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Advocates praise the new Justice Department standards, though questions remain about separate rules for immigration detention, to be finalized by the Department of Homeland Security.
Colorado's latest attempt to pass a civil unions bill died Tuesday evening in what the Denver Post called "a late-night game of political chicken" between Republican Speaker Frank McNulty and House Democrats.
As the North Carolina legislature moved last fall to put a brutal antigay amendment on the May 8 primary ballot, Rep. Brad Miller, a Democrat representing parts of Raleigh and Greensboro, decided not only to speak out against the damaging measure, but also concluded that it was time to step up and support a congressional bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Reporters are wondering how to interpret the way the White House has reacted to the vice president's comments on Sunday.
"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," Biden said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press.
"If it passes, it won't change North Carolina's law on marriage," President Clinton said in a new robocall message. "What it will change is North Carolina's ability to keep good businesses, attract new jobs, and attract and keep talented entrepreneurs."