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Transgender high school athletes approved by Va. governing board

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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

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

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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

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 ...

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

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

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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

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 ...

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Idaho lawmaker withdraws bill that would have allowed discrimination against gays

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

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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

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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 ...

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