El Salvador lawmakers look to ban same-sex marriage, gay adoption

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) – A bill that would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador has won preliminary approval from the legislature.

A package of constitutional reforms approved April 16 also would bar same-sex couples from adopting children.

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IOC makes Olympic-sized move on LGBT issues

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Monaco – The International Olympic Committee approved a new Olympic bidding process this month to make the system less costly and more flexible to attract future candidates—to including adding sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy.

Under Principle 6, the new clause states there should be no discrimination “of any kind, such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

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Obama has steadily extended advocacy for transgender Americans during office

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – President Barack Obama, who established his bona fides as a gay and lesbian rights champion when he endorsed same-sex marriage, has steadily extended his administration’s advocacy to the smallest and least accepted band of the LGBT rainbow: transgender Americans.

With little of the fanfare or criticism that marked his evolution into the leader Newsweek magazine nicknamed “the first gay president,” Obama became the first chief executive to say “transgender” in a speech, to name transgender political appointees and to prohibit job bias against transgender government workers. Also in his first term, he signed hate crime legislation that became the first federal civil rights protections for transgender people in U.S. history.

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