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 2 yrs | Pentagon to study ending ban on transgender people

              U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has formed a working group to study over the next six months the possibility of allowing transgender persons to serve openly in the military. "The working group will start with the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified," Carter says. Service members who come out as transgender before the working group finalizes its study will be referred to Under Secretary Brad Carson, who will then decide on whether that person should be discharged. [statement attached]   

  United States        19 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Boy Scouts of America unanimously votes to end gay leadership ban

              Boy Scouts of America's executive committee has unanimously voted to end its gay leadership ban. "This resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting’s longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders," a statement released by the organization said. "The National Executive Board will meet to ratify this resolution on Monday, July 27." [statement attached]   

  Irving, TX        19 UPDATES


 2 yrs | U.S. makes available federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples nationwide

              The U.S. Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs are making available their federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples nationwide after last month's Supreme Court ruling that fully legalized gay marriage. "I am proud to announce that the critical programs for veterans and elderly and disabled Americans, which previously could not give effect to the marriages of couples living in states that did not recognize those marriages, will now provide federal recognition for all marriages nationwide," says U.S. Attorney General Lynch. [full statement attached]   

  United States        19 UPDATES



 2 yrs | Episcopal Church overwhelmingly approves religious weddings for gay couples

              The Episcopal Church has voted overwhelmingly to amend Canon I.18 in order to allow clergy to perform religious weddings for same-sex couples. The proposal passed 173-27 in the House of Deputies, while six members abstained. Canon I.18 previously defined marriage as a "physical and spiritual union of a man and a woman." The new rules allow clergy to decline to perform the ceremonies if they oppose same-sex marriage.   

  United States        19 UPDATES




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Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School on lockdown

Mary Rose Keadjuk: Missing woman found dead after 27 years

Suicide bomber attacks U.S. embassy in Montenegro



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