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Court rules lesbian widow must receive survivor’s benefits

A federal court has determined that a lesbian widow is entitled to her late spouse’s benefits partly on the basis that Illinois civil union law is sufficient for federal purposes — a view that differs from the Obama administration’s interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.

Washington Blade
July 30, 2013

Ecuador shocked by inhumane practices at gay conversion clinics

Ecuadorean activists protest against homophobia and sexual discrimination in Quito on May 17, 2005. The country of 15.8 million people has at least 80 unlicensed drug and alcohol rehab clinics, many that are also used for anti-gay conversion therapy, Health Minister Carina Vance, who is openly gay, said, adding that the country is cracking down on such practices.

France 24
July 29, 2013


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