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Obama hails Stonewall at inauguration - Calls for equal treatment of 'our Gay brothers and sisters'
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DOMA's last gasp? - House GOP files brief in defense of discriminatory law
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Going to the mat for women - Sen. Patty Murray challenges House Republicans on VAWA
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When will BSA get a clue?
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René Jesus Valdes
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Tying the knot - Senator Ed Murray and Michael Shiosaki ?make their engagement official
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Rhode Island House passes marriage equality bill - Measure faces uncertain fate in Senate
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Eyewitness to history - A first-person account of Inauguration Day
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The community's response - Leading LGBTQ voices react to President Obama's inaugural address
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2016: Sooner than you think
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New dating website seeks to connect LGBT Mormons
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British parliament to debate marriage equality bill
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UK in same-sex succession row
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Ontario Gets Its First Woman Premier And Canada's First Out LGBT Premier
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Thousands Rally in Paris For Same-Sex Marriage
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Obama hails Stonewall at inauguration - Calls for equal treatment of 'our Gay brothers and sisters'
'[I]f we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.'

President Barack Obama did not neglect the LGBT community in his inaugural speech this week. Referring to the principle of inherent equality as 'the star that guides us still,' Obama went on to say that it 'guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selm
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DOMA's last gasp? - House GOP files brief in defense of discriminatory law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The so-called Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), representing the House Republican leadership, filed its brief defending DOMA with the Supreme Court on January 22.

Attorneys for Edie Windsor, the plaintiff challenging DOMA in Windsor v. U.S.A., will reply to BLAG's brief in
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Going to the mat for women - Sen. Patty Murray challenges House Republicans on VAWA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Senator Patty Murray issued a statement January 22 challenging the House Republican leadership to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

'The fate of the Violence Against Women Act still lays squarely on the shoulders of [Majority Leader] Eric Cantor and [House
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When will BSA get a clue?
by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

Look, I'm no Boy Scout - and I never have been. I'm not a boy, for one. I'm also an 'avowed homosexual,' which means the Boy Scouts don't like me as a matter of official policy.

Now, this has not had a huge impact on me personally. My younger brother was in the Cub more
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René Jesus Valdes
May 27, 1948 - February 2, 2012

One year ago, René Jesus Valdes, linguist, Gay Games Gold Medalist, and 30-year HIV survivor, died after increasingly difficult bouts of mental anguish. He was born In Havana, Cuba, and battled discrimination after being expelled from university and denied employment for being Gay. He came to the U
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Tying the knot - Senator Ed Murray and Michael Shiosaki ?make their engagement official
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washington State Sen. Ed Murray of Seattle (D-43), who led the effort in the Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage, is getting married himself. He and his longtime partner, Michael Shiosaki, have revealed that they plan to wed August 10.

The ceremony is planned for the 22-
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Rhode Island House passes marriage equality bill - Measure faces uncertain fate in Senate
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives on January 24. The vote was 51-19.

The issue was never in doubt, since the bill came to the floor with 42 co-sponsors in the 75-member House. Speaker Gordon Fox is Gay and was a leading support
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Eyewitness to history - A first-person account of Inauguration Day
by Sarah Toce - Special to the SGN

The crowd erupted in cheers as pro-LGBT President Barack H. Obama addressed the diverse crowd of waiting Americans at the United States Capitol and adjoining National Mall January 21.

The majority of those present at the time-encapsulated building stood in line for more than se
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The community's response - Leading LGBTQ voices react to President Obama's inaugural address
(Compiled from news sources)

FREEDOM TO MARRY
'In his second Inaugural today, President Obama traced the moral arc from Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall, and rightly exalted the struggle for the freedom to marry as part of America's moral commitment to equality, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freed
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2016: Sooner than you think
New poll finds people like Joe, but they love Hillary

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released January 23 shows Hillary Clinton retiring from the State Department at the peak of her popularity. Some 67% of poll respondents said they have a favorable impression of Cl
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New dating website seeks to connect LGBT Mormons
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

If you are single, Gay, Mormon, and looking for love, then Origins might be the answer to your prayers.

Origins' creator, Andrew Markle, says the forthcoming website seeks to give Gay Mormons an online social network to meet others like them for 'marriage or long-term com
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British parliament to debate marriage equality bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The marriage equality bill sponsored by Britain's Conservative government was officially introduced in Parliament by Culture Secretary Maria Miller on January 24. The measure will be debated on February 5.

Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to passing the legislation, a
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UK in same-sex succession row
If the King is Gay, do you sing 'God Save the Queen'?

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The British Parliament is facing the question of what to do if a future King or Queen happens to be Gay.

Labor Party MP Paul Flynn has introduced an amendment to the law that deals with the possibility
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Ontario Gets Its First Woman Premier And Canada's First Out LGBT Premier
Kathleen Wynne now leads Ontario's liberal party and becomes the province's first female premier. She also is married to a woman, making her Canada's first out LGBT premier.

Chris Geidner BuzzFeed Staff

With 1,150 votes to Sandra Pupatello's 866 votes on the third ballot at the Ontario Liberal leadership convent
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Thousands Rally in Paris For Same-Sex Marriage
Thousands marched in Paris on Sunday to support a same-sex marriage bill. By STEVEN ERLANGER

PARIS - Thousands of people marched in Paris on Sunday to show their support for a same-sex marriage bill that lawmakers will begin to debate on Tuesday.

'Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases like
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