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Gay in NYC, gay in AZ

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Two minor victories:

New York City has decided to recognize same-sex partnerships that have been recognized elsewhere. For example, if a gay couple gets married in the Netherlands and then moves to NYC, they're immediately considered registered NYC domestic partners, without having to go through NYC's standard 1-year waiting period. Perhaps not a gigantic step forward, but a nice symbolic statement.

In other gay news, turns out Arizona prisons have a rule "prohibiting people of the same sex from kissing during inmate visits." This is theoretically to protect the inmates from other inmates finding out their orientation, but some inmates don't want to be thus "protected," and filed suit. A district court apparently upheld the prison's rule, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now said the lower court must reconsider.

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