Remarks by President Obama at the DNC LGBT Gala in New York

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As released by the White House. Gotham Hall New York, New York 7:36 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Edith, Robbie, thanks for the wonderfully brief introduction.  (Laughter.)  I mean that sincerely.  The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a great day for America, a clear victory for human decency […]

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Band-Aids Over Bullet Holes: America’s Gun Problem

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Article and Photograph by Jacob Ladue As I write this article I hear helicopters circling overhead searching for a lone gunman in my neighborhood, on a manhunt from police. This week has saddened (no… saddened is not strong enough, infuriated) me, not just because of the horrible tragedies in Seattle, Wisconsin, and Oregon, but because […]

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Maya Angelou: Saying Goodbye to a Civil Rights Legend

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On Wednesday, one of America’s leading civil rights activists, Maya Angelou, passed away at age 86. Angelou, famous for her poems, activism and memoirs, died in her home after suffering heart problems, according to her agent. Angelou’s famous memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, talked about her childhood – from being abandoned by her parents, […]

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Eye on the South: Marriage Equality Campaign Expands

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With marriage cases quickly progressing through the courts across the country, Freedom to Marry announced plans to expand its campaign to bring marriage to loving, gay couples in the South. Earlier this year, the group formed Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, a public education effort that includes grassroots organizing, paid advertising, and digital strategy. […]

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Judge Rules Pennsylvania Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled Tuesday in Whitewood v. Wolf that Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Jones is the 14th federal judge in recent months to rule against marriage discrimination. With the announcement of Pennsylvania’s ruling, all Northeast states have now legalized same-sex marriage. Jones was appointed to the bench by President […]

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May 22: Harvey Milk Stamp Dedication at the White House

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By Gautam Raghavan This Thursday, May 22, the White House Office of Public Engagement, the United States Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation will host a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House. The event will feature remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy […]

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Nintendo Urged to Allow Same-Sex Coupling in Games

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Although gay marriage is becoming legal in many countries, it’s still not allowed in some virtual worlds. Gamer Tye Marini, 23, was denied by Nintendo when he created a social media campaign to try and get the company to allow their virtual players to have gay marriage on the new game Tomodachi Life. A Nintendo representative told […]

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UN Releases Bollywood Music Video for Gay Rights

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Wednesday launched the first ever Bollywood-style UN music video at a press conference in Mumbai to promote its Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The two-and-a-half minute video, called The Welcome, stars actress and former Miss India Celina Jaitly. Jaitly, who was last year nominated by […]

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