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Professor: Hormones, stress, smoking increases likelihood of children born gay

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dick Swaab
AMSTERDAM -- A professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University claims that factors ranging from taking synthetic hormones to suffering stress during pregnancy can increase the likelihood that a child will be born gay.

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Toni Atkins chosen next Speaker of Calif. state assembly

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Toni Atkins
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego has been chosen by her Democratic colleagues to succeed Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly.

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Nevada: State’s same-sex marriage ban serves a ‘legitimate purpose’

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The state of Nevada on Tuesday urged a federal appeals court to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing it serves the "legitimate purpose of preserving traditional marriage" and is entrenched in the state's history.

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Houston mayor fires back at critics over her same-sex marriage: ‘Get over it!’

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker, at their wedding ceremony on Jan. 16, 2014.
HOUSTON -- Houston mayor Annise Parker is firing back at Republicans who say her marriage to longtime partner last week was politically motivated.

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Mo. governor Jay Nixon calls for workplace protections for gay workers

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Jeff Roberson, APMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called on the state's Republican-led Legislature to pass legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Poll: 60 percent of Utahns support LGBT housing, employment protections

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- A new poll finds that 60 percent of Utahns say the state should adopt legal protections against discrimination of LGBT people in housing and the workplace.

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Bill allowing gay couples to file joint tax returns clears first hurdle in Colo. senate

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Colorado state capitol in Denver.
DENVER -- The Colorado state Senate of Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill that would allow same-sex couples married outsiode of Colorado to jointly file their state tax return.

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Ill. innkeeper expects more legal troubles when he refuses to host gay weddings

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Jim Walder
PAXTON, Ill. — The owner of an Illinois inn who is the subject of a civil rights complaint for refusing to host same-sex civil union ceremonies, says he will refuse to allow same-sex weddings when the state's marriage equality law takes effect in June.

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Catholic school leader who ousted gay vice principal resigns

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Sister Mary E. Tracy, SNJM
SEATTLE -- The president of a Catholic school in Washington state who allegedly fired a gay vice principal becuase he married his same-sex partner, then suggested he divorce to keep his job, has resigned in the aftermath of the turmoil that followed that decision.

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Fla. school lifts suspension on student who appeared in gay adult films

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Robert Marucci
COCOA, Fla. -- A Florida school district on Tuesday lifted the suspension of a high school senior who claimed he was kicked out for appearing in gay adult films.

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