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Possible Social Security Benefit If DOMA And Prop 8 Overturned

Commentary by Boyce Hinman

It is possible, but far from certain, that Proposition 8 and DOMA will be overturned by the courts. Currently, Proposition 8 prohibits same sex couples from getting marriage licences in California.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibits the federal government from recognizing same sex marriage, or providing federal benefits to same sex couples, even if their marriage is legal in their home state.

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My Sad and Trivial Night with Rock Hudson

By Mark S. King

Perhaps it is the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, and her connection to Rock Hudson, that brings this memory back again. Maybe I want you to know, because I’m still as star-struck and vain as when this happened. Or maybe the memory still brings back fear and melancholy, so repeating it here feels like sharing my favorite ghost story…

Over and over, footage of Rock Hudson standing next to Doris Day was playing on television, and he looked ghastly. His skin was wrinkled and sunken as if by very old age. It was 1985, and it was one of the last close-up images most of us would ever see of the movie icon. And it was terrifying.

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Barney Frank Introduces ENDA in House

Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) and other prominent LGBT allies in Congress have introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) announced at a Capitol Hill news conference.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is supporting the Bill, and has committed itself to working to educate all members of Congress on the importance of ENDA and on the lives of transgender people.

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Apple Dumps "Gay Cure" iPhone App

Truth Wins Out and Change.org praised Apple after the company removed a virulently anti-gay iPhone app launched by Exodus International that promoted "curing" gay people.

The move came after 146,000 people signed a Truth Wins Out petition on Change.org calling on Apple to remove the app from iTunes.

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Legislation for Transgender Californians to Obtain an Updated Birth Certificate Advances

A bill that would alleviate the confusion, anxiety and even danger that transgender people face when they have identity documents that do not reflect who they are, has passed the Assembly Judiciary committee in a 7-5 vote.

Authored by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), sponsored by Equality California and co-sponsored by the Transgender Law Center, the Vital Statistics Modernization Act (AB 433), would streamline current law and clarify that eligible petitioners living or born in California can submit a gender change petition in any jurisdiction in the State of California.

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