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Ohio teacher files grievance, claims she was fired because she is gay

BOB VITALE | Outlook Columbus | Thursday, April 18, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A popular Columbus, Ohio, physical education teacher and coach who says she was fired because she is gay, has filed a grievance through her union against the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, according to her attorney.

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Peruvian father accused of setting son on fire because he is gay, HIV+

| Thursday, April 18, 2013
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A Peruvian father faces allegations of setting his 22-year-old son on fire after learning he is gay and HIV positive.

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Washington couple files suit against florist for anti-gay discrimination

| Thursday, April 18, 2013
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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The ACLU on Thursday filed a lawsuit on behalf of a gay couple in Kennewick, Wash,, against a florist that discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation.

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Montana governor Steve Bullock to sign bill decriminalizing gay sex

| Thursday, April 18, 2013
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HELENA, Mont. -- Gov. Steve Bullock will sign into law a bill that decriminalizes gay sex 16 years after the Montana Supreme Court ruled the law criminalizing gay sex unconstitutional, and ten years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws nationwide.

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Immigration bill excludes provisions for same-sex binational couples

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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WASHINGTON — Gay rights advocates have expressed disappointment after a bipartisan Senate group’s 844-page immigration bill omitted married gay and lesbian binational couples, leaving out the Uniting American Families Act.

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Paraguay politician would shoot himself in the balls if his son married a man

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay -- Tobacco magnate Horacio Cartes, Paraguay’s leading presidential candidate, has come under fire for comments he made comparing gay people to “monkeys” and threatening to remove his genitals if his son married another man.

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Senators re-introduce bill to remove unfair tax burden on LGBT families

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday introducing the Tax Parity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act, a bill that would end the taxation of employer-provided health insurance for domestic partners, as well as the penalty imposed on employers who provide equal benefits to their LGBT employees.

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Federal appeals court to hear challenge to Calif. gay therapy ban

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court is to hear arguments Wednesday on whether a first-of-its-kind law that prohibits licensed mental health professionals in California from offering therapies aimed at making gay and lesbian teenagers straight violates the civil rights of practitioners and parents.

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New Zealand becomes 13th country to legalize same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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New Zealand will become the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage as a bill to amend the current marriage law was approved moments ago by the country’s Parliament in its third and final reading on Wednesday.

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UFC suspends Matt Mitrione indefinitely over transphobic remarks regarding Fallon Fox

| Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization has suspended indefinitely heavyweight Matt Mitrione, saying it was "appalled" by comments he made about transgender Mixed Martial Arts fighter Fallon Fox.

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