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Under fire for arresting gay men, sheriff says he will stop enforcing sodomy law

| Monday, July 29, 2013
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Sheriff's Office in East Baton Rouge, La., that arrested at least 12 men since 2011 under a sodomy law invalidated in 2003 by the U.S. Supreme Court, now says it "should have taken a different approach" to concerns about park safety, and will no longer enforce the outdated law.

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Bullied gay teen is fifth suicide at Iowa high school in past 5 years

| Monday, July 29, 2013
AJ Betts
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — Alexander (AJ) Betts, a 16-year-old gay teen, took his own life over the weekend, becoming the fifth student from a suburban Des Moines, Iowa, high school to do so in the past five years.

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Neil Patrick Harris on his most important role: Fatherhood

| Sunday, July 28, 2013
Matt Sayles, APNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Out entertainer Neil Patrick Harris is the subject of a profile in USA Weekend, where he discusses the "magic in everyday life" with his fiance David Burtka and the couple's twin toddlers, daughter Harper and son Gideon, who will be 3 in October.

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Baton Rouge, La., cops arresting gay men for private consensual sex

| Sunday, July 28, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- At least a dozen men since 2011, the most recent on July 18, have been arrested in East Baton Rouge, La., under the state's unenforceable "crimes against nature" anti-sodomy law.

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Harvey Fierstein sounds off on Russia’s anti-gay laws, author Orson Scott Card

| Saturday, July 27, 2013
Harvey Fierstein
Tony award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein ("Kinky Boots," "Torch Song Trilogy"), sounded off to The Hollywood Reporter this week on Russia's anti-gay laws, and Orson Scott Card, author of "Enders Game," anti-gay activist and former board member of the National Organization for Marriage.

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Couple says they were kicked out of cab on interstate because they’re gay

| Saturday, July 27, 2013
Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll
PORTLAND, Ore. - A lesbian couple in Portland, Ore., say their cab ride was cut short Thursday night when the driver realized they are gay, and kicked them out and left them on the side of an interstate.

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Lesbian couple’s sperm donor asks judge to rule he is not child’s father

| Saturday, July 27, 2013
William Marotta
TOPEKA, Kan. – A Kansas man being pursued for child support by the state after he donated sperm to a lesbian couple is asking a judge to rule in his favor before a trial.

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R.I. cities won’t open early when gay marriage law takes effect

| Saturday, July 27, 2013
Charles Krupa, APRhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signs a gay marriage bill into law outside the State House in Providence, R.I., Thursday, May 2, 2013.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence and other Rhode Island communities won't be issuing marriage licenses early on the morning that it becomes legal for same-sex couples to marry in the state.

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Retired Methodist ministers say they’ll break Church rules and perform gay weddings

| Saturday, July 27, 2013
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RENO, Nev. — Five retired United Methodist ministers are taking a stand against their church's rules regarding same-sex unions.

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Andrew Garfield confronts backlash over musing that Spider-Man could be gay

| Friday, July 26, 2013
Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Actor Andrew Garfield addressed recent backlash over his musing that Spider-Man could be gay, and said Friday that Stan Lee's comic character "stands for everybody."

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