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Photo: Mary Jamis, left, and Starr Johnson married in New York after being together for 14 years. Courtesy: Jamis and Johnson

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Tuesday is the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. It's a daunting enough task for anyone, but for the thousands of legally married, same-sex couples in North Carolina, it's that much more complicated. Mary Jamis and her partner of 14 years, Starr Johnson, married in New York ...Read More

PHOTO: Women from around the state are gathering in Helena today and Saturday for the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute. Photo courtesy of Montana Women Vote.

HELENA, Mont. – Today kicks off the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute in Helena. Women from around the state will be discussing equal pay, domestic and sexual violence, LBGTQ concerns and issues in Indian Country. One workshop will offer advice on how Montana women can learn to ne ...Read More

PHOTO: Sexual violence is a growing problem in Indiana; the state leads the nation in numbers of sexual assaults against teens. Photo by: Anita Peppers.

INDIANAPOLIS - More than one woman in five in Indiana is a rape victim, and more than two in five have been sexually assaulted. Despite the alarming numbers, getting help in recovery can be difficult. According to Anita Carpenter, who heads the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, in nearly hal ...Read More

PHOTO: Pennsylvania has no law in place to prevent discrimination against gays, although there are proposals in the Legislature to change that. Photo credit: publicdomainpictures.net.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The decision by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owners' religious beliefs has made headlines from coast to coast. It also exposes that Pennsylvania has no law to protect gays from similar treatmen ...Read More

PHOTO: Georgia state Rep. John Lewis speaks out in support for marriage equality in a campaign that started this week. Photo courtesy of Rep. Lewis

RALEIGH, N.C. - A $1 million campaign began this week to help build support for marriage equality in the South. "Southerners for the Freedom to Marry" is a joint effort of several statewide and regional organizations. A recent poll of registered Southern voters shows support for same-sex marriage i ...Read More

PHOTO: Marriage equality is an issue that, even within the faith community, elicits widely varying views in Indiana. Photo credit: morguefile.com.

INDIANAPOLIS – Arguments of morality and belief are at the forefront of the debate in Indiana over same-sex marriage. The Rev. Melody Merida, chairwoman of the Interfaith Coalition on Non-discrimination, says each religious group has its own interpretation of the Bible, and in her view, the ...Read More

The ACLU has filed a case in federal court in Madison seeking recognition for legal out-of-state marriages for Wisconsin same-sex couples. (Logo provided by ACLU)

MADISON, Wis. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin has filed suit on behalf of four same-sex Wisconsin couples that want their legal out-of-state marriages to be recognized. One of the four plaintiffs is a couple that has been together for 37 years. Larry Dupuis, legal director ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Indiana business leaders say banning same-sex marriage would create an unwelcoming business climate and ultimately hurt the state’s economy. Photo courtesy Freedom Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS - With a ban on same-sex marriage once again on the table at the Statehouse, some Indiana business leaders are speaking out. Cummins, Eli Lilly and Co. and some local chambers of commerce are opposing HJR 3, which would put a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex unions on the ...Read More

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