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Mo. town prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Town Maps USA
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Nearly two months after a tougher anti-discrimination law was narrowly defeated in Kirksville, the mayor of the northeast Missouri town has changed his vote and the measure passed.

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Filmmaker Lee Daniels on growing up gay, why black men ‘can’t come out’

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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Openly gay filmmaker Lee Daniels, in a recent interview with Larry King, said it is his belief that gay men in the black community just "can't come out."

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Amusement park cancels wedding contest rather than include gay couples

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Cedar Point amusement park, Sandusky, Ohio
SANDSUSKY, Ohio — An amusement park in Ohio is canceling a wedding contest after a gay couple organized a protest against the promotion because it excluded same-sex couples.

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The ‘protest’ kiss seen around the world: Sometimes, a kiss is just a kiss

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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MOSCOW — Quick kisses exchanged by four Russian female sprinters, exuberant after winning a relay race at the world championships in Moscow over the weekend, set off a flurry of speculation in the blogosphere that they were protesting Russia's new controversial law against gay "propaganda."

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Pa. court to hear case against county for issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Matt Rourke, APEllen Toplin, right, and Charlene Kurland pose for photographs with their marriage license at a Montgomery County office on Wednesday, despite a state law banning such unions.
PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania court will hear arguments next month on the governor's attempt to stop a county official from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

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Gay rights pioneer Jose Julio Sarria, founder of Imperial Court System, dies

LGBT Weekly | Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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One of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away quietly in his home in Albuquerque, N.M. Monday morning at 7:02 a.m. He was 90. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America. He was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961.

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Kazakhstan lawmaker to introduce bill modeled after Russia’s anti-gay law

| Monday, August 19, 2013
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ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- A lawmaker in Kazakhstan's parliament says he will introduce a bill modeled after Russia's anti-gay law that will shut down gay clubs, end pride parades, and prohibit all forms of "homosexual propaganda."

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Religious leaders in Hawaii call for passage of marriage equality bill

| Monday, August 19, 2013
Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii)
HONOLULU -- More than two dozen Hawaii faith leaders of various religions signed a resolution Monday calling the state to pass a law legalizing gay marriage.

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Plea deal withdrawn for Fla. teen accused of sexual relationship with underage girl

| Monday, August 19, 2013
Kaitlyn Hunt
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Prosecutors have withdrawn a plea deal to a Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend.

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Colorado State Patrol must pay $768,000 in anti-gay discrimination complaint

| Monday, August 19, 2013
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DENVER -- The Colorado State Patrol must pay more than $768,000 to a former patrol captain who was denied re-employment after the agency learned he was gay.

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