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Pa. school district scraps controversial anti-gay policy

| Thursday, July 25, 2013
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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania school district has scrapped a controversial policy that said its curriculum would not "promote or encourage" same-sex relationships or orientation.

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NOM co-founder to head U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom

| Thursday, July 25, 2013
Robert George
WASHINGTON -- Robert George, the co-founder and driving force behind the National Organization For Marriage, has been appointed Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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Calif. school district settles discrimination complaint by transgender student

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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The U.S. government said Wednesday it had reached an agreement with a Southern California school district to resolve claims the district discriminated against a transgender student.

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Ore. gay marriage supporters to begin collecting petition signatures

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Organizers of the effort to make same-sex marriage legal in Oregon say they will start collecting petition signatures Friday.

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Mo. Supreme Court to take another look at gay partner’s survivor benefits case

| Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Kelly Glossip (left) and Dennis Engelhard
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision about federal benefits for gay couples has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to take a second look at a pending case.

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Federal judge orders Ohio to recognize terminally ill man’s same-sex marriage

| Monday, July 22, 2013
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur
A federal judge in Ohio on Monday ordered state officials to recognize the marriage of a gay couple that was performed in Maryland on the death certificate of one of the men who is terminally ill, noting that he “is certain to die soon.”

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Dutch filmmakers detained in Russia for ‘spreading homosexual propaganda’

| Monday, July 22, 2013
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MURMANSK, Russia -- Four Dutch filmmakers, including an elected Dutch city official, were arrested and briefly detained in this northern Russian city Sunday on charges of “spreading homosexual propaganda” under the country's new anti-gay laws.

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Charges likely for Satanists who performed ritual at grave of Westboro founder’s mother

| Monday, July 22, 2013
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MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Police in Meridian, Miss., say they plan to file charges against a group of self-described Satanists for performing a same-sex ritual at the grave site of the mother of Westboro Baptist church’s founder Fred Phelps.

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Four men charged in hate crime attack on two men they thought were gay

| Monday, July 22, 2013
Suffolk County PoliceClockwise from top left: Gregory Gilbert, Shane Buckley, Justin Buckley and Nicholas Battaglia are charged with attacking two men while using anti-gay slurs in Suffolk County.
NEW YORK -- Police in Long Island have arrested four men accused of an anti-gay attack over the weekend in which they severely beat two men while using homophobic slurs.

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‘The View’ takes shots at Ken Cuccinelli over support for sodomy law

| Monday, July 22, 2013
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The ladies of ABC's "The View" took their shots at Virgina Attorney General and GOP candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli on Monday for his campaign pledge to reinstate Virginia's “crimes against nature” sodomy law that bans oral and anal sex among all consenting adults.

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