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First Out Vt. State Supreme Court Justice Sworn In

Beth Robinson was sworn in on Monday as the first out member of the Vermont state Supreme Court. Robinson was one of the lawyers who represented three couples in a case that prompted the state legislature to pass a civil unions law. Robinson later joined Vermont Freedom to Marry.

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November 29, 2011

Equality Maine and GLAD to Run TV Ads Supporting Marriage Equality

In June, Equality Maine and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) produced videos for their joint website, called Why Marriage Matters Maine, in support of marriage equality. Now, these organizations have a new and exciting opportunity to reach a wider audience than ever before through airing one of the videos as an ad on television.

Historic Day in Mass: Gov. Patrick Signs Transgender Equal Rights Bill

After passing in both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature last week, today Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed the historic Transgender Equal Rights Bill. The law will take effect on July 1, 2012, at which time the state's approximately 33,000 transgender residents will have vital protections against discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit and hate crimes law.

Christ Chapel Celebrates 30 Years of HIV/AIDS Ministry

Thirty years ago Christ Chapel opened its doors to do ministry and provide services to people who were suffering from HIV and AIDS. Christ Chapel opened in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when the disease was not well understood. Christ Chapel will be celebrating 30 years of ministry with a gala on December 3.

Giving Thanks for Pullen Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC

As we gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving to give thanks GLAAD asks you to remember those LGBT-supportive faith communities who are doing the work of justice in the world. This week the Raleigh News Observer brought us a story this week of Pullen Baptist Church. The church voted unanimously to discontinue performing legal weddings in the church building until all couples are able to have their marriages recognized by the state of North Carolina.

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