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Mich. Senate Passes So-Called "License to Bully" Bill, Lawmaker Slams Vote

The Michigan state Senate on Wednesday passed a bullying bill that was amended to exclude the provisions including reporting requirements and enumeration, or listing, of protected classes. In addition, the legislation provides an exception which allows bullying based on “moral convictions.” Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) delivered an impassioned speech rebuking the Republicans for “explicitly outlining how to get away with bullying.”

ThinkProgress » LGBT
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November 3, 2011
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Senate Committee Considers DOMA Repeal Bill

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its formal consideration of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation introduced earlier this year that would repeal the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act."

Poliglot
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November 3, 2011
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FRC Attacks Conan on Marriage

In an email to members last night, the Family Research Council attacked Conan O'Brien for planning to officiate a wedding for a same-sex couple on his late night comedy show.

Right Wing Watch
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November 3, 2011
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Dr. Jill Biden to Speak at LGBT Event

Dr. Jill Biden, lifelong educator and Second Lady of the United States, will attend the 2011 PFLAG National Convention. She will speak to hundreds of PFLAG members from across the country.

The Seattle Lesbian
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November 3, 2011
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Mo Baxley Leaves New Hampshire Freedom to Marry

Mo Baxley of New Hampshire Freedom to Marry on Wednesday announced her resignation from the organization. Baxley cited insufficient funding as the reason for her resignation and said, “I am incredibly proud of the success we have had over the past six years and of New Hampshire’s status as the only state to pass equality entirely legislatively."

Associated Press
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November 3, 2011
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Equality Ohio Addresses Videotaped Beating of Gay Student

"Ohio must have the courage to confront bullying," said Ed Mullen, the executive director of Equality Ohio. "Until our state's laws and school policies specifically address this problem, bullying will continue unabated and schools will remain unsafe."

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Gaga & Mom Launch Anti-Bullying Foundation

Said Gaga of the Born This Way Foundation: "Together we hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment."
CNN.com
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November 2, 2011
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California State Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani Comes Out as a Lesbian

During an interview on Tuesday, California State Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani came out as a lesbian. She is now one of eight openly gay California state lawmakers.

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