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Gay partners in Rhode Island granted right to make funeral arrangements

Yesterday lawmakers and members of the General Assembly in the state of Rhode Island overrode a veto by Governor Carcieri and passed into law legislation that allows domestic partners the right to make funeral arrangements for their deceased partners.

Human Rights Campaign sends letter condemning CBS Late Show with David Letterman skit, asks for apology

In a skit during Letterman’s opening monologue last night, the host announced Simpson’s historic appointment and revealed that she is transgender, displaying a photograph of her. The show’s announcer, Alan Kalter, then feigned “trans panic,” implying he had some prior relationship with Simpson but was not aware of her gender history, and ran yelling from the stage.

Hearing on Federal Prop. 8 challenge to take place today

Attorneys for two couples who wish to be married but cannot because of Prop. 8 will argue today at a hearing in favor of allowing cameras in the courtroom during the federal trial on the unconstitutionality of the initiative. The trial is set to begin January 11.

State board accuses Octomom's doctor of negligence

The Medical Board of California has accused a Beverly Hills fertility doctor of a pattern of gross negligence that led to the birth of Nadya Suleman's 14 children, including the world's longest-surviving octuplets, and created a "stockpile" of unused frozen embryos which serve "no clinical purpose."

Lesbian mother seeks public's help to locate missing child

Janet Jenkins is appealing to the public for help in locating her daughter, Isabella Miller-Jenkins. Jenkins' former partner Lisa Miller defied a court order requiring she transfer custody to Jenkins on January 1. Lisa and Isabella's whereabouts are unknown.