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Born this way: Majority of Americans say being gay is not a choice

| Wednesday, May 20, 2015
AP
A new Gallup poll released Wednesday finds that, for the first time, a majority of Americans say same-sex orientation is something gays and lesbians are born with, rather than something that is determined by their upbringing or environment.

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Suspect identified in chair bashing attack on gay couple in Manhattan restaurant

| Wednesday, May 20, 2015
New York police say the man pictured here,  El-Amin Bayna, is wanted in connection with the attack on two men in New York on May 5.
New York police say they have identified the suspect in an attack earlier this month inside a Manhattan restaurant in which a same-sex couple was bashed over the head with a wooden chair.

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Top Swiss Bishop: Being gay is a weakness that can be cured

| Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Jean-Marie Lovey
Jean-Marie Lovey, one of Switzerland’s most prominent Catholic Bishops, said on Tuesday that he is persuaded that "homosexuality can be cured" by prayer or “psychological healing."

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Argentinian judges reduce rapist’s sentence ‘because six-year-old victim was gay’

| Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Argentina judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamín Sal Llargués.
The child had a "homosexual orientation," Argentinian appeal court judges said in their ruling as they reduced the prison sentence for Mario Tolosa from six years to 38 months

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Gay conversion therapy ban passes Illinois House

| Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
The bill prohibits licensed mental health care providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with anyone under the age of 18.

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Gallup: Record-high 60 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Shelly Bailes, 74, left, and her wife, Ellen Pontac, 73, of Davis, Calif., kiss in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, where justices were hearing arguments in same-sex marriage cases, April 28, 2015.
Just one month before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of states’ same-sex marriage bans, support for gay unions has reached a record 60 percent.

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Host of Rubio fundraiser was foreign agent for dictator who endorses gay beheadings

VIA: Think Progress | Tuesday, May 19, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Jennifer Lukawsk recently served as the registered foreign agent for Gambia, a western African regime known for its human rights abuses, including repeated threats to behead gay people.

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Anti-LGBT pastor resigns after Grindr photos, hook-up conversations exposed

| Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Matthew-Makela
Rev. Matthew Makela resigned as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church just one day before Queerty posted screenshots and text messages of sexually explicit conversations between the pastor and other men.

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Louisiana House committee kills anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill

| Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.
Our legislators decided that Louisiana would not be the next Indiana and voted to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill, reports Equality Louisiana.

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U.S. congressman introduces first federal bill to ban conversion therapy

| Tuesday, May 19, 2015
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)
The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act would be the first federal law to protect LGBT people from being defrauded by promises that they can change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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