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Third Circuit denies Pa. clerk’s bid for en banc hearing to fight gay marriage case

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk's latest effort to overturn a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Monday denied a request by Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court Clerk for ...

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Princeton Review updates list of 20 most LGBT friendly, unfriendly colleges

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Stanford University
The Princeton Review on Monday released its annual list of “The Best 379 Colleges,” ranking Stanford University in California as the most LGBT-friendly college in the nation. The annual survey asked 130,000 students at 379 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences at them. Students were asked 80 questions about ...

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Eureka Springs, Ark., hosts first ‘mass gay wedding reception in Bible Belt’

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Just-married
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -- The city of Eureka Springs hosted the first “mass gay wedding reception in the Bible Belt” on Saturday, welcoming hundreds of guests from across the region to celebrate the more than 500 same-sex couples married in Arkansas in May after a state judge invalidated the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Okla. same-sex marriage decision to be appealed to Supreme Court

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Oklahoma
TULSA, Okla. -- The federal appeals court decision that upheld a district court ruling striking down Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban will be one of at least three same-sex marriage rulings appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal group representing the Tulsa County court clerk, told The Oklahoman on Friday...

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OSCE Ambassador Daniel Baer marries partner in Vienna

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Daniel Baer and Brian Walsh
Daniel Baer, the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), married his partner Brian Walsh in Vienna, Austria on Saturday. Baer is the seventh openly LGBT person appointed by President Barack Obama and the first to a multilateral institution.

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Utah Pride Center opens counseling, wellness clinic in Salt Lake City

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Pride Center is expanding its services for the LGBT community and has opened a new counseling and wellness clinic in Salt Lake City. Joshua Bravo, one of three licensed clinical social workers at the center said it's a goal "to find a safe space for our clients to be themselves..."

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Vietnam’s LGBT community celebrates pride, softening attitudes toward gays

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Participants in Vientam's third ever pride parade cycle through the streets of Hanoi on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
HANOI, Vietnam -- The streets of Hanoi were awash with rainbow flags on Sunday as an estimated 300 gay rights advocates celebrated the nation's largest gay pride event to date. AFP reports that members of Vietnam's LGBT community cycled and danced through the capital urging an end to discrimination against the LGBT community in a country where ...

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GOP lawmakers introduce ‘license to discriminate’ bill for adoption agencies

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
gay-dads
WASHINGTON -- Two Republican lawmakers have introduced new legislation aimed at allowing adoption and foster-care agencies to deny services based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions, but critics charge the bill would simply enable agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples.

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Gay bar in rural Missouri hell bent on beating the odds

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Norma Jean's owner, Jamie Gore poses with "Marilyn."
French Village, Mo., is a unique setting for a gay bar. The hour drive down Interstate 55 from St. Louis is a scenic trek – exiting on Highway Y, one must pass through the pastoral green and farmland along the hill-crowned blacktop to the entrance of Goose Creek Lake to reach their destination. Norma Jean’s opened its doors on Friday, July 18, 2014. It was a labor of love...

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Opponents of Houston LGBT ordinance may fall short of qualifying for ballot

| Saturday, August 2, 2014
Opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance deliver boxes to the City Secretary containing thousands of signature calling for a ballot referendum.
Houston city officials say they will announce Monday whether opponents of the city's new LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance have obtained enough valid petition signatures to force a ballot referendum aimed at repealing the measure. But already, City Attorney David Feldman is hinting that many of the petitions submitted don't meet legal...

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