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Pentagon announces plan to extend spousal benefits
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Empress Nicole and the Court
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Spreading the love - Freedom to Marry plans $2M campaign for 2013
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Is the Constitution passé? In light of LGBT advances, perhaps it's time for a rethink
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Coming out after 30 - 'Meet-up' group in Seattle offers community and support
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Turning tragedy into triumph - Gay Kenyan gang-rape victim has a harrowing story to tell
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Boy Scouts postpone decision on Gays
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Rhode Island Bar Association endorses marriage equality
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Marriage equality for Valentine's Day?
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Minnesota governor calls for marriage equality
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Gay Pride celebrated in India
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UK House of Commons OKs marriage equality
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France approves first part of marriage equality law
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Jesse's Journal: A bitter Valentine
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Porn: A force for equality?
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Scruff is in, say majority of men
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Amid Daily Struggles, Gay Rights Movement Embraces Watershed Moments
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Indiana Students: No Gays at Prom
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Gay marriage, turban-wearing Mountie nixed as images on new bills: documents
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Equality Illinois gala attracts pols, celebrates
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Pentagon announces plan to extend spousal benefits
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Pentagon announced this week that it plans to extend new benefits to the spouses of Gay personnel. The move comes about 17 months after repeal of the longstanding 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy prohibiting service by openly Gay personnel.

While no final decision has been made as to which benefits wil
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Empress Nicole and the Court
The ICS grande dame reflects on a lifetime of activism

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Saturday, February 16, The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle will hold its annual Coronation. Now in its 43rd year, the Coronation is one of the longest-running LGBT events in the Northwest.

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Spreading the love - Freedom to Marry plans $2M campaign for 2013
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Freedom to Marry announced on February 7 a 2013 drive to raise and invest $2 million through the Win More States Fund, with an initial focus on passing marriage equality legislation in several more states across the country.

According to officials of the same-sex marria
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Is the Constitution passé? In light of LGBT advances, perhaps it's time for a rethink
by Abby Dees - SGN Contributing Writer

Despite my radical spirit, my committed feminism, and my deep distrust of old establishments, after I went to law school I became a fawning, dorky fan of the U.S. Constitution. It's normal for lawyers to do this. We see in the Constitution all this promise of equality and justice, even t more
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Coming out after 30 - 'Meet-up' group in Seattle offers community and support
by Uma Rao - Special to the SGN

Coming out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ) is a deeply personal process that varies for each individual, and there is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to do so. No matter your age or life path, each individual gets to determine when the time is right to publicly share their id
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Turning tragedy into triumph - Gay Kenyan gang-rape victim has a harrowing story to tell
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Anthony Adero has found Seattle social life to be very liberal and unique. 'It is a city with its own unique culture and very great mix of hype,' he told Seattle Gay News.

A very extroverted and sociable person, he has come to love Seattle.

'The people are t
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Boy Scouts postpone decision on Gays
Poll shows most people favor inclusion

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Boy Scouts of America officials announced on February 6 that they will delay a decision on whether to end their ban on Gay Scouts and adult Scout leaders, but a poll released the same day indicates most Americans have already made up th
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Rhode Island Bar Association endorses marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Rhode Island Bar Association executive committee and its House of Delegates have both endorsed the marriage equality bill now pending in the state Senate. Rhode Islanders United for Marriage announced the Bar Association's endorsement on February 4.

The measure passed the Rh
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Marriage equality for Valentine's Day?
Illinois lawmakers plan a Feb. 14 vote on same-sex marriage

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said on February 5 that he would bring his state's marriage equality bill to the Senate floor for a vote on Valentine's Day, February 14.

Speaking with rep
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Minnesota governor calls for marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called for marriage equality in his annual State of the State address to the state legislature on February 6.

'Let me mention one other cause,' Dayton said after outlining his budget priorities for the coming year, 'which is controversial, but cons
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Gay Pride celebrated in India
Thousands march in Mumbai and Hyderabad

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Thousands of Indians marched for LGBT rights in Mumbai on February 2 and in Hyderabad the next day.

According to Gay Star News, 2,000 people marched in Mumbai in the fifth annual Queer Azaadi Pride march. 'Azaadi' me
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UK House of Commons OKs marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The British House of Commons gave its initial approval to a marriage equality bill by a wide margin on February 5. The vote was 400 to 175.

Although Prime Minister David Cameron backed the measure, most of his Conservative Party members voted against it.

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France approves first part of marriage equality law
Lawmakers trade insults as debate continues

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The French National Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first and most important article of the new marriage equality law sponsored by President Francois Hollande.

By a 249-97 vote on February 2, French lawm
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Jesse's Journal: A bitter Valentine
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

As we begin the second Obama Administration, many Americans - like the president himself - have 'evolved' in their attitudes about same-sex couples. Though marriage equality is still a long way off, especially in 'red states' like Florida, mainstream views about Lesbian or Gay cou
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Porn: A force for equality?
Study says exposure to pornography boosts support for same-sex marriage

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new study published in the professional journal Communication Research says that the more porn straight men watch, the more open they become to the idea of same-sex marriage.

'Our
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Scruff is in, say majority of men
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Style has once again come full circle - and hair is in. Not just any hair: facial hair, chest hair, and yes - even the hair down there.

According to a survey conducted by Manhunt, Gay men prefer their partners to leave their body hair alone.

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Amid Daily Struggles, Gay Rights Movement Embraces Watershed Moments
by NPR Staff

From the sparks lit at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 to the whirl of same-sex marriage laws, the gay rights movement has made a lot of advances. But has it now reached a plateau?

Nine states and Washington, D.C., now legally recognize gay marriage, and the Supreme Court will take up same-sex marriage
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Indiana Students: No Gays at Prom
A group of several students, parents, and at least one teacher at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana, is lobbying for a 'traditional prom' that would ban gay students from attending. Administrators at Sullivan High School are not in support of the movement, so the group is considering the possibility of a 'separate but equal' prom at w more
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Gay marriage, turban-wearing Mountie nixed as images on new bills: documents
DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
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Equality Illinois gala attracts pols, celebrates
DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
more
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DEAN BEEBY
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press

The Bank of Canada considered celebrating gay marriages, black hockey players, and turban-wearing RCMP officers on its new plastic bank notes - but eventually nixed them all in favour of the more traditional images of a train, a ship and a monument.

Internal documen
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