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Ohio judge unintentionally approves same-sex couple’s divorce

| Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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ATHENS, Ohio — An Ohio judge said he was unaware that both parties in a divorce case were women when he signed a judgement last week granting their divorce. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Athens County Common Pleas Judge George McCarthy approved the divorce on Nov. 25, but said he was unaware the petitioners were of the same sex.

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Mich. House lawmakers adjourn hearing without voting on anti-LGBT bias bill

| Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Michigan state capitol in Lansing.
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan lawmakers have adjourned a historic legislative hearing without voting on a measure that would update the state's anti-discrimination law to include protections for LGBT citizens.

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Michael Sam hints he’s not on an NFL roster because he’s openly gay

| Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Michael Sam hints that he believes he's not on a NFL roster because of the fact he's openly gay.

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Arizona pastor predicts ‘AIDS-free world by Christmas’ if all ‘homos’ are killed

| Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Steven Anderson
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A pastor in Tempe, Ariz. said Sunday that if humanity wants to have an “AIDS-free world by Christmas,” then gays should be put to death as God has ordered in the scriptures.

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Labor Department announces final rule for LGBT workplace executive order

| Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the final rule for prohibiting discrimination against transgender federal employees and LGBT employees of federal contractors.

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Tenth Circuit denies Kansas’ request for full court hearing on marriage ruling

| Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday denied a request by the state of Kansas for an en banc hearing on a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban. An an en banc hearing is when a case is heard before all the judges of a court.

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Miami-Dade County adds gender identity to human rights ordinance

| Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Miami, Fla.
MIAMI -- The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday voted to amend its existing Human Rights Ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. The county is the latest of more than two dozen Florida municipalities to enact such a measure.

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D.C. Council approves bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

| Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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The D.C. Council has approved a bill to prohibit LGBT youth from undergoing gay-to-straight conversion therapy.

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FDA advisers mull changes to lifetime ban on gay blood donors

| Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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Health advisers have concerns about lifting a nationwide ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, despite growing pressure from gay rights advocates, medical experts and blood banks.

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Uganda lawmaker: Foreigners adopting kids ‘to train them on gay practices’

| Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Rebecca Kadaga
The Speaker of Uganda's Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, is warning clergy members that gay foreigners were adopting Ugandan children "to train them on gay practices."

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