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Dear Cambridge, MA…This ROCKS!

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This is wonderful!

In Massachusetts, some same-sex couples have to pay a federal income tax that heterosexual married couples aren't subject to, but the city of Cambridge is doing something about it!

Public workers in Cambridge who put same-sex spouses on employer-provided health plans have been forced to pay an unfair tax on the coverage that can cost them $1,500 to $3,000 a year, but the city is going to pay these workers a stipend to offset the tax!

Here's what a city councilor for Cambridge had to say about it:

"Two people who do the exact same job should be paid exactly the same for what they are doing at work."

More from another city councilor:

"This is a city that models what equality really means."

Thank you, Cambridge! Yet another fantastic step in the right direction!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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Hawaii Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions!

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Another massive step in the right direction!

Neil Abercrombie, the governor Hawaii, made history yesterday when he approved a measure to legalize same-sex civil unions in the state - the seventh state in the country to do so and the first bill signing of his career!

He explains:

"For me, this bill represents equal rights for everyone in Hawaii — everyone who comes here. This is, to me, the essence of the aloha spirit."

Rep. Blake Oshiro elaborates:

"I think it's amazing that we've joined a small, but ever-growing group of states that are recognizing equality. I'm proud that we've taken that major step forward."

Although it's not marriage, the new law allows same-sex couples the legal status with all of the rights and benefits of one!

Equality Hawaii's co-chairman, Alan Spector, says:

"Civil unions are not marriage, but they at least provide — on a state level — the concrete, tangible, legal rights and responsibilities of marriage. We still don't have the social significance and the social meaning of marriage … but getting us to civil unions — psychologically and legally — is such a major barrier to cross."

Exactly! We think Lady GaGa says it best: You're on the right track, baby!

Congratulations, Hawaii! Your residents should be very proud!

Equality for ALL!

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Zach Wahls Talks About His Iowa Speech On Ellen

We love this guy!

Zach Wahls, the inspirational 19-year-old college student who delivered a powerful speech on behalf of same-sex marriage to Iowa's House of Representatives before they approved a constitutional ammendment to ban it, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a personal thank you on her behalf.

He talks with Ellen about his experience preparing, giving, and the reaction to his AMAZING speech on behalf of equality for every Iowa citizen!

We hope Zach gets up to the podium again sometime soon because he is a fantastic speaker with a heart of gold!

This man is our hero and we hope his words affected others as much as they affected us.

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You MUST Watch This!!!!

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Zach Wahls is SO awesome! We are very impressed.

Check out the video (above) of 19-year-old Zach Wahls, a child of a same-sex couple, speaking up for same-sex marriage during a three hour debate at the Iowa house.

We were VERY disappointed to hear that the house ended up voting to approve a resolution that proposes a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, but we were incredibly impressed with Zach!

SO brave and well spoken at only 19-years-old! America needs more young people like him to speak up!

You are an inspiration to us all, Zach.

Thank you!

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Boo! No Same-Sex Couple To Be Featured On DWTS!

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This is seriously disappointing!

Since things didn't work out with Ellen's wife Portia de Rossi, ABC and Dancing With The Stars have decided NOT to feature a same-sex couple on the show.

Here's what an ABC insider had to say about it:

"If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal. She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program's conservative viewers."

Since she has passed though, producers have decided to "not rush into creating a same-sex dancing couple just to get attention and publicity."

Wow. Is that seriously the way in which they're looking at it? We are very, very disappointed.

Here's what a Hollywood casting director had to say about it:

"With all the debate going on about Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the country, this would have been the perfect time to do this. Yet, the show has never been about pushing the envelope. It's a huge hit because it doesn't make anyone uncomfortable."

YES! This would have absolutely been the perfect time to do this!!!!

Did we mention we're disappointed???

What do U think about this cowardly announcement by ABC and Dancing With The Stars?

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Ellen DeGeneres Thinks Having Same-Sex Dance Partners On DWTS Is Weird!

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Really? We couldn't disagree more! We think it would be great!

When Kelly Osbourne visited Ellen DeGeneres on her show today, the ladies got to talking about Dancing With The Stars integrating same-sex couples into the show. Kelly thought it was a fabulous idea, but Ellen shockingly had reservations. She said:

“I think it’s weird. It’s not a romantic thing. It’s an art form and in dancing it doesn’t matter. We are just so used to seeing a man and woman dancing together.”

She later clarified that she thought it would be "great" if it did happen, but couldn't say if Portia will be the one taking the dancing plunge. She admitted:

“I don’t know if she is going to do it or not. She won’t tell me. We’ll find out.”

We hope she does! Maybe it will dispel some of the weirdness.

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Carrie Ann Inaba & Portia De Rossi Are Game For Same Sex Couple On DWTS

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And Portia De Rossi would consider being one of the partners!

There's a lot of talk of adding a same-sex dancing couple on Dancing With The Stars next year and buzz is that producers want Portia to be the celebrity. However, there is some skepticism on whether or not the show will actually go through it.

If one of the show's judges have her then they will! Carrie Ann Inaba told sources she thought it would be a great idea and supports the campaign to make it happen on the show. She explained:

"I would love it. I fully support that and I think America is ready for that. Our country is much more accepting of same sex couples and it would be great for the show to reflect that."

Then, this morning, Ryan Seacrest had Portia on his show to talk about her new book, but the conversation segwayed into DWTS and if she would want to do it. He assumed she would pass on the offer, but to his surprise, Portia said she'd be thrilled! She told Ryan:

"I'm not going to pass! Let me think about it. used to be a ballet dancer. It's not completely a pass. You never know!"

Wow! We know we'd love to see it happen!

It's in your hands now, ABC! What's it going to be?!

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