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Lawmakers Urge Congress To Pass 'Respect for Marriage Act'

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The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, impacted more than 1,100 statutes and regulations, barring same sex couples from the federal benefits enjoyed by heterosexual couples. The region's senators signed onto a letter to the president asking his administration to quickly disband any of the barriers that are keeping same sex couples from receiving equal treatment.

They're also asking the government to treat same sex couples in places like Virginia, where gay marriage is constitutionally banned, the same as in places where it's legal, such as D.C. and Maryland.

The lawmakers are also calling for passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would strike DOMA from the federal books for good. Of the 38 senators who signed the letter to the president, not one was a Republican.

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Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections, has drawn more than 1,000 entries. Its judge, Jimmy Santiago Baca, says it was a poetry book that helped him survive his own prison term.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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Trump And Cruz Campaign At California GOP Convention

The remaining Republican presidential candidates have been making their case at the party's state convention. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains the divisions on display among Republicans.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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