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Franken rebukes marriage inequality: Straight people won’t suddenly ‘become gay’

At hearing Thursday for a bill that would repeal the federal ban on same sex marriage, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) encouraged his Republican colleagues not to worry because “straight people aren’t suddenly going to become gay.” “The suffering that [the Defense of Marriage Act] DOMA causes and will cause is…

GOP Sen. claims equal rights are just too expensive

Why shouldn’t same sex couples have equal rights? According to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), it’s because equality is just too expensive. “Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) would actually result in an expansion of federal benefits and spending at a time when we know that federal spending is way…

Cain flip flops to support anti-marriage equality amendment

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has returned to supporting a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage, after promising not to seek such an amendment earlier this month. “I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban on same sex marriage, but I am pro-traditional marriage,” Cain told NBC’s David Gregory just over…

Senate panel to vote on bill to repeal DOMA

by On Top Magazine Patrick Leahy on Friday announced that there would be a vote on a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Friday announced that the committee has scheduled a vote for a…

Navy veteran denied benefits over same sex marriage

Carmen Cardona, an 18-year Navy veteran who is disabled, is suing the federal government after Veterans Affairs (VA) denied her benefits because she is married to a woman. Cardona told The New York Times that she should have been eligible for additional benefits after she married her partner last year,…

Obama calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

President Barack Obama on Saturday night called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) during his keynote address to the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th Annual National Dinner. The law defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, and prohibits legally married same sex…

Pentagon allows military chaplains to perform same-sex unions

Ten days after the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, there’s more positive news from the military for gay individuals. The Pentagon has decided to allow military chaplains to perform same-sex unions whether on or off a military location, according to the Associated Press. A chaplain can officiate at any…

69 lawmakers urge protections for bi-national gay couples

A group of 69 Democratic House members Tuesday asked the Obama administration to provide assurances that updated immigration policies would prevent the deportation of partners in same sex relationships. In letters (PDF) to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder, lawmakers applauded the August 18 Department of…

Congressional candidate’s partner faces deportation because of DOMA

When Mike Williams decided to run for Congress in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional district, he did it, he said, “to be a role model for the underprivileged — not just LGBT kids, but all the kids in Connecticut who don’t have the same opportunities they’re supposed to.” And then Williams found…

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