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Bill would give ‘honorable’ discharges to service members kicked out under DADT

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Thursday introduced legislation to correct the records of service members discharged from the U.S. military solely due to their sexual orientation prior to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, to reflect honorable service and reinstate benefits they would have earned.

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Hawaii judge rejects lawmaker’s attempt to overturn marriage equality law

| Friday, January 31, 2014
GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to have Hawaii's marriage equality law overturned.
HONOLULU -- A state judge in Hawaii has thrown out a lawmaker's challenge to the state's new marriage equality law, declaring that the law that took effect in December is constitutional.

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Ind. governor wants lawmakers to send gay marriage ban to voters this year

| Friday, January 31, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Mike Pence is asking Indiana lawmakers to send a proposed state constitutional ban on gay marriage to voters this year.

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Gay rights group seeks repeal of Kan. same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. — The leading gay rights advocacy group in Kansas is asking legislators to repeal a state law and a provision in the state constitution that both ban same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge says suit challenging W.Va. gay marriage ban can proceed

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge says most of a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage can proceed.

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Barneys highlights lives of transgender models in spring ad campaign

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Courtesy: Barney's New York
NEW YORK -- Barneys New York, an American retail chain of luxury department stores, has partnered with the National Center for Transgender Equality and the New York LGBT Community Center to feature the lives and stories of 17 transgender models and their family members as part of its Spring advertising campaign.

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Ind. Senate leader places gay marriage amendment in committee he chairs

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
David Long
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate's leader is placing the proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage with a committee he controls for vetting.

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Va. House panel kills bill banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND -- A Virginia House of Delegates committee killed off proposed legislation Thursday that would have banned controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy for LGBT youth.

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S.D. lawmakers say bill to protect clergy from gay weddings is unnecessary

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ernie Otten
PIERRE, S.D. -- A measure that sought to protect clergy members who refuse to take part in same-sex marriages was rejected Thursday by a South Dakota legislative committee after opponents said the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom already gives those church leaders the protections.

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Russian newspaper fined for violating country’s anti-gay propaganda law

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Alexander Yermoshkin
MOSCOW — A Russian newspaper has become the first media organization to be fined under the country's anti-gay propaganda law after it profiled an openly gay teacher.

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