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Iowa Still Denying Accurate Birth Certificates to Same Sex Parents

Iowa Still Denying Accurate Birth Certificates to Same Sex Parents
Despite a previous ruling from the Iowa Supreme Court, the Iowa Department of Public Health is still refusing to immediately issue accurate birth certificates for all children born to married lesbian parents. Same-sex married couples are being told by the Iowa Department of Public Health that they must follow an affidavit process and obtain certified copies of their marriage license before accurate birth certificates can be issued. These requirements do not apply to non-gay Iowa families.
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VIDEO: How MN Went From No To Yes On Marriage Equality

VIDEO: How MN Went From No To Yes On Marriage Equality
In a matter of months, Minnesota went from almost banning same-sex marriage forever to embracing marriage equality. How did this turnaround happen? A new documentary by TheUpTake investigates this transformation in an effort to provide a blueprint (and some inspiration) for the battles to be held in individual states.
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CA Discrimination Suit Ends with Positive Settlement for Transgender Students

CA Discrimination Suit Ends with Positive Settlement for Transgender Students
A California school district settled a discrimination suit against a transgender student. The agreement ensures the school will take positive steps to guarantee equality for all transgender students.
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The Comprehensive Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce

The Comprehensive Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce
In an effort to provide up-to-date information and guidance for same-sex couples and families in Washington State, and in response to the recent Supreme Court decisions surrounding marriage equality, McKinley Irvin, the leading Pacific Northwest family law firm, has published a Comprehensive Legal Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Parenting and Divorce.
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NY High Schoolers Vote Gay Teens 'Cutest Couple' and They're Absolutely Adorable

NY High Schoolers Vote Gay Teens 'Cutest Couple' and They're Absolutely Adorable
According to Carmel High School Principal Kevin Carroll in New York, “Kids aren’t hiding anymore.” Referring to two male students Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor who, as a couple, were just voted "Cutest Couple" of their senior class.
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What if Kaitlyn Hunt Was an 18-Year Old Black Male?

What if Kaitlyn Hunt Was an 18-Year Old Black Male?
Call me crazy, but I believe firmly that the statutory laws are in place for a reason – to prevent the exploitation of young men and women who don’t have the ability to make informed decisions, who don’t have the ability to “consent.” Moving the boundaries on what constitutes statutory rape is a slippery slope. After all, would we be hearing this same outcry in Chicago, if an 18-year-old black male were given a similar plea offer or a similar charge with a 15-year-old white female victim?
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Obama 'Couldn't Be Prouder' of Gay Basketball Player Jason Collins

President Obama said Tuesday in a news conference that he spoke with Jason Collins Monday and told him he "couldn't be prouder" of the NBA basketball player.
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France Legalizes Gay Marriage, Still Outlawed in US

France Legalizes Gay Marriage, Still Outlawed in US
France is the 14th country to legalize gay marriage nationwide —and the most populous. Nine states and the District of Columbia in the U.S. also recognize such marriages, but the federal government does not.
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Tricky Situation: The Pregnant Man is Denied Divorce

Tricky Situation: The Pregnant Man is Denied Divorce
Thomas Beatie, born a female but is now identified as a man, cannot get a divorce to a woman he legally married nine years ago in Hawaii.
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The White House Honors Harvey Milk With LGBT Champion of Change Program

The White House Honors Harvey Milk With LGBT Champion of Change Program
The White House will recognize a group of outstanding openly LGBT state and local elected and appointed officials as “Harvey Milk Champions of Change.”
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