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Judge halts same-sex benefits in Houston after GOP chair files lawsuit

APAnnise Parker
HOUSTON -- A Harris County, Texas, judge issued an order Tuesday blocking the city of Houston from providing benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees pending a hearing in January. ...

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‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch makes ‘vile’ statements to describe LGBT people

Phil Robertson
In an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson — patriarch of the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, and landed them their own reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” on A&E — speaks out against homosexuality, in what ...

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DNC chair condemns Michigan GOP, says they tolerate anti-gay bias

APDebbie Wasserman Schultz
FERNDALE, Mich. -- The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee has joined leading state Democrats in condemning Michigan Republicans for their handling of anti-gay remarks by a GOP National Committee member and their failure to extend civil rights to gays. ...

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Anti-gay Catholic bishop steps aside under allegations of sexual abuse

Archbishop John Nienstedt
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in 2010 advised a parishioner to reject her gay son or suffer eternal damnation, has stepped down from public ministry due to allegations that he inappropriately touched a young ...

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Nelson Mandela was a hero to gays, yet anti-LGBT bias still rampant in Africa

Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, APA flag of the South African gay community sits next to a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela and other mementos in the Sandton area of Johannesburg, South Africa  on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Africa's gays are looking for their own Nelson Mandela - someone who will rescue them from violence and a raft of laws that criminalize gay sex. In other words, precisely what Mandela could not do, despite his efforts. ...

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Ga. man sentenced to life in prison for killing Black Gay Pride attendee

Derrick Burden
ATLANTA — A Georgia man convicted in the deaths of two men he robbed and shot in an Atlanta town home has been sentenced to two life prison terms. ...

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Key official in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal confirmed as Homeland Security secretary

Jeh Johnson
WASHINGTON — Democrats used their newly initiated lower threshold for defeating filibusters Monday to win Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nomination of former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson to be Secretary of Homeland Security. ...

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‘Advocate’ names Pope Francis ‘most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people’

LOS ANGELES — The Advocate, the oldest and largest gay-interest magazine in the U.S., on Monday announced it has selected Pope Francis as “the single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.” ...

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Social Security begins processing survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Monday it has begun processing, and paying, some survivor’s benefits for married, same-sex couples. ...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook endorses LGBT workplace protections in Auburn speech

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has never come out as gay publicly but has been named in Out magazine’s “Power 50″ list of most influential gays and lesbians for the past three years, endorsed the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination ...

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