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THE FRENCH like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deeply conservative streak in sometimes violent protests, while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.

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Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled a violation of the principle of equal protection as guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment. One consequence of the ruling is that federal benefits such as the ability of a U.S. citizen to file for his or her spouse’s Lawful Permanent Residency (the “green card”) must now be granted to binational same-sex couples.

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‘Queer’ Subtext Is Not to Be Found To the Editor: In “Dark Victory as Metaphor of the Closet” (July-Aug. issue), Nathan Smith opines that Bette Davis’ film gives…More

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IT WAS two years ago that I wrote a piece for this page asking, “Will Same-Sex Binational Couples Get Justice?” With the 5-to-4 decision in Windsor v. United States on June 26, the Supreme Court answered my question with a re- sounding “yes.” Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled a violation of the principle of equal protection.

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… The ACA is expected to have many unpredictable effects within the healthcare system, especially for those affected by hiv/aids. The ACA is also poised to impose new insurance criteria for those receiving treatments through the Ryan White Care Act (rwca). …

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Editor’s Note: The sudden, shocking death by suicide of 26-year-old Aaron Swartz, programming genius and free speech activist, provoked a huge Internet backlash when it was learned that he was being aggressively pursued by a Massachusetts prosecutor for the alleged crime of downloading scholarly articles from the database GSTOR. The case raises all kinds of issues of prosecutorial overreach, antiquated laws governing cyberspace, and so on. But there’s also a curious twist in that Aaron Swartz was apparently gay or bi-or, rather, not …

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HAILED as a watershed in the GLBT rights movement, last November’s election produced some results that could have a profound impact on the advancement of GLBT equality. Here are five take-aways from an election …

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