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Section One

What LGBT folks get from the health care bill & and what we don't
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'This is a big fucking deal!' - Vice President Joe Biden to President Barack Obama at the signing ceremony for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The drama of actually passing the most sweeping changes to the country's health care system since Medicare was introduced by John F. Kennedy may have oversha
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'We will not go away.'
Awaiting trial, Dan Choi challenges national LGBT leadership by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

When two out Gay U.S. soldiers, Lt. Dan Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo, chained themselves to the White House fence in protest against the military Gay ban known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) last week, they were arrested an
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Pentagon takes charge, revises 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' rules
Pentagon acts while Congress mulls over DADT repeal

by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

On March 25, the Pentagon approved a revised set of rules for the enforcement of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) - the U.S. military's discriminatory policy against open Gay and Lesbian servicemembers - which reflect what Defense
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Tea Party turns ugly
Racism, homophobia, violence over healthcare bill

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Any doubts that the Tea Party movement is about something far more sinister than taxes should have been dispelled by the ugly behavior of tea baggers in the closing days of the healthcare debate.

Members of Congress
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Showdown on new health care law
State Attorney General sues to block, Governor may sue to block him

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The health care drama that consumed the country's political class for the last year has not ended with the historic House vote approving President Obama's health insurance reform on March 21.

Washingto
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N.J. Gay marriage battle back in court
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Advocates for same-sex marriage are taking their case back to the New Jersey Supreme Court. On March 18, Lambda Legal filed a motion with the Garden State's highest court arguing that the state constitution requires granting marriage rights to same-sex couples.

'We are here tod
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Gays protest Romney appearance
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

A dozen Gay people protested an appearance by Mitt Romney at a Mormon bookstore in La Jolla, Calif., on March 22.

They said Romney should apologize for Mormons' having donated '$30 million' to the campaign that led to the passage of Proposition 8, which re-banned same-sex
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Medicaid and Social Security changes urged to help Gay seniors
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

A new report endorsed by mainstream aging groups says Gay senior citizens face disheartening social and financial problems.

The report, prepared by Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE), endorsed by the AARP and the American Society on Aging, says that LGBT senior citize
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One out of four Republicans says Obama is the Antichrist
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new Harris survey finds that 24% of Republicans - nearly one out of four - believe that President Obama is the Antichrist. Seriously.

The poll surveyed 2,230 adults right at the height of the health care reform debate, between March 1 and March 8 this year. The purpose was to co
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Breaking Stories

Georgia Students Protest Decision to Allow Gay Teen at Prom

Barney says White House is 'ducking' DADT repeal

Marine Chief Will Let Straights Decline to Room with Gays

U.S. State Dept. reports on LGBT life in nearly every nation FULL REPORT

Ricky Martin: 'I am a fortunate homosexual man'

'This Is Our Final Push'

Gay Georgia Prom Teen Gets Hero's Welcome in Atlanta

UPDATE: IAHS parent-sponsored prom back on

HRC criticizes Obama & DOJ over today's DADT brief

Anger rises over bill to father of slain Marine

One year of same-sex marriage in Iowa; Des Moines still standing

Secretary of the Army Says He Will Not Pursue 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Discharges

Wisconsin Federal Court Says Transgender People Must Be Allowed Medical Treatment In Prison

Statement from Evan Wolfson on the Anniversary of the Freedom to Marry in Iowa

 

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Section One
International News
International News
by Rex Wockner
SGN Contributing Writer

Portugal same-sex marriage law still on track
Same-sex marriages could start in Portugal in May.

Parliament finalized and passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage on February 11.

The law was sent to President Aníbal Cavaco Silva on March 5.

On March 13, Cava
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National News
National News
U.S. State Dept. reports on LGBT life in nearly every nation

This year's U.S. State Department "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" looked at LGBT life in nearly every nation on the planet and did an excellent job of documenting anti-LGBT abuse across the globe, the Council for Global Equality said March 11.

The council further applauded the
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U.S. Air Force DADT victim Peter Yacobellis speaks out
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

In December of 1998, Peter Yacobellis was discharged from the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy. After serving only a few short weeks in basic training, he came to realize that he could not liv
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Dutch reject U.S. general's 'bizarre private opinion'
Retired general claimed Gay soldiers led to Srebrenica massacre

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Just when you thought the debate over 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) - the U.S. military's discriminatory policy on Gays and Lesbians serving openly in the armed forces - couldn't get any stranger, enter retired fo
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Laurie Jinkins, former Assistant Attorney General, to run for 27th District seat
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On March 20, Laurie Jinkins, deputy director of the Pierce County Public Health Department, longtime Tacoma Community College (TCC) trustee, public school mom, and noted leader for equality and human rights, announced her candidacy for State Representative in Tacoma's 27th Legislative Distric
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Update: Mississippi School district violated Constance McMillen's rights
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Following a March 23 ruling, there will be no school-sanctioned prom for Constance McMillen, a Lesbian student at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, who decided to fight when her school district cancelled her prom because she wanted to attend escorting her girlfriend an
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Dems: Stop taking us for granted
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

The Dolphin Democrats are South Florida's oldest, largest and most successful LGBT political organization. Founded in 1982 by Karl Clark, Tom Bradshaw, Jamie Bloodworth and other activists, the Dolphins have made Broward County the most Gay-friendly county in a still-homophobic state.
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Trial of Malawi couple will resume next month
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Although Steven Monjeza and his Transgender bride Tiwonge Chimbalanga were due to be sentenced on charges of 'gross indecency' on March 22, the Malawian court hearing their case continued the trial till next month.

The two will be allowed to call defense witnesses at that time, thei
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Malcolm X's confessed killer granted parole
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

After being turned down for parole 16 times, Thomas Hagan - also know as Mujahid Halim, the confessed assassin of civil rights leader Malcolm X - is about to be released from Lincoln Correctional Facility in Manhattan.

On March 3, on his 17th appearance before a parole board,
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