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LGBTQ Plight Highlighted During National Adoption Month

Family Equality Council has announced its 2014 “Allies for Adoption” Campaign to coincide with National Adoption Month in November. The initiative will draw attention to the obstacles LGBTQ people confront when trying to secure legal ties for their families. In the majority of states across the country, LGBTQ people encounter barriers when trying to adopt […]

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LA Times: Houston mayor says daughter was denied driver’s test because she has two moms

The daughter of Houston Mayor Annise Parker was briefly denied the chance to take a driving test this week because her birth certificate and other documentation indicated she has two mothers, the mayor said. … “Instances like this, especially when they happen to people as prominent and important to our country as Mayor Parker and […]

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Washington Blade: McAuliffe: Gay adoption now legal in Va.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday announced gay couples can now adopt in Virginia. The McAuliffe administration noted the legalization of same-sex marriage in the commonwealth on Monday in a bulletin to the Virginia Department of Social Services. “Now that same-sex marriage in Virginia is officially legal, we owe it to all Virginians to ensure that […]

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LA Times: West Virginia to stop challenging same-sex marriage

Article by James Queally West Virginia’s attorney general said Thursday he will seek to end all litigation surrounding the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, effectively clearing a path for gay and lesbian couples to get married there. … “The American people clearly want equality to prevail, and the attorney general is making sure that’s what happens,” Gabriel […]

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GABRIEL BLAU: FAMILY ADVOCATE AND FAMILY MAN

By Clay Wirestone Gabriel Blau is the executive director of the Family Equality Council, a national organization devoted to advocating for LGBT parents and their families. At the same time, he and his husband are raising their 6½-year-old son. In his opinion, it’s not easy to do balance work and home life, but it’s important. The […]

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The Advocate: Gabriel Blau Is a Dad Fighting for All Dads

In 2014, Gabriel was named one of The Advocate’s 40 Under 40 along with such luminaries as Janet Mock, Ellen Page, Mary Lambert, Nate Silver, Tyler Oakley, Frank Mugisha, Zack Ford, Kimberley McLeod. See all 40 here. Blau, 34, is one of the leading voices in reclaiming the word “family” from the right wing, which […]

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Bill proposed in Congress to reinforce discrimination in adoption services

Earlier this week Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) proposed legislation in the Senate and House that would allow child welfare services and adoption agencies to discriminate on the basis of religious beliefs. The bill proposes “To prohibit governmental entities from discriminating or taking an adverse action against a child welfare service provider on […]

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New ‘religious freedom’ adoption bill criticized as being anti-LGBT

  New legislation introduced in both the House and Senate was criticized on Monday by national LGBT groups as a means to allow discrimination against same-sex couples seeking to adopt children. The bill, known as the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, was introduced last week by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Sen. Mike […]

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Obama Signs ENDA Workplace Protection Order

Presidential remarks from the East Room at the White House Monday morning kept the media on its feet concerning the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Although a little late to the party, President Obama quickly proceeded to the business at hand. “Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming. You organized, […]

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UJA Holds Its First LGBTQ Conference

“I’ve turned gray waiting for UJA to make this conference,” said Shelly Weiss, a longtime LGBTQ activist. She was referring to UJA-Federation of New York’s first-ever conference focused on the Jewish gay, lesbian, transgender and queer community, which took place last month at the charity’s headquarters on East 59th Street. … Gabriel Blau, executive director […]