Clinton, Harris urge HRC supporters to ‘rise’ against Trump

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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It wasn’t the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner that attendees anticipated a year ago.

Hopes were high that Hillary Clinton would be elected president and lead the way on advancing LGBT rights in the United States and around the world. Instead, Donald Trump is president and LGBT rights supporters are seeking to oppose his administration’s efforts to compromise rights for the LGBT community.

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Prop 8 lawyer’s views on gay marriage evolving

By : Wire Report
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Washington, D.C. – The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on same-sex marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that same-sex unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

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NOM joins fight to overturn transgender protections

By : Wire Report
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San Francisco (AP) – An effort to overturn a new law allowing transgender students to choose which school restrooms they use and whether to play boys or girls sports got a boost Friday when a major player in the passage of California’s now-defunct same-sex marriage ban threw its support behind the campaign.

The National Organization for Marriage announced it was working with another conservative group, the Capitol Resource Institute, to repeal the law at the ballot box. The marriage group provided early fundraising and organizing for the 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages, known as Proposition 8.

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Equality Florida, ACLU target overturning Amendment 2

By : Staff Report
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In 2008, more than 60% of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that prevents same-sex marriages from being performed or recognized in the Sunshine State. But after rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court in June declared a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismissed Proposition 8 in California, Floridians are hopeful that someday marriage equality could arrive in our state.

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s marriage ban may be the most viable option, but according to Equality Florida, that option must be pursued with care.

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3.28.13 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotSometimes a simple question requires so much more than a simple answer. Why, you might ask? Because cultural divides and antiquated views make things much more difficult than they need be.

Recently, when an acquaintance casually asked me if I was married, my response both baffled him and surprised me.

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2.28.13 Editor’s Desk

By : Steve Blanchard
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SteveBlanchardHeadshotMore than 100 years ago, shipbuilders bragged that their latest creation, the Titanic, was unsinkable. As if tempting fate, the doomed luxury liner struck an iceberg and now rests quietly on the bottom of the North Atlantic.

It’s a story we all know well, thanks to the 1997 Academy Award-winning film Titanic, its Hollywood predecessors, the traveling expedition and the ongoing documentaries airing on cable’s educational networks.

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