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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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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.
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To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low, while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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