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February 19, 2013
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  • Legislation would recognize marriages of out troops
    U.S. military personnel who are legally married to same-sex spouses would gain full spousal and family benefits under legislation proposed in both the House and Senate last week. In the Senate, the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act is named after New Hampshire National Guardsman Charlie Morgan, who died from breast cancer earlier this month. Her widow, now a single parent to the couple's 5-year-old daughter, is ineligible for survivor benefits. "The story of Charlie Morgan offers a powerful example of why we need immediate action to end LGBT discrimination in our military," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who introduced the legislation along with co-sponsor Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (2/15), SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Mass. policy focuses on needs of trans students
    Massachusetts schools are required to allow transgender students to use facilities and participate in sports designated for the gender with which they identify, under policy guidelines issued Friday. "School administrators and counseling staff should work with students to address the discomfort and to foster understanding of gender identity, to create a school culture that respects and values all students," the guidelines state. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gay couples leave the U.S. to stay together
    Brandon Perlberg, an American lawyer in a relationship with a British man who lived in the U.S. for nearly seven years on temporary visas, quit his job in New York and moved to London after his partner was unable to obtain a visa as a permanent U.S. resident. Perlberg and other Americans in same-sex relationships with foreign nationals are not allowed to sponsor their partners for naturalization. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • VA grants national cemetery burial rights to same-sex spouse
    The Department of Veterans Affairs will allow the same-sex spouse of a veteran to be buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Oregon. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki based the decision on evidence of a "committed relationship between the individual and the veteran," the VA said in a statement. The Defense of Marriage Act generally forbids veterans benefits for same-sex spouses, but Shinseki has the authority to approve individual requests. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • High court to weigh key question before deciding marriage cases
    The outcomes of two marriage-related cases before the Supreme Court could hinge on whether justices decide that gays and lesbians deserve special legal protections due to their history of being discriminated against. If the court concludes that laws targeting gays and lesbians deserve heightened scrutiny, it will be be more likely to find the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 unconstitutional, which would affect anti-gay laws across the country, according to this analysis. Reuters (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership Spotlight 
  • PFLAG founder honored at White House ceremony
    Jeanne Manford, the late founder of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, was honored Friday by President Barack Obama, who awarded her and 17 others the Presidential Citizen Medal. "She inspired a movement and gave rise to a national organization that has given so much support to parents and families and friends, and helped to change this country," Obama said. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Beyond Politics 
  • Pro soccer player comes out as gay
    Robbie Rogers, an American soccer player who once played for the U.S. national team, has come out as gay. Rogers is set to leave the sport after playing most recently for a team in England. "Life is so full of amazing things. I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest," said Rogers, who added it was time to discover himself away from soccer. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The normative power of marriage is of little use if it does not give the possibility to marry the person that one chooses."
--Judges of the Mexican Supreme Court, from a ruling finding a state law that bans marriage equality unconstitutional, as quoted by The Washington Blade

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