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Navy reverses plan to allow same sex marriages on military bases

The Navy has rescinded a plan to allow chaplains to marry same sex couples on military bases. In an April 13 memorandum, Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd had said that same sex marriages would be permitted under certain circumstances once the ban on gays serving openly was lifted.…

‘SlutWalk’ anti-rape march coming to Australia

SYDNEY (AFP) – Women protesting for the right to wear what they like and behave how they choose without facing sexual harassment are set to hold “SlutWalks” across Australia as the movement goes global. SlutWalk began in Canada in April in response to a Toronto police official saying that “women…

Northwestern University cancels class after live sex show

CHICAGO — Students at Chicago’s prestigious Northwestern University won’t be able to take a popular course in human sexuality next year after a professor invited his class to watch a live sex show, officials said Monday. The topic of the day was bondage, swinging and other fetishes. Then, after the…

Immigration judge halts deportation of partner in same sex marriage

A Venezuelan native who is legally married to an American man had his deportation put on hold by a federal immigration judge Friday. Henry Valandia will be allowed to stay in the U.S. while he waits to appear in court again on Dec. 16. Valandia married Josh Vandiver in Connecticut…

Democratic lawmaker introduces LGBT-inclusive immigration reform bill

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) wants to do something about the nearly 6 million people that have been separated from their spouses, minor children, sisters or brothers for years because of an immigration backlog. The congressman announced Thursday that he was introducing the Reuniting Families Act (H.R. 2709) to reform the…

Republican congressman compares same sex marriage to polygamy, incest

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, freshman GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina questioned why Attorney General Eric Holder should apply a higher level of scrutiny to same sex marriage laws than to laws concerning inter-family marriage and polygamy. In February, President Barack Obama decided that the Defense…

Same sex marriage ban introduced to Minnesota Senate

Republican state lawmakers announced on Tuesday they would introduce a constitutional amendment to the Minnesota Senate to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. “The proposed constitutional amendment asks voters to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman in Minnesota,” Minnesota Senator Warren Limmer…

Texas bill would strip away transgender marriage rights

Republicans in Texas want to roll back the clock on marriage rights for transgender people. SB 723, sponsored by state Sen. Tommy Williams (R), would bar district clerks from accepting a court order recognizing a sex change as legal documentation for a marriage license. In effect, the bill would force…

‘Unprecedented’ coalition pressing for marriage equality in New York

An alliance of gay rights groups — along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) — are launching a new effort to legalize same sex marriage in New York by this summer. The Empire State Pride Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry and Marriage Equality New York announced…

Poll: Majority support legalizing same sex marriage

A majority of Americans support legalizing same sex marriage, according to a new CNN poll released Tuesday — the latest example of an ongoing paradigm shift on the divisive issue. Fifty-one percent of American adults surveyed said the law ought to recognize “marriages between gay and lesbian couples” as valid.…

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