Gay and bisexual men were banned from donating blood over concern that HIV could contaminate the blood supply. Vesna Andjic/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Lifts Ban On Blood Donations By Gay And Bisexual Men
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After Supreme Court Decision, What's Next For Gay Rights Groups?
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LGBT Activists Push States To Expand Anti-Discrimination Laws
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In rural North Dakota, where Melanie Hoffert grew up on her family farm, discussing subjects like homosexuality and same-sex marriage is often considered taboo. Courtesy of Beacon Press hide caption

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A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage
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Church Ceremonies Push North Dakota Town To Grapple With Gay Rights
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The small town of Wahpeton, N.D., is one of the places where conversations on same-sex marriage are playing out in schools, churches and families. Maggie Penman/NPR hide caption

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Gay Marriage
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Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation on Saturday. Doug McSchooler/AP hide caption

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Several countries, including Australia, Japan and Great Britain, already encourage blood donations from some gay men. Kevin Curtis/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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FDA Considers Allowing Blood Donations From Some Gay Men
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Counterdemonstrators in favor of LGBT rights wear pink triangles, reminiscent of those homosexuals were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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For Italy's Gay Rights Advocates, It's 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back
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The Colorado Rush, a gay rugby team in Denver, at practice. "I've always thought of myself as ... the rugby player that happens to be gay," says Skyler Meyer. "I never want to be the gay man who happens to play rugby." Luke Runyon/KUNC hide caption

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In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'
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Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group, launched a grass-roots effort to make the Deep South's culture more accepting of gays and lesbians. Brad Clark discusses the group's work in Mississippi. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South
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Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at the Pride Parade and Festival in Portland, Maine, on June 21. Michaud, who is openly gay, is running for governor with the backing of national LGBT groups. Susan Sharon/NPR hide caption

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In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights
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Couples kiss during the Athens gay pride parade last June. Last month, activists organized a "kiss-in" during a church service run by a Greek Orthodox bishop who has threatened to excommunicate politicians supporting same-sex unions. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Invisible' Same-Sex Couples Push For Civil Unions In Greece
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Activists protest Uganda's anti-gay legislation in Nairobi, Kenya, this month. LGBT status has been grounds for asylum in the U.S. since 1994, but winning refugee status can be difficult, particularly for people who are unable to obtain visas to the U.S. before applying. Dai Kurokawa /EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road
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Earlier this month, Hal Faulkner (left), 79, received his new papers from two Marines after having his military status changed to "honorable discharge." Faulkner died Tuesday. Courtesy of Phil Latzman hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Quil Lawrence on the death of Hal Faulkner
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