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A Look at State Anti-Bullying Laws

A look at laws passed or updated by state legislatures in the year since the death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi.

Associated Press
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September 29, 2011
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NOM Targets Ros-Lehtinen For Supporting Repeal of DOMA

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) this week asked supporters to donate to a campaign targeting U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who recently announced her support for the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill aiming to repeal the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act."

The American Independent
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September 29, 2011
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Obama Talks Immigration and DOMA at Roundtable

President Obama said the courts represent the best path for bringing the Defense of Marriage Act to end in response to a question on what he’s doing to help bi-national same-sex couples stay together in the United States.

Washington Blade
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September 28, 2011
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Walmart Adds Transgender Protections

tWalmart has passed provisions in its employee non-discrimination policy to protect transgender employees reports the Windy City Times. Phillip Keene, a company spoke person, told the publication that the changes went into effect "several weeks ago" and

Huffington Post
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September 28, 2011
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Bill Proposed in Nigeria That Would Criminalize Marriage Equality

Box Turtle Bulletin reports that the bill would criminalize same-gender marriage — already illegal in Africa's most populous country — as well as impose criminal penalties against any individual who "witnesses, abets and aids the solemnization of a same gender marriage contract.”

The Advocate
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September 29, 2011
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Mini Marriage Plays Delayed

The New York debut of a collection of nine short plays that all deal with gay marriage by playwrights including Neil LaBute, Doug Wright, Paul Rudnick and Moises Kaufman has been delayed.

Associated Press
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September 29, 2011
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Ugandan LGBT Advocate Given Rafto Prize

The Rafto Foundation, a Norwegian human rights and democracy advocacy organization, announced today that they are awarding the 2011 Rafto Prize to Sexual Minorities Uganda and the group’s Executive Director, Frank Mugisha. According to the Rafto Foundation's press release.The Prize is awarded to SMUG for its work to make fundamental human rights apply to everyone, and to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Box Turtle Bulletin
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September 29, 2011
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Washington School District OKs Gay-Straight Alliance

The Kennewick School District School Board in Kennewick, Washington has reversed a previous decision that had prohibited a Gay Straight Alliance from forming. Now, all clubs at the school will have equal access to resources. Board members claimed that they never had specific concerns about the GSA, but one of the students in the GSA remarked, “I never believed it was NOT about the GSA.

ThinkProgress » LGBT
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September 29, 2011
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Jack Reed Hints at Support of DOMA Repeal

Senator Jack Reed's office has suggested he will co-sponsor a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that forbids federal recognition of the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

On Top Magazine
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September 29, 2011
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