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Labor Department to release final rule on FMLA Wednesday

The Department of Labor announced today, it will release the final rule changing extending the current definition of “spouse” to same-sex couples in the Family and Medical Leave Act, effective March 27.

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Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth top Texas cities in HRC Municipal Equality Index

Austin, Dallas and Ft. Worth scored the highest among otherwise low rankings for Texas cities with pro-LGBT policies, according Human Rights Campaign third annual Municipal Equality Index.

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U.S. Customs taking broader view of families than most other agencies

U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent a rule to the Federal Register to broaden the definition of “members of a family residing in one household.” The expansion includes long-term same-sex couples and other domestic relationships which would allow more returning U.S. citizens, residents and international visitors who may file a joint customs declaration for items acquired abroad.

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Same-sex marriage breaks color barrier

Jet, the 51-year-old lifestyle magazine targeting the African-American community has long featured a weddings section called Jet Love, and in the Dec. 10 print edition, it features for the first time a gay couple, as reported by The Advocate. Among the photos of tuxedo-and-gown-clad duos shoving cake in each others’ faces and tossing bouquets is the happy (and handsome) couple of Ravi Perry and and Paris Prince, who were wed in Worcester, Mass.

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Conservative Jews angry that same-sex couples are equal — to each other

In June, the Conservative Jewish movement approved same-sex weddings. Now that the ceremonies are commonly being performed in Conservative synagogues, heterosexual couples are complaining — that same-sex marriages are more equal than opposite sex marriages, according to the NY Post.

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Hours after being vetoed in N.J., same-sex marriage advances in Maryland

LISA KEEN  |  Keen News Service The Maryland House of Delegates passed a marriage equality bill Friday evening with a bare minimum of 71 votes to 67. But it did so under the threat of a referendum, and it did … Continue reading

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BE MY VALENTINE  |  Paula Blackmon, right, chief of staff for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, accepts a bag containing more than 400 Valentine’s Day cards addressed to Rawlings from Daniel Cates, left, North Texas regional coordinator for GetEQUAL. Cates delivered the … Continue reading

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WATCH: Activists across Texas stage marriage equality demonstrations on Valentine’s Day

Three activists were arrested in Austin, and Mayor Annise Parker declared Freedom to Marry Day in Houston.

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Valentine’s Day spotlight: Longtime local gay couple shares secrets to lasting love

Mark Hefner, left, and Gregory Motsch will celebrate their 25th anniversary on Oct. 31, 2012.

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Dallas County Clerk John Warren says he won’t issue any same-sex marriage licenses tomorrow

In Friday’s Voice we mentioned that same-sex couples will be requesting marriage licenses at the Dallas County Clerk’s Office on Tuesday in a Valentine’s Day demonstration organized by GetEQUAL TX and other groups

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