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Prominent N.Y. same-sex marriage opponent’s son backs issue

The son of a New York lawmaker who vehemently opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples on Wednesday announced he now supports nuptials for gays and lesbians. “My decision, which comes after years of thought and reflection on the issue, is informed by the experiences I have had with close friends, family and loved ones,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., said in a statement. The New York City Democrat cited his gay chief-of-staff Paul Del Duca, his partner and his lesbian niece, Erica Diaz, in his statement. He also noted the passage of New York’s same-sex marriage law in 2011.
The Washington Blade
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March 28, 2013

TIME Covers Marriage Equality; Features GLAAD Couple

The newest issue of TIME magazine features split-run covers with two committed same-sex couples sharing a kiss with the headline "Gay marriage already won. The Supreme Court hasn't made up its mind – but America has." The newsstand edition will be split between a male couple and a female couple, Sarah Kate and Kristen Ellis-Henderson, with whom GLAAD has worked closely.

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March 28, 2013

CDC encourages people to quit smoking with LGBT-inclusive campaign

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Smoking and Health has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging people to quit smoking, and the campaign includes members of the LGBT community.
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GLAAD and Calliope Wong call for trans-inclusive admissions process at Smith College

After Smith College refused to consider her application for the second time, Calliope Wong, a high school senior and trans woman, is calling for a change in the college's admissions practices, and GLAAD is working to bring her story to broader attention.

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In Fight for Marriage Rights, ‘She’s Our Thurgood Marshall’

Most Americans have never heard of Mary Bonauto. But inside the tightknit world of gay legal advocacy, Ms. Bonauto is a quiet celebrity — a lawyer and mother of twins who some say is almost single-handedly responsible for the same-sex marriage cases now pending before the Supreme Court.

The New York Times
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March 28, 2013
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March 28, 2013

Catholic Parents Accept Gay Son Despite Priest's Anti-LGBT Stance, Leave Church

Parents Toni and Tom Weaver told the story of their son's coming out to WBEZ, and explained why their church's reaction has prompted both of them to leave.

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