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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Plea deal withdrawn for Fla.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 — Prosecutors have withdrawn a plea deal to a Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend.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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San Antonio councilwoman defends secretly recorded anti-gay remarks

| Monday, August 19, 2013
Elisa Chan
SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio city council woman who was secretly recorded during a staff meeting in which she said homosexuality is “so disgusting” and “against nature," defended her comments Monday in her first public statement on the controversy that erupted last week.

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Hawaii congressional delegation calls for state to legalize marriage equality

| Sunday, August 18, 2013
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HONOLULU — The state's four-member congressional delegation issued statements Friday urging Hawaii lawmakers to pass immediately a state measure for marriage equality.

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WWE’s Darren Young: There was a time when I was ‘terrified’ of being outed

| Friday, August 16, 2013
TMZFred Rosser (a.k.a. "Darren Young) right, with his partner Nick.
World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Darren Young, who become the first active professional wrestling star to come out as gay when he made the casual announcement to a TMZ photographer earlier this week, appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” on Friday.

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NYPD releases sketches of two men sought in anti-gay hate crime

| Friday, August 16, 2013
The NYPD released these sketches of individuals wanted in connection with Tuesday's anti-gay assault.
NEW YORK — The new York Police Department has released sketches of two suspects wanted in an anti-gay bias attack in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.

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