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Transgender high school athletes approved by Va. governing board

| Thursday, February 20, 2014
Virginia-Flag
RICHMOND, Va. -- The governing body of high school sports in Virginia has sanctioned the participation of transgender athletes at the state's 313 high schools, on the condition they undergo gender reassignment surgery.

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Oregon AG says she will not defend state’s gay marriage ban in court

| Thursday, February 20, 2014
Ellen Rosenblum
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Thursday that she will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review."

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Finland parliament begins debate on bill to legalize same-sex marriage

| Thursday, February 20, 2014
Finland
HELSINKI, Finland -- The Finnish parliament began debate Thursday on a proposal that would legalize same-sex marriage. Should the legislation become law, Finland would become the final Nordic country to pass a law on gender-neutral marriage.

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LGBT rights advocates gather at Mo. capitol to lobby for statewide protections

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LGBT rights advocates gather at the Missouri state capitol on on Feb. 19 for Equality Day.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Show Me State’s annual Equality Day was held at the state capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, where dozens of LGBT and allied Missourians lobbied state lawmakers to support the Missouri Nondiscrimination (MONA) and Safe Schools Acts, which were recently introduced in both chambers.

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Kerry denounces Gambia president’s remarks that LGBT people are ‘vermin’

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
John Kerry
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denounced remarks by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and that Gambia’s government would tackle them in “the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.”

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Gays angered over billboard created by ‘ex-gay’ founder of Christian ministry

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
WDRB-TV
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An anti-gay billboard in Kentucky has created controversy among the gay community and its allies, and they are calling for its removal.

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Plaintiffs in Idaho gay marriage challenge ask court to declare ban unconstitutional

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Idaho gay marriage
BOISE, Idaho -- Four same-sex couples who are challenging Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage, filed a motion in the case Tuesday seeking a summary judgement asking the court to declare unconstitutional Idaho’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry or to recognize their existing marriages.

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Idaho lawmaker withdraws bill that would have allowed discrimination against gays

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Idaho state capitol in Boise.
BOISE, Idaho — A lawmaker promoting controversial legislation to allow businesses to refuse service to gay customers based on their religious beliefs says he'll withdraw the bill, for now.

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Heart attack victim says he was denied last rites after telling priest he’s gay

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
File
A heart attack victim says a Roman Catholic priest working as a chaplain at a Washington D.C. hospital refused to give him last rites and communion after the patient told him he’s gay.

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Study: Shorter life expectancy for gays living in high prejudice communities

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LGBT-community
Gays, lesbians and bisexual individuals living in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities, according to a study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

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