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Christian-owned bakery faces court action after refusing ‘gay marriage’ cake

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland could face government action for refusing to bake a novelty cake featuring Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage.” Ashers Baking Co., in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, canceled the order, which was to also featured the logo of the gay rights group QueerSpace...

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Gay man assaulted, called ‘faggot’ inside D.C. grocery store

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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A Washington, D.C., gay man says he was attacked July 2 inside a Safeway store by an unidentified woman who punched him several times in the face while calling him a faggot, reports the Washington Blade. The victim, Mark Rutstein, said Safeway employees told him they believe the suspect, who is a regular customer, might be associated with gang members ...

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Reality series features couples agreeing to get ‘married at first sight’

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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This is the "sanctity of marriage" that conservatives are fighting to protect: From the FYI Network comes a news series documenting the stories of six individuals, "yearning for romance and a loving partnership," who agree to a provocative proposal: getting married at first sight?

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Moroccan appeals court upholds convictions for homosexuality

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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A Moroccan appeals court has upheld the convictions of several men accused of homosexual acts. At least four of the six defendants in the case in central Morocco were convicted July 2 on charges that included “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex,” according to Human Rights Watch.

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Six national LGBT rights groups drop ENDA support over religious exemptions

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced Tuesday that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), fearing that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill could compel private companies to cite objections similar to those that prevailed in last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby.

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Old Ill. marriage law disappoints many out-of-state same-sex couples

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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A provision in Illinois' marriage law is resulting in disappointment for many same-sex couples in neighboring states hoping to cross the border to obtain a marriage license. Enacted years before same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois, the law states law states that a marriage license is void if that couple is barred from marrying in the state where they live.

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Brad Thorson, former college football player and NFL prospect, comes out as gay

OUTSPORTS | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Brad Thorson, a former college and NFL football player who was briefly with the Arizona Cardinals, came out publicly as gay on his blog on July 4 as his own personal Independence Day celebration. His blog post was titled Seeing Through the Fog: "I've been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it ..."

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Apple video commemorates LGBT pride: ‘Inclusion inspires innovation’

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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In a new video posted on its YouTube page Monday, Apple documents its participation in San Francisco's LGBT Pride parade on June 29, where thousands of Apple employees marched in the company's first ever officially sanctioned Pride parade. The short film is set to Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars."

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Burger King ‘Proud Whopper’ wrapper for sale on ebay for $1,000

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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Burger not included ... The "Proud Whopper" was available for only a few days at one San Francisco Burger King location during the city's pride festivities. Customers were not told what is in the burger, which came wrapped in rainbow paper. Once opened up, a message inside the wrapper stated, “We are all the same inside.”

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Is a gay ‘showmance’ blossoming in the Big Brother house?

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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Is a gay "showmance" finally blossoming in the Big Brother house? This year’s very “politically correct” season of CBS’ Big Brother is a far cry from last year’s edition, in which viewers were treated to a seemingly endless display of racist, ethnic, homophobic slurs that resulted in reports of at least two houseguests being fired from their jobs...

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