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AJ Mast, APIndiana state Rep. Eric Turner speaks during debate on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

Ind. House approves amended version of proposed same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana House has voted in favor of an altered proposal that would ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution, while leaving the door open for civil unions and employee benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
APConner Mertens

Willamette kicker is first active college football player to come out as LGBT

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- Williamette University freshman kicker Conner Mertens has come out as bisexual, becoming the first active college football player to come out as LGBT. [ Read more → ]

Ky. town to draft anti-discrimination ordinance despite mayor’s objection

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
DANVILLE, Ky. — An ordinance that would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation is being drafted in Danville, Ky. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality supporters, opponents plan dueling rallies at Utah capitol

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are planning twin rallies at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday evening. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.)

Va. governor rejects call to appoint prosecutor to defend gay marriage ban

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday rejected a request from dozens of Republican lawmakers asking him to appoint a special prosecutor to defend the state’s same sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
APGay rights activists hold placards during a protest against a Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality.

India Supreme Court refuses to review verdict that criminalizes homosexuality

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
NEW DELHI - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to reconsider its controversial decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalizes homosexuality. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex marriage ban poised for second vote in Ind. House

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana House is poised to take up an altered proposal that would ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution, while leaving the door open for civil unions and employee benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Kan. House panel hears testimony on bill allowing discrimination against gays

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Opponents of same-sex marriage urged Kansas legislators Tuesday to approve new legal protections for bakeries, photographers and others who refuse for religious reasons to supply goods or services for same-sex ceremonies, anticipating that federal courts could soon strike down the state's ban on such unions. [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)Audience members participate in a same sex wedding during a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Conservatives lash out at ‘sick,’ ‘despicable,’ ‘disgusting’ Grammys

Monday, January 27, 2014
Anti-gay commentators were none too pleased with last night’s performance of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” at the Grammy Awards, which included a ceremony where thirty-four couples — including same-sex couples — were married. Unsurprisingly, many claimed that the show was evil and mean to anti-gay activists. [ Read more → ]

If equality for same-sex couples harms your straight marriage, it’s your own fault

Monday, January 27, 2014
For years, in thousands of same-sex marriage debates which I have participated, those opposing marriage equality have claimed that if it was made legal, harm would be done to opposite sex marriages. There was nothing about their argument that seemed the least bit logical, so I fought back vehemently with all the rational thought I could muster against, what to me, was a purely irrational concept. I missed something. I should have seen it. It parallels another argument anti-gays have made for years, long before the marriage equality issue was even on the table... [ Read more → ]
Competing ads: Stonewall UK's message (top) that "some people are gay;" Core Issues Trust's ad (below) that some people are "ex-gay" and proud.

London ban on anti-gay bus ad put in doubt by court of appeal ruling

Monday, January 27, 2014
LONDON -- A ban on a Christian charity's bus advertisements suggesting that gay people can “cured” was put in doubt on Monday by a court of appeal judgment. [ Read more → ]

Ind. House strikes ‘second sentence’ from proposed gay marriage ban

Monday, January 27, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex couples in Indiana might eventually be able to enter into civil unions, but not marriages, under changes the House pushed Monday that could effectively delay a constitutional ban on same sex-weddings. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen

Hearing scheduled for Thursday in challenge to Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, January 27, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- A federal judge in Virginia will hear oral arguments on Thursday in one of two lawsuits challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Good-Luck-Charlie 2 moms

Disney Channel debuts its first openly gay characters: ‘Taylor has two moms’

Monday, January 27, 2014
Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie" broke new ground on Sunday with the inclusion of a lesbian couple, the cable network's first openly gay characters in a series. [ Read more → ]
CeCe McDonald

State of the Transgender Union: Time for collective action toward racial justice

Monday, January 27, 2014
In this year’s State of the Union Address to Congress, President Obama is expected to acknowledge and focus on the inequality that is seemingly growing once again in the United States. As the President has been thinking about inequality among the 300 million people who live in the U.S., I wonder if he has thought about transgender people and the inequality we face—the disrespect, the discrimination, the violence, and other inequalities that affect us on an everyday basis... [ Read more → ]
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich

Leader of anti-gay Russian vigilante group back in Russia and under arrest

Monday, January 27, 2014
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia,” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth to abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, is back on Russian soil Monday and in custody after being deported by Cuban authorities. [ Read more → ]
Yoweri Museveni

Uganda president won’t sign anti-gay law without proof gays are not born that way

Monday, January 27, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Friday he would sign the country's controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill only on the condition that he receives scientific proof that gays are made and not born. [ Read more → ]
Nam Y. Huh, AP (File)Rose O'Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell coming back to ‘The View’ — at least for a day

Monday, January 27, 2014
NEW YORK — Proving nothing is impossible in the world of daytime television, Rosie O'Donnell is coming back to "The View," at least for a day. [ Read more → ]

Northern Cyprus becomes last in Europe to decriminalize homosexuality

Monday, January 27, 2014
Northern Cyprus has voted to repeal a colonial era ban prohibiting gay sex, a move that makes Europe the third continent in the world with no laws criminalizing homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Anatoly Pakhomov

Mayor of Olympics host Sochi: We have no homosexuals in our city

Monday, January 27, 2014
The mayor of the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, soon to play host to the Winter Olympics, says there are no gay people in his city. [ Read more → ]

Ind. House split on gay marriage ban, backers ‘guardedly optimistic’

Monday, January 27, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — A poll of the 100 members of the Indiana House shows 38 plan to vote for a proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and 38 plan to vote against it, a newspaper report said Sunday. [ Read more → ]

Ivory Coast: Mob attacks gay rights group office

Monday, January 27, 2014
ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire -- An angry mob "ransacked" the headquarters of Ivory Coast's most prominent gay rights organization, an official said Monday, following days of anti-gay protests in a country generally seen as moderate on the issue. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins Kwaku Alston for Sports Illustrated

Jason Collins, Boston bomb survivors among guests at State of the Union

Monday, January 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins will be among the guests to sit with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)

Wedding fever at the Grammys: Couples say ‘I do’ to song ‘Same Love’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- Couples exchanged rings in the aisle at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their gay rights anthem "Same Love." [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore accept the award for best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominate

Sunday, January 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might shop at thrift shops, but they now have a ton of Grammy gold. The rap duo won four Grammy Awards so far Sunday, including best new artist and rap album for "The Heist," beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake. [ Read more → ]
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