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Atkins: Transgender in the military OK’d — with a hitch

December 12, 2017
Kimberly Atkins | Boston Herald
The Pentagon decision to allow recruitment is also the latest break by Mattis from Trump on the issue. In August, after weeks of uncertainly following Trump’s tweet, Mattis announced that transgender troops would be allowed to continue serving pending a department study.
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Supreme Court hears why baker refused to make a wedding cake for gay couple

December 6, 2017
Pete Williams | NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided Tuesday in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple's wedding reception.
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Top General’s View of Transgender Troops Is at Odds With Trump’s

September 27, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military’s top uniformed officer said Tuesday that transgender service members who meet the “physical and mental standards” required by the military should be allowed to serve, a position that appeared to put him at odds with President Donald Trump.
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Edith Windsor, who fought to overturn DOMA, dies at 88

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June 28, 2013
“I lived with and loved Thea Spyer for more than four decades in love and joy.”
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Donald Trump’s transgender military ban challenged by civil-liberties lawsuits

August 29, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
Civil-liberties groups on Monday filed two lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members serving in the military, arguing that the prohibitions are unconstitutional.
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Military transgender ban to begin within 6 months, memo says

August 24, 2017
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
President Trump is preparing to give the Defense Department formal authority to expel transgender people from the military in an upcoming order, barring the Pentagon from recruiting transgender troops and cutting off payment for sexual reassignment surgery and other medical treatments for those already serving.
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