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Transcript of gay/lesbian rights
Mathew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Prevention Act The act is the first federal law to extend legal protections to transgender persons. Don't Ask, Don't Tell "Don't ask, don't tell" prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but requires discharge of those who acknowledge being gay or are discovered engaging in homosexual activity, even in the privacy of their own homes off base.
13, 000 Troops discharged because of DADT. Prop 8 Proposition 8 (or the California Marriage Protection Act) was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008, state elections. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Does not recognize same sex marriages in the state of California l
HRC (hUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN) Campaigns for equal rights for all Gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Same-Sex Marriage is a legally or
socially recognized marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or social gender. New Hampshire, Iowa, Massachuettes, Vermont,
Connecticut, and the District of Colombia are the only
states where gays can marry and be recognized and
receive state level benefits. 31 states have put same-sex marriage on the ballot, but none have passed. Barack Obama is opposed to same-sex marriage, although
he "supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT
couples.", a full repeal of DOMA, and called Prop 8"unnecessary".