six More States

In the latest development following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Oct. 25 that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming, stretching the number of states where same-sex marriages are federally recognized to 32 and the District of Columbia. READ MORE.

Hook-Up Related Homicide In Pennsylvania

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has recently learned of the hook-up related homicide of a man from Norristown, Pennsylvania. READ MORE.

Bishops Scrap Welcome To Gays In Sign Of Split

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. READ MORE.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. The ruling Friday (Oct. 17) by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage. READ MORE.

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