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Hearing begins in challenge to Ark. same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, December 12, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Lawyers for the state and the Pulaski County clerk asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to allow gay marriages in Arkansas. [ Read more → ]
Christopher Edwards

Why I joined LGBT activists in solidarity to fast for immigration reform

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Last week, I joined thousands of fasters around the country during the “National Days to Act, Fast and Pray” on December 1-3. For 24 hours, I abstained from food in an act of solidarity with a group of immigration reform activists who had gone 22 days ingesting nothing but water. I joined the fast because my mother was forced to leave her country due to the discrimination and violence she faced there. In my work on LGBT immigration policy, I know I encounter only a fraction of our nation’s 267,000 undocumented LGBT adults. Yet I constantly hear stories like my family’s -- stories of people who have fled to the United States in search of a better life. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (left) and Dave Agema

Mich. governor condemns GOP leader’s remark that gays are dying of AIDS

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan has condemned GOP National Committee member Dave Agema’s statement that gay people are seeking health insurance for same-sex partners because they are dying of AIDS and want free medical care. [ Read more → ]

Northern Ireland lifts ban on same-sex couple adoption

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
BELFAST -- Northern Ireland has lifted its ban that prohibited same-sex couples in civil partnerships from adopting children. [ Read more → ]

Activists say Detroit murder victim was a transgender woman

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
DETROIT -- The Wayne County Medical Examiner has identified the body of a murder victim that activists in the LGBT community say was a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]

India ruling brings to 77 the number of countries where it’s illegal to be gay

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A ruling Wednesday by India's Supreme Court to re-criminalize homosexuality brings to 77 the total number of countries where homosexuality is illegal. [ Read more → ]

Colo. baker says Jesus does not want him to bake cakes for gay couples

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
In a segment titled "The Death of Free Enterprise," Fox News' Elisabeth Hasselbeck speaks with Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple's wedding ceremony. [ Read more → ]
Mik Holland

Police investigating attack on Oregon gay man as possible hate crime

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Police are investigating a possible hate crime attack on a gay man and his friend at the Bagby Hot Springs located in the Mount Hood National Forest, east of Portland. [ Read more → ]
Shreveport, La.

Shreveport adopts LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Shreveport City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its list of protected classes. [ Read more → ]
LA Gay and Lesbian Center

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center systems compromised by cyber-thieves

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center said Tuesday it was recently the victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack that, according to data security and technology experts, was designed to collect credit card, social security numbers and other financial information. [ Read more → ]
Viviane Reding

EU commissioner to skip Olympics because of Russia’s human rights record

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- European Union commissioner Viviane Reding said Tuesday she would not be attending the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, over that country's treatment of minorities. [ Read more → ]
Taj Patterson

Police investigate alleged anti-gay attack on Brooklyn man by Hasidic Jewish men

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
NEW YORK -- Police are investigating the assault on a gay man who alleges he was attacked by a gang of Hasidic Jewish men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking home in Brooklyn. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

Mich. RNC member says gays want free healthcare because they’re dying of AIDS

Monday, December 9, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee said Thursday that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS. [ Read more → ]

Fla. teen gets 25 years in prison for attempted murder of transgender woman

Monday, December 9, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida teenager in has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder of a transgender woman. [ Read more → ]

Oregon coalition says it has collected enough signatures for marriage vote

Monday, December 9, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Marriage equality supporters said Monday they have collected the required signatures to put an initiative before voters in 2014 aimed at repealing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Rainbow Christmas lights in memory of gay teen spark controversy in Italy

Sunday, December 8, 2013
ROME, Italy -- The rainbow-themed Christmas lights that were illuminated Friday on Rome's main shopping street have sparked controversy in the Italian capital city. [ Read more → ]

Some donations to waitress who said she received anti-gay note being refunded

Saturday, December 7, 2013
NEW YORK -- The New Jersey waitress who said she was stiffed on a tip because she is gay is now returning donations sent to her by people across the country. [ Read more → ]

‘It Gets Better’ sends messages from around the world to Russian LGBT youth

Saturday, December 7, 2013
The It Gets Better Project International has released a new video in support Russian LGBT youth, launching a campaign with a video compilation featuring the foundation's international partners expressing their support. [ Read more → ]

Gay Catholic school teacher fired hours after applying for marriage license

Saturday, December 7, 2013
BENSALEM, Pa. -- A Catholic high school teacher in Pennsylvania said he was fired on Friday, just hours after applying for a marriage license to wed his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Demonstrators protest Russia's anti-gay laws.

Anti-gay social media group in Russia offers reward for outing LGBT teachers

Saturday, December 7, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A new anti-gay group has emerged on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte ( offering rewards for reporting “confirmed” information on gay school teachers, reports Queer Russia. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)Elton John

Elton John dedicates Moscow concert to slain gay Russian, calls anti-gay law ‘inhumane’

Friday, December 6, 2013
MOSCOW -- British pop artist Sir Elton John, performing in Moscow on Friday evening, criticized the Russian government's recent passage of anti-gay laws, calling them "inhumane" and "isolating." [ Read more → ]
U.S. Embassy in Manila.

U.S. Embassy in Manila issues its first visas to same-sex couples

Friday, December 6, 2013
MANILA, Luzon -- The United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]
Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims

Friday, December 6, 2013
NEW YORK -- A New York attorney on Thursday said the life of a murdered transgender woman wasn’t worth the same punishment as if his client had killed someone “in the higher end of the community.” [ Read more → ]
Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

Same-sex weddings begin in Australia, but marriages could be short lived

Friday, December 6, 2013
[caption id="attachment_119545" align="alignleft" width="665"] Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.[/caption] CANBERRA, Australia -- A state lawmaker and his partner dressed in... [ Read more → ]

Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at age 95

Thursday, December 5, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. [ Read more → ]
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