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Gay rights activist suing Russian actor for saying gays should be burned alive

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ivan Okhlobystin
A gay rights activist is suing popular Russian celebrity Ivan Okhlobystin, demanding an apology and monetary compensation over a speech in which the former priest said gays should be burned alive. [...]

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Flying solo: 92-year-old transgender widow fights for survivor benefits

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Robina Asti
NEW YORK -- Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration after her husband’s death is asking the agency to reverse the decision. [...]

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Transgender candidate to challenge openly gay Md. state senator

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Dana Beyer (left) and Richard Madaleno
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A transgender candidate has announced she will run against an openly gay state senator in Montgomery County, Md., in the Democratic primary. [...]

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British lawmakers defeat proposal to ban HIV+ immigrants from entering UK

Thursday, January 30, 2014
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LONDON -- An proposal by a group of conservative British lawmakers to ban HIV and Hepatitis B positive immigrants from entering the United Kingdom, was shot down Thursday in the House of Commons. [...]

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Maine supreme court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine on June 12, 2013.
PORTLAND, Maine -- School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind. [...]

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Ohio Statehouse hosted 23 weddings last year, but is off limits to gay ceremonies

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
For gay and lesbian couples hoping to hold wedding ceremonies surrounded by the limestone columns and marble staircases of the Ohio Statehouse, it’s a grand location that’s totally off-limits. [...]

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Complaint: Catholic school rescinded job offer after learning applicant was gay

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Matthew Barrett
BOSTON — A Boston man says in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that a Roman Catholic school rescinded a job offer after finding out he was married to another man. [...]

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Leaders of Anglican Communion speak out against anti-LGBT violence, laws

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York (left) and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, spiritual heads of the worldwide Anglican Communion, have called upon Church leaders and the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda to support and care for all people “regardless of sexual orientation.” [...]

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Ind. marriage equality advocates prepare for battle in state Senate

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Charlie Nye, APOpponents of HJR-3 celebrate outside the Indiana House of Representatives as the 52-43 vote striking the second sentence from the proposed constitutional amendment on marriage was announced during second reading in the House in Indianapolis on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gay rights activists slugging it out over a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage are turning their focus to the Indiana Senate as the legislative battle enters its second round of the 2014 session. [...]

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Sochi organizers back-track on free speech rights of athletes

Thursday, January 30, 2014
David J. Phillip, AP
SOCHI, Russia -- A day after the head of the Sochi organizing committee appeared to contradict International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on the rights of Olympic athletes to freely express themselves at news conferences, organizers issued a back-pedaling statement Thursday "to clarify" their position. [...]

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