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Sochi still scrambling to sell tickets to Olympic games, APOlympic torch bearers Kamil Larin, left, and Yelena Slesarenko put their torches together during an Olympic torch relay in Volgograd, a city on the Volga River about 800 kilometers (about 500 miles) south of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 with a monument to Motherland at the background.
LONDON — What if they held an Olympics and nobody came? The situation isn’t that bleak, of course, for the Sochi Games. Yet, with less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony, hundreds of thousands of tickets remain ...

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First magazine for gays and lesbians in Bangladesh launched

Bangladesh's gay community has launched its first magazine in a bid to promote greater acceptance of gays who face widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim-majority country, the publication's editor said on Sunday. ...

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Va. Assembly tables bill to repeal gay marriage ban as lawsuits move forward

Scott Surovell
RICHMOND, Va. — While two federal lawsuits challenging Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are moving forward, a House committee voted Monday to table the only bill aimed at repealing the ban, effectively ending the fight from the legislative front ...

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Newly selected Catholic cardinal calls homosexuality a bodily ‘defect’

Most Rev. Fernando Sebastian Aguilar
MADRID -- Spain's newly chosen Catholic cardinal has described homosexuality as a "defect" within ones body, akin to high blood pressure, that can be corrected with treatment. ...

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Report: LGBT Americans spend $7.9 billion on cigarettes each year

An estimated 33 percent of Americans who identify as LGBT smoke, spending $7.9 billion on cigarettes each year, according to data compiled by the Network for LGBT Health Equity. ...

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UK councilman suspended by party after blaming floods on gay marriage

David Silvester
LONDON -- A British far-right party has suspended a local councilman who blamed recent severe flooding on the government's legalization of same-sex marriage. ...

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‘Bachelor’ star apologizes for calling gays perverts, ABC issues swift rebuke

Juan Pablo Galavis
The star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” has made anti-gay comments that drew a swift rebuke from the network and an apology from the bachelor himself. ...

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‘The Bachelor:’ I respect gay people, but they’re not a good example for kids

Juan Pablo Galavis
ABC's "The Bachelor" -- Juan Pablo Galavis -- says he's not interested in seeing a gay version of the popular reality series because gay people are not a good example for kids. ...

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Weir caught in a crossfire of ‘hate and scrutiny’ for not boycotting Olympics

Johnny Weir
LYNDHURST, N.J. – Champion figure skater Johnny Weir said Thursday he has been caught up "in a crossfire" for not supporting a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympic games in the wake of Russia's anti-gay laws. ...

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Obama nominates out lesbian attorney to federal court in Illinois

Staci Michelle Yandle
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated out lesbian attorney Staci Michelle Yandle to serve in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the White House announced on Thursday. ...

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