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John Conyers, Jr.

Democrats offer bill to guarantee LGBT civil rights

WASHINGTON After 35 years as a couple, Dava Weinstein and Dorothy Calvani, 66, traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2011 and got married. When they returned to New York City, Weinstein, 69, wanted to add Calvani's name to her apartment lease as a same-sex spouse. State law allows tenants in rent-controlled apartments to add a spouse to the lease without incurring a rent increase. But after they both signed the lease renewal and provided a copy of their marriage certificate, their landlord said, "'Nothing doing,'" Weinstein recalled. "And I wrote back with a copy of the regulations from New York state saying we're protected and he still said, 'Nothing...