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posted Friday, September 5 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 36


We win two: Seventh Circuit strikes Indiana and Wisconsin marriage bans
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed the LGBT community two victories with a September 4 ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

As expected, the three-judge panel ruled unanimously that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage violate the equal protection and due process clauses of th
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We lose one: Judge upholds Louisiana marriage ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal district judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages in a September 3 ruling, breaking the string of more than 20 federal court decisions striking similar laws in other states.

In his decision, Judge Martin Feldman ruled that the Louisiana law was valid becaus
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Jenny Durkan to leave U.S. Attorney role
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington Jenny Durkan announced Wednesday that she would leave at the end of September after serving five years in office.

Durkan was in the first group of six U.S. attorneys nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2009 and
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JESSE'S JOURNAL: A Conversation with Johnny Diaz: Two Cubans Talking
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

I met Johnny Diaz at the Barnes & Noble in Coral Gables where, not surprisingly, I found him working on his next novel. Though we only met once before, we soon got into a lively conversation about writing, living in South Florida, and being a Gay Cubano. Soon our talk got loud
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ACLU attorney, Sher Kung, who worked to overturn Major Margaret Witt's DADT case, killed in bike accident
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Sher Kung and I got along the minute we met two years ago at a restaurant in the Southcenter Mall. We met quite by accident really. My husband and I had arranged to meet two friends of ours, a straight couple visiting from San Francisco, California, for drinks. It was a short visit and, in
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HRC calls for government official to spearhead LGBT rights around the globe
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Chad Griffin, president at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) told supporters in an email this week, 'When you see discrimination against LGBT people where you live, you don't sit back and let it happen. You do something about it.'

Griffin then went on to ask for the public's h
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Marriage equality cost me reelection, Hawaii governor claims&

Or was he just a bad governor?

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a Labor Day press conference, outgoing Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie claimed that he had lost his bid for re-election because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage.

Abercrombie, a 40-year veteran of Hawaii politics went down to crushing defeat in the Aug
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Little Caesars sued for anti-Gay discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Little Caesars pizza chain has been sued by a former management trainee for denying health insurance coverage to same-sex spouses.

In a suit filed in Orange County, California, on August 28 Frank Bernard accuses the pizza company of discriminating against him on the basis of
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Gates Foundation awards $25 million to vaccine research
by Viktor Bogatko - SGN Contributing Writer

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $25 million grant to Oregon researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates.

Among the largest philanthropic grants ever received by Oregon Health and Science University,
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First ever summit on LGBTQ sustainability - OUT for Sustainability hosts the first conference on the intersection of LGBTQ identity and sustainability values
OUT for Sustainability, the world's leading organization dedicated to sustainability values within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, hosts the first ever LGBTQ sustainability conference, the Fab Planet Summit, on September 13th, from 1-7 p.m. The conference will be held at a convenient location in Seattle's Pio more
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Landmark gender recognition law in Denmark
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Denmark's landmark gender recognition law came into effect on September 1, allowing the country's Transgender residents historic new freedoms.

Said to be the first such law in Europe, and probably in the entire world, the measure allows Danes complete self-determination in g
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Mexican state of Coahuila legalizes same-sex marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Mexican state of Coahuila approved same-sex marriage on September 1, by a 19-3 vote in the state Congress. The northern Mexican state joins Mexico City and the southern state of Quintana Roo in allowing Gay and Lesbian couples to marry.

The new marriage law takes effect on
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Kiki With D
Dear Kiki With D,

I am really bad at writing but I have wanted to do this for a while. Here it goes.

I met my friend at work. He is not a coworker but does work in my building. Which is now my old building because I no longer work for the same company.

We started off as friends. We would go on smo
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