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Business group pushed Tennessee to pass anti-gay bill

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, whose members include Nissan, AT&T, FedEx, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield and others, actively supported the measure.

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Extremist Westboro Church foiled in Mississippi

When members of the far-right Westboro Baptist Church showed up in Brandon, Miss., April 16 to protest the funeral of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, local residents banded together.

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Gay and straight teens less likely to commit suicide in liberal areas

A break-through study involved 32,000 Oregon high school student.

Missouri groups fight anti-equality bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - "The Republicans want to undermine and turn back the clock on equal rights," state Rep. Karla May told activists and reporters as they packed into a state Capitol hearing room.

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Illinois legalizes civil unions

With a landmark bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Monday, same-sex couples will, for the first time in Illinois history, share many of the legal protections that are now granted to married couples.

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A tale of two struggles

The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the close vote on the DREAM Act are milestones in the continuing struggle to expand democracy and equality in America.

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Civil unions OK’d in “heart of heartland” Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - "Exhaustimicated!" that's what Equality Illinois' Rick Garcia told Chicago-based Windy City Times, after this week's historic two-day vote in the Illinois state legislature in favor of same-sex civil unions.

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GOP blocks jobless aid, vows to kill all Dem-backed bills

Millions of Americans are almost certain to lose their unemployment checks this month after Congress failed to extend benefits by the Nov. 30 deadline.

Congress urged to pass paycheck fairness, equality bills

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights released a list of six priority bills Congress should enact before recessing for Thanksgiving.

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CHEERS to early voters

CHEERS because lots of Americans are already voting, and JEERS to bullies who harass gay students.

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