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Nashville mayor first in Tenn. to publicly support marriage equality

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Karl Dean
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville mayor Karl Dean has joined the national group "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry," becoming the first mayor from Tennessee to publicly support marriage equality. Dean signed on to the coalition of nearly 500 mayors from around the U.S. advocating for full marriage equality nationwide.

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Ecuador to formally recognize couples in same-sex civil unions

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on Saturday said that same-sex couples in civil unions can now have their relationships officially recognized by the Ecuador government. Correa said LGBT people will have "the full constitutional right" to register their civil unions, and have them recorded on their national ID cards, reports AFP.

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Accused killer says murders of four men were ‘vengeance’ against U.S.

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
A Seattle man accused in a nationwide murder spree that has claimed four victims, including two gay men in Seattle, has told investigators that he had launched his own "jihad" against Americans as an act of "vengeance" to retaliate for U.S. military action in the Middle East.

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Marriage equality advocates deliver more than 3,000 petitions to Wis. AG’s office

| Friday, August 22, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Marriage equality advocates on Thursday dropped off more than 3,200 petitions at the Wisconsin Attorney General's office, hoping to assert some last minute influence ahead of Tuesday's hearing on the state's same0sex marriage ban at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus for promoting ‘lesbian sex’

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Miley Cyrus
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds and for allegedly inciting lesbian sex. The National Commission of Public Entertainment and Radio said in a statement Thursday that it took the action because Cyrus often...

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Lawmaker blames Spain’s trillion dollar debt on ‘subsidies to homosexuals’

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Luz Elena Sanín
A Spanish lawmaker is facing calls to resign after blaming Spain's $1 trillion deficit on "subsidies offered to homosexuals" by the previous socialist government. The Local reports that Popular Party senator Luz Elena Sanín told journalists that Spain’s ruling conservative party had increased its public spending due to “the debts” caused by “subsidies for...

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Detroit police investigating three shootings against LGBT residents

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Palmer-Park-Detroit
DETROIT -- Police in Detroit, Mich., are investigating three potentially related violent crimes against LGBT people in the city's sprawling Palmer Park. The attacks have left one victim dead and two others injured after a series of shootings in recent weeks.

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Fla. AG defends fight against same-sex marriage: ‘I’m just getting started’

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is defending her fight against five state and federal court rulings declaring the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. Appearing before a group of Republican supporters Thursday -- just hours after a federal judge ruled against the ban -- Bondi said she took an oath "to defend the Constitution of the state of Florida"...

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Actress Kristin Chenoweth voices her support for marriage equality

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Kristin-Chenoweth
Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth voices her support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign’s “Americans For Marriage Equality” campaign. In the video, Chenoweth states, “The bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married if you want to get married. I truly believe it’s that simple."

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Calif. legislature OKs bill allowing birth certificates to reflect same-sex parents

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would modernize birth certificates to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender.

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