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Va. National Guard extends benefits to gay couples despite state marriage ban

| Saturday, September 7, 2013
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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia National Guard said Friday it is complying with a Defense Department policy on extending benefits to qualified spouses of gay service members.

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Report: LGBT youth face higher rate of dating abuse than straight peers

| Friday, September 6, 2013
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LGBT teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, with transgender teens especially vulnerable to victimization, according to a report issued Friday by the Urban Institute.

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Giovanni’s Room, nation’s oldest surviving LGBT bookstore is for sale

| Friday, September 6, 2013
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's marker at Giovanni's Room, unveiled on Sunday, October 15, 2011.
PHILADELPHIA -- The owner of nation's oldest surviving LGBT bookstore said that he is retiring after 37 years and is putting the shop and its building up for sale, potentially ending four decades of operation.

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Battle Creek, Mich., bars anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, employment

| Friday, September 6, 2013
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The city of Battle Creek has joined the growing list of municipalities across Michigan to adopt an ordinance to prohibit discrimination against LGBT residents in the areas of housing and employment.

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Wife of likely Australia PM doesn’t support husband’s opposition to gay marriage

| Thursday, September 5, 2013
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FORESTVILLE, New South Wales -- Margie Abbott, wife of the man many expect to be elected the next Prime Minister of Australia, indicated in a television interview Thursday that she does not necessarily support her husband's staunch opposition to same-sex marriage.

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NCLR petition calls on global companies to urge Russia to repeal anti-gay laws

| Thursday, September 5, 2013
Demonstrators protest Russia's anti-gay laws.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced Thursday the launch of a campaign — "Stop LGBT Hate in Russia" — calling on global companies doing business in Russia to demand the repeal of new laws that target LGBT people and allies.

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Human rights activists target Russian anti-gay law at G20 protests

| Thursday, September 5, 2013
Elena Ignatyeva, APPolice officers snatch an artwork representing leaders of the G20 summit during a protest Wednesday against G20 Summit in front of Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Spaced out along St. Petersburg's main thoroughfare, about a dozen human rights activists staged individual protests to attract the attention of leaders of the world's biggest economies to human rights violations in Russia.

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Bakers say gay activists used ‘mafia-style tactics’ to shut down their business

| Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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The owners of an Oregon bakery at the center of a complaint for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple are speaking out, and say gay rights activists used "militant" and "mean-spirited, mafia-style tactics" to shut down their business.

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New platform launched for Christians to speak out in favor of LGBT equality

| Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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A new project launched Wednesday is giving LGBT-supportive Christians a public forum for to proclaim their love and acceptance for their their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender friends and family members.

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Minneapolis mayor goes on the road to promote marriage equality in Minn.

| Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak is hitting the road to promote the state's new marriage equality law.

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