Leelah Alcorn memorial Transgender teen Leelah Alcorn’s death stirs action in U.S. and beyond
Although many details about her life and tragic end are still unclear, Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender teen from Ohio, has become, within days of her death Dec. 28, the new face of a growing movement of people hungering for acceptance.

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Some California judges with ties to Boy Scouts question ban

Ted Ribey with the Clerk of District Court's office in Yellowstone County attaches a seal to the wedding license of Jill Houk and Randi Paul, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Billings, Mont. At least 5 other clerks in the county are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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Marriage News Watch: January 26, 2015

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Easy chemistry between James Franco, Zachary Quinto in ‘I am Michael’

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Judge issues 14-day stay of order striking down Alabama gay marriage ban

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‘Snooki’ becomes ordained minister so she can officiate gay pals’ wedding

Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
USA
Couple behind Alabama same-sex marriage challenge to refile adoption paperwork

Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.)
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First 24 hours of new Maryland governor’s tenure ‘not good’ for LGBT community

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France fines Twitter users for sending tweets advocating anti-gay violence

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Okla. career anti-gay lawmaker introduces three bills targeting LGBT community

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard with their daughter Esther and son Micah.
USA
Tennessee school turns away prospective students because parents are gay

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Federal government spends $432K studying effects of gay hook-up apps

Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, third from right, observes a moment of prayer as religious groups rally on Jan. 13 to support him following his termination in Atlanta.
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Former Atlanta fire chief files religious discrimination complaint against city

In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Michael O'Hara, a retired Fulton County firefighter and current Coweta County paramedic attends a rally to support former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran following his termination in Atlanta. Even as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether gay couples can marry, lawmakers in the South and West are doubling down on the culture wars, backing longshot legislation targeting gay rights.
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GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights ahead of Supreme Court marriage ruling

Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
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Ala. AG seeks to stay order to block same-sex marriages until Supreme Court rules

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California bars judges from joining Boy Scouts due to anti-gay discrimination

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
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Mich. governor hopes to revive legislation prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination

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Federal judge strikes down Alabama same‑sex marriage ban

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Nebraska wants lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban put on hold

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LGBTQ Life
Gay twins whose coming out video went viral, appear with dad on Ellen

Bakery owner Marjorie Silva stands for a photo inside her own Azucar Bakery, in Denver. Silva is facing a discrimination complaint with Colorado’s Civil Rights Division because she refused to write hateful words about gays on a cake for a customer.
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Dispute over Bible cake with gay slurs raises charge of religious discrimination

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Ben Carson: Congress should oust judges who rule for marriage equality

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Starkville, Miss., aldermen: No insurance coverage for same-sex partners

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Nebraska lawmakers introduce bills to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination

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Newsmakers
Governor Andrew Cuomo urges civil rights law for transgender New Yorkers

Colorado state capitol in Denver.
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Colo. won’t clarify civil unions law until Supreme Court issues marriage ruling

Patsy Keever
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N.C. Democratic Party chair candidate under fire for transgender insult

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Mississippi Supreme Court hears arguments over same-sex divorce

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
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Michigan governor urges debate on protecting gays from discrimination

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
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State of the Union: Obama says fight for marriage equality is ‘a story of freedom’

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Georgia asks judge halt gay marriage challenge until Supreme Court rules

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Judge puts N.D. same-sex marriage case on hold for Supreme Court ruling

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Fired transgender Connecticut police officer sues for discrimination

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Anderson Cooper responds to pastor’s ‘gay agenda’ critique

Todd Delmay, right, and his spouse Jeff Delmay hug after they were married by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Miami.
Newsmakers
Florida newlyweds, plaintiffs in gay marriage case to attend State of the Union

Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
USA
Virginia Senate committee kills housing bill, defers workplace protections bill

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World
United Kingdom’s first same-sex pagan wedding held in Scotland

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Billy Crystal hopes TV shows don’t shove gay sex scenes ‘in our face’

West Virginia state capitol in Charleston.
USA
West Virginia lawmakers again advocate for non-discrimination bill

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Ky. bill targets transgender students by restricting facilities to biological sex

Bishop James Johnston
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Springfield, Mo., bishop objects to Catholic hospital’s same-sex benefits

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Va. lawmakers introduce LGBT workplace protections bills for public employees

Dr. Rachel Levine
USA
Pennsylvania governor-elect names transgender woman as Physician General

Carolyn Burgess, left, and Ally Logan kiss at the Clerk of Court's desk as they get their marriage license at the Missoula County Courthouse Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Missoula, Mont.
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Marriage News Watch: January 19, 2015

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LGBTQ Life
British actor, comedian Stephen Fry marries partner

Daniel and Scott Wall-DeSousa show off their new driver's licenses.
USA
Fla. couple whose driver’s licenses were cancelled prevail, but won’t drop lawsuit

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More than 3200 same-sex couples marry in Oklahoma, spike seen along Texas border

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Arrest made in March 2014 attack on same-sex couple in Atlanta

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Dallas billboard company says ‘repulsive’ conversion therapy ad coming down

The cast of Empire (from left): Trai Byers, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, and Bryshere Gray.
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Lee Daniels says he wants to expose homophobia in Fox’s ‘Empire’ storyline

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo speaks at the University of Notre Dame in 1984.
Views & Voices
Mario Cuomo’s lesson on challenging the political authority of the Church

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World
Ireland health minister comes out as gay, is country’s first out government figure

Fernando Urias  (left) and Victor Manuel Aguirre, marry in Mexicali on Saturday, January 17, 2015.
World
Mexicali officials finally allow same-sex couple to marry, ending 18-month fight

Bryan Oliver
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Bullied, gay teen will get 27 years in prison in plea deal for school shooting

A performer competes during a vogue ball in Baltimore, where the city's health department hosts the annual event as part of an HIV outreach and education effort.
LGBTQ Life
Fighting the spread of HIV by posing on the dance floor

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‘Glee’ introduces transgender storyline in groundbreaking episode

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Alaska asks court to delay gay marriage appeal until Supreme Court ruling

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ISIS militants hurl two men from top of a tower block for being gay

Boy Scouts (from  left): Joshua Kusterer, Nach Mitschke and Wyatt Mitschke salute as they recite the pledge of allegiance during the “Save Our Scouts” prayer vigil and rally on Feb. 6, 2013, outside the Boy Scouts of America National Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, in opposition to openly gay scouts.
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Boy Scouts membership falls 7 percent last year, continuing decade-long decline

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Nebraska woman convicted in hate crime hoax a no-show for jail

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in April

Protestors hold a poster reading " Kiss me I'm cute" during an protest in support of gay kissing, in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.
World
Thousands protest lesbian couple’s ejection from Vienna cafe for kissing

Azuvar Bakery in Denver, Colo.
USA
Bakery gets discrimination complaint over refusal to write anti-gay messages on cake