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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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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

Verizon's purchase of Yahoo will close the book on one of the oldest Internet companies. What happened to the other famous 90s brands, like GeoCities, Netscape and CompuServe? A nerdy remembrance.

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