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Brunei to move forward with harsh law calling for death by stoning for gays

The Great Mosque in Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGWAN, Brunei -- The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, has announced that harsh Islamic punishments that call for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, will come into effect on Thursday despite international condemnation. ...

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Recent upheaval in Ukraine adversely affects country’s LGBT population

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BRUSSELS -- New concerns regarding the safety and welfare of LGBTQ people in Ukraine were raised Monday by members of the European Union's Parliament. ...

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Milwaukee county board adds gender identity to non-discrimination ordinance

Milwaukee, Wis.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The Milwaukee, Wis., county board of supervisors has voted to add gender identity and expression to the county's anti-discrimination ordinance. ...

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Poll: Majority of Colorado voters support marriage equality

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A majority of Colorado voters support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released Monday. ...

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Northern Ireland again rejects efforts to legalize same-sex marriage

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast Source
BELFAST -- The Northern Ireland Assembly on Tuesday rejected a motion to join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalizing same-sex marriage. ...

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Dept. of Ed: Title IX prohibits discrimination against transgender students

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S Department of Education on Tuesday issued guidance clarifying that Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools that receive federal funding, prohibits discrimination against transgender students. ...

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ACLU asks court to halt Fla. ban on recognition of out-of-state gay marriages

Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a motion asking a federal judge to immediately stop the state from enforcing laws banning the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages performed out-of-state. ...

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Tenn. wedding venue changes policy, will now host same-sex ceremonies

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NOLENSVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee wedding venue that told two Iraq war veterans they could not host their commitment ceremony because same-sex marriage is illegal, has changed their policy and will now open their facilities to same-sex couples. ...

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Pakistani man committed brutal murders because he wanted to punish gays

Muhammed Ejaz at a police station in Lahore on Sunday, Apil 27, 2014.
LAHORE, Pakistan -- A Pakistani man has confessed to the brutal murders of three gay men he met online, saying he wanted to send a message about the "evils" of homosexuality. ...

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Pentagon releases ‘human goals’ charter that excludes transgender civilian workers

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Monday released its Human Goals Charter, a document that outlines the guiding principles for the treatment of Department of Defense uniform and civilian workforce that, for the first time, affirms gay and lesbian military ...

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