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U.S. Congress hopeful who said God punishes gay marriage with bad weather, wins primary

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus
CHICAGO -- U.S. Congress hopeful Susanne Atanus, who said in January that God has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as punishment for gay rights and legalized abortions, won a narrow victory in Tuesday's GOP primary.

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Ark. school district defends censoring gay student’s coming out story

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Taylor Ellis
SHERIDAN, Ark. -- The superintendent of an Arkansas school district is defending a decision by school officials to censor a yearbook profile of an openly gay student and his "coming out" story, calling it the "proper direction for our community."

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W.Va. teacher under fire for Facebook post mocking gay-straight alliance

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
David Foggin
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- A West Virginia school district is investigating a high school teacher over a Facebook post in which he appears to be mocking a planned meeting of the school's gay-straight alliance.

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S.C. lawmakers’ protection of students is just another anti-LGBT attack in disguise

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Garry Smith
By now, you likely have already heard about the controversy regarding the South Carolina lawmakers punishing colleges for assigning two gay-themed books to students. The new state budget deducts $70,000 collectively from the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina-Upstate. The amount adds up to the how much the two colleges spent on the two books. Rep. Garry Smith is leading the charge because he claims the books, “Fun Home” and “Out Loud: Rainbow Radio,” do not represent South Carolina community values...

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Obama freezes U.S. assets of 7 Russian officials, including author of anti-gay law

| Monday, March 17, 2014
Yelena Mizulina
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine, including those of Yelena Mizulina, the Russian Duma (Parliament) Deputy who authored the controversial anti-gay propaganda law last year.

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Westboro ‘elders’ ex-communicated Fred Phelps in church power struggle

| Monday, March 17, 2014
Westboro-protest
The Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday responded to media inquiries regarding news reports that founder Fred Phelps was on his death bed, and that he was "ex-communicated" from the church last August.

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‘New York Times’ illustrated op-ed says Barilla ‘boycott has ended’

| Monday, March 17, 2014
The New York Times
An illustrated tribute of sorts to Barilla pasta appears in the online "Opinion" section of The New York Times, and asserts that a boycott by the gay community has ended because Chairman Guido Barilla's apologized for saying that "gays can go eat another brand" of pasta.

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Wyo. lawmaker defends book on AIDS that describes gays as promiscuous

| Monday, March 17, 2014
Troy Mader
CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming's newest lawmaker is defending a book he wrote nearly three decades ago that says many gay people demand the right to have sex with children and people with AIDS should be quarantined if they continue having sex.

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Guinness cancels sponsorship of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over gay ban

| Sunday, March 16, 2014
Guinness
NEW YORK -- Guinness announced Sunday it is cancelling its sponsorship of Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to allow gay participants to carry signs expressing their LGBT pride.

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Arkansas high school censors yearbook profile of gay student’s coming out

| Sunday, March 16, 2014
Taylor Ellis
SHERIDAN, Ark. -- Administrators at an Arkansas high school are refusing to allow an interview with an openly gay student in this year’s yearbook because he discusses his sexual orientation.

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