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Speed Read: ‘The NAACP for gay people’

There is a potential for two ballot measures soon to repeal marriage bans in Ohio and Oregon. An effort to impeach Missouri governor for letting same-sex married couples file joint state tax returns appears to have little chance of passage. And what group do you think merits the moniker the “NAACP for gay people”?

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Speed Read: NOM delay denied

A federal judge in Oregon denied the National Organization for Marriage’s motion to delay hearing two lawsuits against the state’s marriage ban. There’s been a major pile-on of criticism for a new book out on the Proposition 8 litigation. And Virginia man gets fine for threatening the state attorney general over his support for same-sex couples.

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Speed Read: Log Cabin gets booster

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has introduced a human rights bill that goes farther than many thought she would. A major trade group has promised “financial support” to Log Cabin Republicans. And Rep. David Cicilline is in the Ukraine to show U.S. support for the country.

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Speed Read: ‘We will kick them out’

An Arkansas judge said he would rule by May 1 on whether that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe warned last week that he’d “kick out” any foreign diplomat who tried to support equal rights for gays in that country. And alleged shooter at Jewish centers in Kansas City had declared “war” on “Niggers, Jews, Queers.”

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Utah marriage cases cued up before the Tenth Circuit today, and next weekUtah marriage cases cued up before the Tenth Circuit today, and next week

The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. A three-judge panel will scrutinize the decision last December that held the state constitution’s definition of marriage as being only between “a man and a woman” is not permissible under the U.S. Constitution.

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Breaking News

Prop 8 book ‘Forcing the Spring’ triggers pile-on of criticism for ‘distortions’

There has been a dramatic pile-on of criticism around the release Tuesday of a new book about the legal case that challenged California’s Proposition 8. The book, Forcing the Spring, by New York Times writer Jo Becker, has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT activists and journalists this week, both publicly and privately.

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Utah marriage cases cued up before the Tenth Circuit today, and next weekUtah marriage cases cued up before the Tenth Circuit today, and next week

The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. A three-judge panel will scrutinize the decision last December that held the state constitution’s definition of marriage as being only between “a man and a woman” is not permissible under the U.S. Constitution.

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Report urges push to get the full picture on LGBT health in CDC data sweepReport urges push to get the full picture on LGBT health in CDC data sweep

A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well-documented or well-known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs.

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Supreme Court hearing on religious exemptions seems “deeply worrisome”Supreme Court hearing on religious exemptions seems “deeply worrisome”

The implications of two U.S. Supreme Court cases argued Tuesday for LGBT people and for laws that seek to prevent discrimination against LGBT people were a big part of the political discourse Tuesday afternoon. Jenny Pizer, director of Lambda Legal’s Law and Public Policy program, said her sense of how the arguments went is “deeply worrisome.”

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Sixth Circuit stays Michigan until Wednesday; hundreds already marriedSixth Circuit stays Michigan until Wednesday; hundreds already married

The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a stay at 5 p.m. Saturday of a district court decision Friday that struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex couples marrying. Meanwhile, hundreds of same-sex couples married before the stay was issued. The appeals court is expected to render its decision on the stay Wednesday.

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