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Democrats reintroduce DOMA repeal bill on opening of 114th Congress

| Wednesday, January 7, 2015
U.S. Capitol
Democratic lawmakers kicked off the 114th Congress on Tuesday by reintroducing the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Alaska lawmakers to reintroduce bills prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination

| Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Alaska
Two Alaska state representatives plan to reintroduce separate bills that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Atlanta fire chief who compared homosexuality to bestiality is terminated

DYANA BAGBY and PATRICK SAUNDERS | The GA Voice | Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announces Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, that Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran had been terminated from his position.
Mayor Kasim Reed made the announcement at a press conference at City Hall where he reiterated the city’s nondiscrimination policy that prohibits bias based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Atlanta fire chief suspension ends, is new face of Georgia ‘religious freedom’ fight

DYANA BAGBY | The GA Voice | Monday, January 5, 2015
Kelvin Cochran
Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran returns to his post Tuesday, Jan. 6, following a 30-day suspension without pay for going against city policy by writing a book that included comparing homosexuality to bestiality.

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Man arrested in stabbing of transgender woman in San Francisco

| Monday, January 5, 2015
Samantha Hulsey
Police in San Francisco have arrested a man on suspicion of stabbing a transgender woman as she exited a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus with her partner on Saturday evening.

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Judge to announce verdict next week in Egypt ‘gay bathhouse’ raid trial

| Monday, January 5, 2015
Cairo
The judge in the trial of 26 men arrested in Egypt in a televised raid by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse says he'll announce a verdict next week after only three hearings.

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Same-sex couple kicked out of Uber taxi in London for kissing

| Monday, January 5, 2015
Corey Watts and Jordan Sloan
An Uber spokesperson said the company does not tolerate any form of discrimination and that the driver "has been suspended from the Uber platform.”

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Fort Worth police officers speak out for marriage equality in new TV campaign

| Monday, January 5, 2015
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The ad features Fort Worth police officers talking about why they support the freedom to marry in Texas, and their support for colleague Chris, a detective who wants to someday marry his partner Justin.

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Florida same-sex couples prepare for marriage ban to fall at midnight

| Monday, January 5, 2015
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Florida's ban on marriages between same-sex couples is headed for a midnight end, with wedding vows planned around the state.

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Likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush says marriage should be a state decision

| Monday, January 5, 2015
Jeb Bush
As he considers running for president, former governor Jeb Bush is not offering supportive words about same-sex marriages coming to the state of Florida: "It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision."

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