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Lambda Legal, on Tuesday, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a 65-year-old gay man seeking spousal survivor’s benefits based on his 43-year relationship with his husband, who died seven months after Arizona began allowing same-sex couples to marry. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Michael Ely in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona argues that SSA’s imposition of a nine-month marriage requirement for social security survivor’s benefits is unconstitutional where same-sex couples were not able to be married for nine months because of discriminatory marriage laws.

 

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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos has proposed an extensive overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual assaults. The changes to Title IX would suppress the voices of survivors of rape and sexual assault and make it easier for their perpetrators to get away with their actions.

 

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A new report released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows a 17 percent increase in reported hate crimes from the previous year in the United States. These statistics highlight the ongoing epidemic of hate violence against marginalized communities, especially those who identify as LGBTQ.

 

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