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Uganda debates anti-homosexuality bill; vote in parliament possible this week

Monday, May 9, 2011
A Ugandan parliament committee on Monday held a second day of hearings on an anti-homosexuality bill that attracted worldwide condemnation for its harsh penalties, which include a death penalty provision. [ Read more → ]
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Iris Blumenthal: One mom’s simple Mother’s Day wish for her gay son

Sunday, May 8, 2011
Iris Blumenthal, a mother from Syosset, Long Island, has a touching and simple wish for her son this Mother's Day. [ Read more → ]
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Zach Wahls wishes his moms, and all moms, a Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8, 2011
Zach Wahls wishes his moms, and all moms, a very Happy Mother's Day. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay marriage group kicks off statewide bus tour in New York

Sunday, May 8, 2011
New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation kicked-off their "Mayday For Marriage Tour” in Elmira, N.Y. on Saturday, the first of many stops in a statewide bus tour to preach that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. [ Read more → ]
Richard Laird

Execution on hold for man convicted of torture, killing of gay man

Saturday, May 7, 2011
The scheduled execution of a Pennsylvania man, who was twice-convicted in the torture and murder of a gay man, has been put on hold. [ Read more → ]
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Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment headed to full Senate for vote

Saturday, May 7, 2011
A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota is on its way to the Senate floor, after Republicans in the Senate Rules Committee on Friday approved the measure by a voice vote. [ Read more → ]
Molly Wei

Molly Wei, defendant in Tyler Clementi suicide case, strikes plea deal

Saturday, May 7, 2011
Molly Wei, one of two former Rutgers University students accused of spying on Tyler Clementi with a webcam just days before he committed suicide, has struck a plea deal to avoid jail time on the condition she testifies against her co-defendant in the case. [ Read more → ]
Peter Vidmar

Prop 8 supporter Vidmar resigns as Olympic liaison over anti-gay position

Friday, May 6, 2011
Peter Vidmar, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics and devout Mormon, stepped down Friday as the chief of mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the wake of growing criticism of his public opposition to gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Catholic adoption agencies threaten to turn away gay couples

Friday, May 6, 2011
One of the largest adoption and foster care services in Illinois has threatened to drop those services if it is forced to place children with gay and lesbian couples, a move that could affect thousands of children. [ Read more → ]
hawaii

Hawaii Governor signs transgender workplace protections bill into law

Friday, May 6, 2011
Hawaii's Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Thursday signed into law House Bill 546, a bill that prohibits workplace discrimination against transgender people. [ Read more → ]
Josh Vandiver (left) and Henry Velandia

Federal immigration judge halts deportation case of same-sex spouse

Friday, May 6, 2011
A federal immigration judge on Friday halted the deportation of Henry Velandia, a Venezuelan native who married U.S. citizen Josh Vandiver in Connecticut last year. [ Read more → ]
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Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ‘Don’t put bigotry up for a vote’

Friday, May 6, 2011
Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate have introduced bills in both chambers that would seek voter approval amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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FCKH8.com takes aim at Tennessee’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ at school law

Friday, May 6, 2011
In this new video campaign, FCKH8.com takes aim at the Tennessee legislature, which is considering a controversial bill -- dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill -- that would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. [ Read more → ]
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Pennsylvania lawmaker introduces anti-gay marriage amendment

Friday, May 6, 2011
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a bill that would amend the state Constitution to define marriage as "the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife." [ Read more → ]
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Landmark ruling: Brazil’s high court votes to recognize same-sex unions

Friday, May 6, 2011
Brazil's Federal Supreme Court on Thursday voted to recognize same-sex unions in a landmark case for gay rights in a country with the world's largest population of Roman Catholics. [ Read more → ]
Kamala Harris

California AG tells Court that Prop 8 supporters do not have ‘standing’ to appeal

Thursday, May 5, 2011
California Attorney General Kamala Harris submitted a brief to the state's Supreme Court earlier this week, arguing that state law does not allow the supporters of Proposition 8 -- the 2008 voter approved ban on gay marriage -- the right to defend the measures in court. [ Read more → ]
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Manhattan, KS commissioners vote to repeal anti-discrimination ordinance

Thursday, May 5, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- City Commissioners this week voted to repeal a controversial ordinance that added sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination policy. [ Read more → ]
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Blake Shelton catches heat for Twitter post suggesting anti-gay violence

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Blake Shelton, Country Male Vocalist of the Year and a judge on "The Voice," came under fire from GLAAD and LGBT advocates and allies on Thursday today a homophobic Twitter post about beating up another man for touching him. [ Read more → ]
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Bill Clinton announces support for New York marriage equality

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Former President Bill Clinton, who in 1996 signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, has announced his support for marriage equality, joining the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York state. [ Read more → ]
ricky-martin

Ricky Martin talks about his struggle with the ‘evil’ of being gay

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Ricky Martin, appearing on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Tuesday, spoke candidly about his struggle to come out as gay because he thought homosexuality was "evil." [ Read more → ]
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The New York Times blasts Prop 8 supporters for claiming judge was biased

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The New York Times published a blistering editorial on Tuesday, criticizing the supporters of California’s Proposition 8 — the voter approved ban on gay marriage that was later declared unconstitutional — for seeking to have the ruling voided because the federal judge that presided over the case is gay and was in a long-term relationship. [ Read more → ]
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Gay couple, together 61 years, still yearn for the right to marry

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A new video released by Freedom to Marry tells the story of Richard Dorr, 84, and John Mace, 91, who recently celebrated 61 years together as a couple. The couple desperately wants to marry in their home state of New York. [ Read more → ]
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Rhode Island lawmakers introduce civil unions bill in state House

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Rhode Island lawmakers introduced legislation on Tuesday in the state House that would allow for same-sex civil unions, one week after the openly gay House Speaker conceded there was not enough support to pass a marriage equality bill. [ Read more → ]
Vonte Fuller

Another South Carolina man reports he was attacked for being gay

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A Spartanburg, S.C. gay man said he was attacked in a local sports bar early Sunday morning by several men who dumped a pitcher of beer on him, and proceeded to use anti-gay slurs while beating him with a broken beer bottle. [ Read more → ]
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Google Chrome commercial showcases ‘It Gets Better’ project (Video)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
An amazing new commercial for Google's Chrome web browser aired during Tuesday night's episode of "Glee" on FOX, and showcased the "It Gets Better" project. [ Read more → ]
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