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Orlando Cruz, first openly gay pro boxer, announces engagement

| Thursday, August 15, 2013
TwitterOrlando Cruz and his fiance Jose Manuel.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rican gay boxer Orlando Cruz has proposed marriage to his partner Jose Manuel after recently announcing he was gay.

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Athletes show pride with rainbow fingernails at world championships in Moscow

| Thursday, August 15, 2013
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MOSCOW At least two Swedish athletes at the world championships in Moscow competed with rainbow-colored fingernails Thursday, showing support for gays and lesbians in contrast to Russia's new anti-gay law.

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Judge allows landmark case against anti-gay religious leader to proceed

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Scott Lively
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- In a first-of-its kind case brought by a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization against a prominent U.S. anti-gay extremist, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law.

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Utah says its ban on same-sex marriage does not discriminate against gays

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY -- The state of Utah asserted this week that it has a "sovereign right" to define and regulate marriage, and defended a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, saying its ban does not discriminate against gays and lesbians.

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Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin: Now is the time for an openly gay NFL player

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III believes that there are gay players in the National Football League, and that now is a perfect time for them to come out.

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Religious groups protest Puerto Rico’s new gay rights, gender bills

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Religious groups gathered Wednesday in front of Puerto Rico's seaside capitol to protest proposed laws that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children and would establish a public school curriculum examining gender issues including sexual discrimination.

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R.I. bishop switches from Democrat to Republican over gay marriage, abortion

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Bishop Thomas Tobin
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence says he has become a registered Republican because he can not be associated with the Democratic party's views on abortion and same-sex marriage.

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In Moscow, U.S. runner Nick Symmonds dedicates medal to gay friends

| Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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MOSCOW -- U.S. middle distance runner Nick Symmonds on Tuesday dedicated silver medal at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow to his gay and lesbian friends back home, becoming the first athlete to openly criticize Russia's controversial anti-gay "propaganda" law while on Russian soil.

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Bar association: ‘Gay panic’ defense should be curtailed by legislation

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Bar Association voted Monday in favor of a resolution urging state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation restricting the availability and effectiveness of the use of “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses by criminal defendants.

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Twitter faces possible lawsuit over trending anti-gay hashtags

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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A French gay rights group said on Monday it plans to file a law suit against Twitter for violating the country's hate speech laws following the emergence of the hashtag “#Gays must die,” which topped Twitter's "trending topics" over the weekend.

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