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Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling to end same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lambda Legal has filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, seeking a summary judgment to end the U.S. commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents ...

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S.D. man left bloody, bruised after telling woman not to use gay slur

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Drew Bartscher
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A South Dakota man says he was just doing the right thing when told a passer-by on the street not to use anti-gay slurs, but what happened next left him bloody and bruised. Drew Bartscher, 27, says he was in crowd with two of his friends outside a tavern in Sioux Falls early Sunday morning when he heard a woman use a derogatory term for gays.

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Va. House Republicans aim to hire lawyer to defend same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday approved a resolution that includes language that would allow the branch to hire legal counsel to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, something Attorney General Mark Herring has chosen not to do.

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Transgender teen crowned Homecoming King at Texas high school

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Homecoming King Mel Gonzales (right) with Queen Mercedes Mackay (left).
HOUSTON -- A Houston-area high school is the latest to crown a transgender teen as homecoming royalty. Mel Gonzales, a transgender student at at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas, was crowned Homecoming King last week.

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Hotels turn away Uganda president amid threats to protest Dallas visit

| Friday, September 19, 2014
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DALLAS -- At least two Texas hotels have turned away Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, over planned protests due to his country’s anti-gay laws. The Dallas Voice reports that the Four Seasons Hotel in Irving canceled Museveni’s reservation, and that Marriott’s Gaylord Texan hotel in Grapevine refused to host Museveni as well.

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Utah outdoor advertising companies reject ‘God Loves Gays’ billboard

| Friday, September 19, 2014
The first "God Loves Gays" billboard was erected earlier this month in Topeka, Kan,, home of the Westboro Baptist Church.
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah activist says Salt Lake City’s two major outdoor advertising companies have refused to allow a billboard that reads “God Loves Gays.” Organizers behind the website “God Loves Gay People” and the Facebook page “God,” erected the first “God Loves Gays” billboard earlier this month in Topeka, Kan., home to the virulently anti-gay...

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Arizona Latino leaders announce support for marriage equality

| Friday, September 19, 2014
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Latino leaders from across the state kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month by announcing their support for marriage equality, reports the Phoenix New Times. “There’s a perception out there that the Latino community does not support marriage equality, but that’s not the case,” says Jeremy Zegas, a project director for the coalition.

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Catholic school says coach tied to Philly beating of gay couple has ‘resigned’

| Thursday, September 18, 2014
A group of about a dozen young adults are alleged to have attacked a gay couple in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014.
PHILADELPHIA -- An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday. About a dozen young adults were linked to the Sept. 11 encounter after police released surveillance video Tuesday and social media users mined online posts, including a group ...

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Tenn. billboard proclaiming homosexuality ‘is an abomination’ divides town

| Thursday, September 18, 2014
Gallatin News Examiner
PORTLAND, Tenn. -- Residents in Portland, Tenn., are divided over a billboard proclaiming homosexuality "is an abomination." Resembling an open Bible, the left side of the billboard quotes an Old Testament passage of Leviticus Chapter 18, Verse 22, "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination. - God." The billboard's right side states...

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Neil Patrick Harris shares wedding moments on ‘The View’

| Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who married longtime partner, actor and chef David Burtka in Italy over the weekend, shares wedding moments with Rosie O'Donnell and Whoppi Goldberg on "The View."

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