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Hawaii LGBT Couples Seek Equal Access to Fertility Treatment

Hawaii LGBT Couples Seek Equal Access to Fertility Treatment

By Cathy Bussewitz | Apr 10
LGBT couples are pushing legislation requiring insurance companies to cover in vitro fertilization for more couples, including making Hawaii the first state to require the coverage for surrogates, which would help gay couples who must use a surrogate.

Nebraska Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay and Lesbian Foster Parents

Nebraska Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay and Lesbian Foster Parents

By Margery A. Beck | Apr 7
The Nebraska Supreme Court says a former state policy banning same-sex couples from serving as foster parents or adopting wards of the state was akin to hanging a "Whites Only" sign on a hiring-office door.

S.C. Judge Rules Lesbian Couple Had Common Law Marriage for Decades

S.C. Judge Rules Lesbian Couple Had Common Law Marriage for Decades

By Maria Dominguez | Apr 1
After the end of a relationship that lasted almost 40 years, Debra Parks, 62, sued to have her rights recognized by the court. According to Family Court Judge Thomas White, Parks had a common law marriage with her partner.

A Muppet with Autism to be Welcomed on 'Sesame Street'

A Muppet with Autism to be Welcomed on 'Sesame Street'

By Frazier Moore | Mar 20
Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted.

Mommy Blogger Cancels Family Trip to Disney World Over 'Gay Moment' in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Mommy Blogger Cancels Family Trip to Disney World Over 'Gay Moment' in 'Beauty and the Beast'

Mar 17
A mommy blogger from Louisiana reportedly called off her family vacation to Disney World after learning the live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" has, what she calls, an "exclusively gay moment."

Ala. House Passes Bill Protecting Religious Adoption Agencies

Ala. House Passes Bill Protecting Religious Adoption Agencies

By Anthony Izaguirre | Mar 17
Alabama House members voted Thursday to protect faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents, despite strong opposition from a respected lesbian lawmaker who called it an attack against gay people.

Congresswoman Lee Defends Planned Parenthood at Budget Committee Markup

Congresswoman Lee Defends Planned Parenthood at Budget Committee Markup

Mar 17
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a senior member of the House Budget Committee, delivered remarks at today's markup denouncing cuts to Planned Parenthood in Republicans' healthcare plan. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery.

Fla. School Bus Driver Accused of Telling Boy He and His 2 Moms are Going to Hell

Fla. School Bus Driver Accused of Telling Boy He and His 2 Moms are Going to Hell

Mar 14
A 7-year-old boy says a bus driver from the Polk County School District in Florida told him that he and his two mothers are going to hell because of his parents' same-sex marriage.

Transgender Families Press Education Secretary on Rights

Transgender Families Press Education Secretary on Rights

By Maria Danilova | Mar 10
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos watched a transgender girl eat apple sauce and draw and listened to another student's emotional story of feeling marginalized at school, as activists pressed DeVos to make good on her promise to protect all students.

731 People Get Gender Changes on NYC Birth Certificates

731 People Get Gender Changes on NYC Birth Certificates

Mar 10
Health officials have changed the gender listed on 731 birth certificates since January 2015, with applicants ranging in age from 5 to 76 years old, officials said Thursday.

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