Rhode Island House votes to ban ‘gay or trans panic’ defense

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the “gay or trans panic” defense, a controversial legal strategy that seeks to use a victim’s sexual orientation or identity as justification for a violent crime.

The House voted to ban the legal defense May 23. It will now go to the Senate.

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Ban on ‘gay panic defense’ approved, heads to California governor

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The state Assembly approved AB2501 on a 50-10 vote Aug. 27.

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Gay teacher fired from Catholic School after getting married

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Glendora, Ca. – It was a picture of one of life’s happiest moments that Catholic high school teacher Ken Bencomo said cost him his job.

The veteran English instructor married his longtime beau five days after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California. Coverage of the happy couple in the local newspaper, however, appears not to have sat well with the all-girls Catholic school in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora where he taught for 17 years.

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A further look at the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions

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June 26, 2013 was an extraordinary day – a watershed in the history of the LGBT rights movement. In two court cases, and one fell swoop, the Supreme Court advanced the struggle for LGBT equality immeasurably.

Minutes after the cases were announced, President Barack Obama tweeted: “Today’s DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveisLove.”

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DOMA Decision: What they said

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From the Supreme Court Justices to local leaders, it seems like everyone has an opinion about the death of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Find out what they all said, after the jump:

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Orlando attorney wins diversity award

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An Orlando attorney is the recipient of the American Bar Association diversity leadership award. Larry Smith was given the honor at the group’s annual conference in Chicago for advocating on behalf of the LGBT community. He is the first openly gay recipient.

The award was created in 2008 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession.

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