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  • Alaska Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Have Equal Tax Rights

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Same-sex couples in Alaska are equally entitled to the same state property-tax exemptions for senior citizens and disabled veterans as married couples, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

  • Public Hearing Set On Anti-Discrimination Measure

    BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) _ A big public turnout is possible as leaders in Bay County consider a measure to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Anti-Discrimination Ordinance To Be Pulled From Louisiana Council Agenda

    East Baton Rouge, LA (WGMB) -- Members of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council will not debate a controversial plan to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in housing and employment.

  • Anti-Gay Exxon Mobil Says It Will Follow New Anti-Bias Rules

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has said it will comply with the new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, while still sidestepping the question of whether it will formalize that by changing the language of its corporate policy.

  • Apple's Cook Speaks Out On Civil Rights

    Apple CEO Tim Cook (CNN)

    (CNN) -- In an uncharacteristically personal address, Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out about civil rights, saying equality for all is "at the core of my beliefs and values."

  • Australia Sport Pledge to Fight Gay Discrimination

    SYDNEY (AP) — Chief executives of Australia's major sports leagues have signed a commitment to eliminate discrimination against gay people among their teams, players and spectators.

  • Blue Cross Cuts Family Policies for Gay NC Couples

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ North Carolina's largest insurer has cancelled family insurance policies sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on a federal insurance marketplace because of restrictive contract language the company plans to remove next year.

  • Bollywood Actress Jaitly Fights For LGBT Rights

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly said Monday she will not stop fighting for equal rights for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals despite years of character assassination and threats to her life and the lives of her 2-year-old twins.

  • Boy Scouts Open Ranks to Gay Youth on Jan. 1

    The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

  • Bozeman Leaders Back Gay-Rights Protections

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bozeman city leaders have given their initial backing to a measure creating protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

  • California May Remove ‘Man And Woman’ State Law

    SACRAMENTO (AP) – A bill that would strike the traditional definition of marriage from California law was approved by the state Senate on Thursday after the U.S. and state supreme courts allowed same-sex unions to resume last year.

  • Changes Ordered For College Loans For Gay Couples

    (AP) Students in same-sex marriages will be treated the same as their straight married classmates when it comes to federal college loan applications, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday in a shift that reflects this year’s Supreme Court ruling that broadened gay rights.

  • Christie Vetoes Trans Bill

    Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill this week that would have eased the process by which transgender individuals can change the gender markers on their birth certificates.

  • Chrysler, Others Join Effort to Bar Anti-LGBT Discrimination

    Chrysler is joining a business-backed effort to push lawmakers to update Michigan’s anti-discrimination law to prohibit discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Conn. Supreme Court Affirms Pre-Gay Marriage Rights In Landmark Ruling

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s highest court ruled Wednesday that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state’s approvals of civil unions in 2005 and same-sex marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country.

  • Conn. Woman’s Complaint Seeks Benefits for Wife

    A Connecticut physical therapist has filed a sex discrimination complaint against the West Hartford senior living center where she works, saying she is being illegally denied health benefits for her wife.

  • Constitutional Amendment to Bar Discrimination Against Gays Draws Criticism

    CONCORD (AP) - A proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation divided gay activists Wednesday because it does not cover transgender individuals.

  • Corbett Commended for Backing Anti-Discrimination Bill

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that he would be willing to sign legislation to outlaw discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation or gender identity, but he was unprepared to say what he will do, if anything, to try to dislodge such bills that have thus far languished in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

  • Corporations Step Up For LGBT Rights in Florida

    Eighteen major corporations — including Marriot, Wells Fargo, Disney and Winn-Dixie — are taking a stand in the fight for LGBT equality in the corporate sector in Florida. Providing protection in the form of anti-discrimination laws for LGBT employees, they’re the newest amongst major corporations nationwide who’ve taken public action in the fight for LGBT equality in the workplace.

  • Court Asked To Halt Joint Taxes From Gay Couples

    A state judge has been asked to put an immediate halt to Missouri's acceptance of joint tax returns from gay couples who got married legally in other states.