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Catholic Church fires music director over plans to marry same-sex partner

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Colin Collette, left, and Will Nifong, in Rome where the couple got engaged.
INVERNESS, Ill. -- The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner. Colin Collette says his partner proposed to him last week in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. After leading the music on Sunday ...

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When did the arguments against same-sex marriage become so silly?

Via: SLATE | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The inanity continues full-throttle, because gay marriage opponents have backed themselves into the corner they’ve always dreaded. The result is the current tailspin of idiocy, a shifting argument with rootless standards roaming from rationale to rationale in a desperate attempt to find shelter from the storm of progress swirling around it...

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Arrest made in murder, burning of Fla. transgender woman

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Terry Lynn Brady
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Police in Fort Myers have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a transgender woman whose body was found dumped behind a garbage bin last month. Terry Lynn Brady, 45, has been charged with killing 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez,

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HRC hires state leaders to promote LGBT equality in Mississippi, Alabama

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign has announced the hiring of two more state leaders as part of its Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality in three deeply conservative southern states. Rob Hill, a former clergyman, will lead the HRC's efforts in Mississippi, and Ashley Jackson, co-founder of the Mississippi Safe Schools ...

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California sees its first openly gay governor, if only for a few hours

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Toni Atkins is sworn in as 69th Assembly Speaker by former Assembly Speaker, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.,  on May 12, 2014.
California will see its first-ever openly gay governor on Wednesday as out Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins fills in, briefly, while other state officials are traveling outside of California. The state this week is cycling through four Democratic governors as official after official leaves for scheduled travel. Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission in Mexico...

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Ky. poll finds opposition to same-sex marriage lowest in 10 years

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Opposition to same-sex marriage in Kentucky has hit its lowest level since 2004 when voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Results from the latest Bluegrass Poll, released Tuesday, find that 50 percent of registered voters in Kentucky oppose same-sex marriage, while 37 percent favor it and ...

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Ore. couple sues cab company, driver for being ditched on interstate

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A lesbian couple who were left on the side of a freeway last summer by taxi cab driver who disliked the couple’s display of affection, has filed a lawsuit against the driver and his former employer. In a suit filed last week, Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll say cab driver Ahmed Egal intentionally caused them emotional distress and held ...

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Mich. lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mich. state lawmaker Adam F. Zemke
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan lawmakers may soon consider whether to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. Legislation was introduced last week by state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) that would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of ...

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Fla. man stabbed while having sex with another man in Tallahassee cemetery

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Devante L. Johnson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man he was having sex with in a Tallahassee cemetery. Police say Devante L. Johnson, 18, met with the victim at the cemetery around 11 p.m. on June 24th when the stabbing occurred.

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Kendra Johnson
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality...

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