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Same-Sex Spouses to Get Federal Benefits in Some States

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In these states, LGBT couples enjoy the same state employee benefits as heterosexual couples. Until recently, however, they lacked equal access to federal employment benefits. This all changed in June 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Sec. 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had defined marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Now, in states that recognize same-sex marriage, spouses …

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Pa. County Clerk’s Stand Sparks Marriage Equality Showdown

A Pennsylvania judge ordered a county clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, which he’s done since shortly after the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June. This week, the county pledged to fight back by appealing the ruling. After the defeat of DOMA, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a suit alleging the unconstitutionality of the state’s same-sex marriage ban, in effect since 1996. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen …

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All Gay Married Couples Entitled to Federal Tax Benefits

Every same-sex couple who is legally married will have access to federal tax benefits, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage. The announcement, made by the IRS and the Treasury Department last week, puts to rest the question of whether federal recognition would apply based on the state of marriage celebration, or the state of residence of the couple in question. The state of celebration has won out, and included under the umbrella are …

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Manning Wants to Change Genders in Prison

Bradley Manning, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Aug. 21 for leaking classified military information, has said he wants to change genders, which could set up further legal challenges to his sentence.   On the Way to Prison Manning’s sentence is reportedly the most severe in U.S. history concerning the leak of classified information. He sent material to the website WikiLeaks in 2010 about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, believing …

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New Jersey Bans Gay Conversion Therapy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law on Monday a bill that prohibits therapists from trying to convince gay teenagers to be straight. The practice of gay conversion therapy has been widely discredited as ineffective and dangerous to youth, criticized for pushing children into depression and even suicide. One legislator referred it as “an insidious form of child abuse.” New Jersey is the second state to pass a ban on the therapy, and will likely be the first with an …

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