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Organizer cancels Wis. pride parade over negative community reaction

| Friday, June 21, 2013
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WAUSAU, Wis. — The organizer of what would have been the first ever gay pride parade in Wausau, Wis., has cancelled the event, saying he has experienced a wave of ugliness in the community.

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Christian legal group says gay rights assignment was religious intolerance

| Thursday, June 20, 2013
The TennesseanA church sign across the street from Columbia State Community College displays a scornful response to a psychology professor's assignment.
CLIFTON, Tenn. -- Officials at Columbia State Community College say they're investigating claims by a Christian legal group that a psychology professor's assignment about gay rights is teaching her students religious intolerance.

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Poll: Minnesotans still split on support for marriage equality

| Thursday, June 20, 2013
Jim Mone, APGay marriage supporters outside the Minn. state capitol on May 14 to witness Gov. Mark Dayton sign the marriage equality bill into law.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just weeks before a new law takes effect that will legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota, voters are still almost evenly divided on the issue, according to a new poll.

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AMA says it opposes FDA lifetime ban on gay men as blood donors

| Thursday, June 20, 2013
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The American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians in the U.S., voted Tuesday to oppose a decades long ban by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which prohibits gay men from donating blood, reported ABC News.

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Teacher fined $1 for ejecting anti-gay student from classroom

| Thursday, June 20, 2013
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HOWELL, Mich. — A judge says the free speech rights of a Michigan teenager were violated when he expressed an opinion against homosexuality and was removed from class during an anti-bullying day.

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Purveyors of ‘ex-gay’ therapy, Exodus International says it’s shutting down

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Exodus International, the nation's oldest and largest Christian ministry devoted to performing controversial gay-to-straight “reparative therapy,” announced Wednesday night that it is shuttering its operations after more than three decades.

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Holder, Kerry honor LGBT staffers at pride events at Justice, State departments

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Departments of Justice at State celebrated LGBT pride this week, with events attended by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry, respectively.

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Four sentenced to prison in kidnapping, attack on gay man in Ky.

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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LONDON, Ky. — Four people from eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the kidnapping and attack of a gay man.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to attend Pentagon LGBT Pride event

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will speak at the Pentagon's Pride event next Tuesday, June 25, honoring gay and lesbian service members.

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Obama urges international community to embrace LGBT equality in Berlin speech

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Michael Kappeler, AP/PoolPresident Barack Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel wave to spectators before Obama delivers a speech in Berlin on Wednesday.
BERLIN -- President Obama on Wednesday urged the international community to embrace equality and to "stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters."

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