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Mich. lawmakers postpone vote on bills allowing ‘moral’ disapproval of adoption

| Wednesday, September 11, 2013
AP (File)
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors adjourned Wednesday without voting on two bills currently before the committee which would allow adoption agencies the ability to deny an adoption placement based on that agency's moral or religious beliefs.

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Fierstein plots return to Broadway with play about cross-dressing men

| Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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NEW YORK — Fresh off his success with "Kinky Boots," Harvey Fierstein will be offering his first play in almost 30 years — and there's plenty of kink.

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UPDATE: Suspect in alleged hate crime against Denver gay man turns himself in

| Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Tilo Sandoval
Denver Police said via Twitter just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening that Tilo Sandoval, identified as the suspect in last week's brutal beating of a gay man, had turned himself in to police.

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AFL-CIO adds protections for transgender workers to its constitution

| Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, amended its constitution Monday to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.

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LGBT advocacy group hopes to bring ‘equality’ license plates to Va.

| Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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RICHMOND, Va. -- A statewide LGBT advocacy group is working to being an "equality" license plate to Virginia in support of LGBT rights.

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Cleveland police arrest 13-year-old in alleged hate crime at gay bar

| Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police in Cleveland, Ohio, have arrested a 13-year-old teen in connection with a second possible hate crime in less than a week at a local gay bar.

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Russian LGBT journalist threatens to ‘out’ closeted, anti-gay politicians

| Tuesday, September 10, 2013
FacebookElena Kostyuchenko (center), under arrest at an unauthorized Pride Rally in Moscow in May 2013.
MOSCOW -- A prominent Russian lesbian activist and journalist has announced her intent to out any closeted politician who votes in favor of new anti-gay legislation that would deny gay parents custody over their children.

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Grant County becomes 8th N.M. county to issue same-sex marriage licenses

| Monday, September 9, 2013
Silver City Sun-NewsJoshua Reeves and Kyle Meredith, together 35 years, are among the couples applying for their marriage license at the Grant County Clerk's Office Monday, Sept. 9.
SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Four same-sex couples were waiting at the County Clerk's office in Silver City, N.M., on Monday to be the first to obtain their marriage licenses when Grant County became the eighth New Mexico county to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

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Judge rejects motion by Catholic school that fired transgender teacher

| Monday, September 9, 2013
Marla Krolikowski
NEW YORK -- A judge in New York on Monday refused to dismiss a complaint by a former teacher at a Catholic school was fired after notifying school officials that he was transitioning from male to female.

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Border wars: Minneapolis mayor brings gay marriage pitch to Wisconsin

| Monday, September 9, 2013
Gary Porter, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak unveils posters of a new ad campaign on Monday encouraging Wisconsin same-sex couples to come to Minneapolis to Marry.
MADISON, Wis. — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants same-sex couples in Wisconsin to get married next door in neighboring Minnesota.

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