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Barack Obama: The Federal Government Should Stay Out Of Marriage

The president says gays have a friend in the White House, but that the federal government should stay out of the business of marriage.

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Olbermann On Federal Marriage Suit

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Gay Orgs Don’t Want Federal Lawsuit

A broad coalition of LGBT rights organizations have expressed opposition to the planned federal lawsuit for marriage equality announced yesterday by lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies. From Freedom To Marry: In response to the California Supreme Court decision allowing Prop 8 to stand, four LGBT legal organizations and five other leading national LGBT groups are reminding the LGBT community ...

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Federal Challenge To Prop 8 Announced

Two very well-known lawyers that once fought each other over the Bush-Gore election result have announced that they will join forces to file a federal challenge to yesterday’s California Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8. Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, who represented then-Vice President Al Gore in the contested election, have joined forces to tackle ...

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Lawmakers Demand 2010 Census Count LGBT Couples

Led by openly gay reps Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, and Jared Polis, a coalition of 48 congressional members have sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget demanding the the 2010 census count LGBT couples. Last year, the Bush administration, citing the Defense of Marriage Act which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions, announced that lawfully ...

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Terrorism Expert Wins Transgender Discrimination Case Against Feds

Former Army Special Forces commander Diana Shroer has won a $500K judgement from the federal government because she was denied a Library of Congress job while transitioning her gender. Diane Schroer of Alexandria, Va., applied for the terrorism analyst job while she was still a man named David Schroer. He was offered the job, but the offer was pulled after ...

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Feds To Drop Charges Against Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens

Oh, Alaska. If only this were an April Fool’s joke. The Justice Department plans to drop all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens, the 85-year old Alaska Republican convicted last year of lying on Senate financial disclosure forms to conceal hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and home renovations from a businessman, according to a news report this morning. ...

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FTC Goes After Credit Report Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission has issued the above parody video as part of their just-launched campaign to warn against a certain “free” credit report company with an incredibly annoying TV ad. The Federal Trade Commission is getting hip and cool. Today the federal agency launched a series of silly videos to clear up confusion about which Web site offers truly ...

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Oklahoma House Passes Sovereignty Bill

Spurred by President Obama’s stimulus package, today the Oklahoma House passed a bill declaring the state sovereign from any rule of the federal government not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, the first shot in a growing national movement intended to give states the power to defy federal laws on a broad range of issues from abortion to gun control to ...

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9th Circuit Court Rules Against DOMA

This is MAJOR, people. Via Jen Nedeau at Change.org: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just ordered Federal Health Insurance Benefits for same sex married couples. The case involves Deputy Federal Public Defender Brad Levenson, who married Tony Sears last July 12, and 9th Circuit staff lawyer Karen Golinski, who married Amy Cunninghis last year. The LA Observer reported today ...

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Gays Petition State Dept For Benefits

It will be very interesting to see how Hillary responds to this. Nearly 2,200 government employees involved in foreign policy issues signed a letter delivered to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday calling on the government to give equal benefits to same-sex partners. The Bush administration had eased some rules, opening up some training to same-sex partners, but had ...

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DOJ Approves Gay Employee Group

A fascinating change of policy at the Department Of Justice: Five years after a gay advocacy group was told that it could no longer use the e-mail, bulletin boards and meeting rooms at the Justice Department, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey has reversed that decision and issued a revised equal-employment-opportunity policy barring discrimination against any group. Mukasey informed leaders of ...

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