Mother, transgender son write book about coping

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WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Donald Collins’ arms are covered with tattoos. Some have metaphorical meanings. The dandelion symbolizes resilience. The robin and the moth represent new beginnings.

Though only 24, he is an old pro at resilience and new beginnings. In his senior year at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Donald came out as transgender. Since then, as he progressed through his transition from female to male — which affected his body, his lifestyle, his name, his interactions with others — he and his mother struggled with their emotions and differing opinions about what was happening to his body and to their family dynamic.

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What’s at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The decision in United States v. Windsor did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

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Guest column: Countdown to Equality

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MaryMeeksHeadshotWe may very well be on the cusp of a Watershed Moment here in Florida. In a state that currently offers no statewide legal recognition whatsoever for the hundreds of thousands of families headed by same-sex couples residing here, full marriage equality may well be on the horizon. In January 2014, 6 same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute filed a historic lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban (Pareto v. Ruvin*), and subsequent lawsuits were filed in Florida federal court challenging Florida’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

These Florida courts will soon decide whether to join the unanimous opinions of every court in the nation that has addressed the issue in the past 10 months, by ruling that Florida’s bans on same-sex marriage violate the federal constitution. If so, it will be a landmark judicial affirmation of our right to human dignity and legal equality, and will end an ignominious chapter of legislative discrimination that no longer reflects the views of most Floridians.

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Edith Windsor is runner-up for Time Person of the Year

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Edith Windsor, the gay rights activist whose Supreme Court case led to the downfall of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), is a runner-up for Time’s Person of the Year 2013.

Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year Dec. 11, saying the Catholic Church’s new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

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