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Ariz. Senate panel approves bill to allow discrimination based on religious beliefs

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
Arizona state capitol   in Phoenix.
PHOENIX — An Arizona Senate committee gave initial approval Thursday to a bill allowing people to claim that their religious beliefs led them to refuse service to gays or others.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ season 5 premiere down 3.3 million viewers from season 4 opener

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
A&E
NEW YORK -- Nielsen says "Duck Dynasty" drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere.

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Activist group protests outside ‘Today’ show over NBC Olympic coverage

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
Queer Nation activists demonstrate outside NBC studios in New York on Thursday during a live broadcast of the Today show.
NEW YORK -- A dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation demonstrated outside the broadcast of NBC’s Today Show on Thursday, demanding that NBC report on the Russian government’s ongoing attacks on LGBT people and its and other human rights violations.

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United Nations chief alarmed by Nigeria’s new anti-gay law

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
APBan Ki-moon
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by reports of the arrest and torture of individuals in northern Nigeria believed to be homosexual and strongly hopes that the constitutionality of the country's new anti-gay law will be reviewed.

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Oklahoma ruling shows U.S. shift toward same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.
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Poll: Utah residents equally split on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Steve C. Wilson, APSupporters of gay marriage fill the rotunda as they gathered to rally at the Utah State Capitol Friday Jan. 10, 2014.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah residents are now evenly split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to get state-issued marriage licenses — 48 percent in favor, and 48 percent opposed, according to a new poll for The Salt Lake Tribune.

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GOProud founder leaving Republican party in part over ‘tolerance of bigotry’

| Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Jimmy LaSalvia
Jimmy LaSalvia, the co-founder and former executive director of GOProud, a U.S. political action group representing gay conservatives, announced Tuesday he was leaving the Republican party due in part to the "tolerance of bigotry in the GOP."

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Lawmakers in Minn., N.Y., introduce bills to ban conversion therapy for minors

| Tuesday, January 14, 2014
File
Lawmakers in Minnesota and New York have introduced legislation to prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth.

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Congregation walks out after church forces gay choir director to resign

| Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Adam Fraley
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. -- A small Methodist church in northern Indiana is divided and as much as eighty percent of the congregants have left the church after a popular gay choir director was forced to resign, and a respected church lay leader was fired for his support of the choir director.

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Champion Brazilian diver Ian Matos comes out as gay

| Monday, January 13, 2014
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Champion Brazilian diver Ian Matos has come out publicly as gay in an interview with the newspaper Correio.

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