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Report: Marriage equality would add $78 million, new jobs to Georgia economy

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Georgia
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Georgia would generate an estimated $78.8 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate more than 900 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 21,318 same-sex ...

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Brad and Angelina getting married is a slap in the face to gay Americans

TIME Magazine | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Brian Moylan at TIME: "I’m sorry, Brangelina, but real fighters for civil rights don’t buckle under pressure when it gets hard. The couple says that their legal union means a lot to the children and that’s why they did it. What about teaching their children about standing up for what you believe in, even when it’s tough and unpopular? ..."

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Orange County, Fla., Catholic GOP mayor supports marriage equality

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Teresa Jacobs
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orange County, Fla., mayor Teresa Jacobs has voiced her support for marriage equality. "I support it," said Jacobs, who is both a Republican and Catholic. "People should be able to share their lives with the person they love. Government should treat these couples the same. Once you establish that, it takes you to marriage equality."

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Judge allows ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser to drop sex abuse lawsuit

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Michael Egan
HONOLULU -- A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new lawyer to represent him.

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Calif. man sues Little Caesars for denying health coverage to same-sex spouses

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- A California man has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza for denying health insurance benefits to employees' same-sex spouses. Frank Bernard, 47, filed the action in state Superior Court in Orange County, Calif., on Wednesday against the nation's third-largest pizza chain...

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Queer Life in Kampala, Uganda

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
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On a trip to Uganda this spring, Slate's Thomas Mainz photographed queer Ugandans to piece together a portrait of their day-to-day lives in the shadow of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. What he learned from them surprised him, even though he had been following the news coming out of Uganda for several years.

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Emails reveal school canceled musical for ‘homosexual themes,’ then lied about it

Think Progress | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Spamalot
Earlier this summer, a northern Pennsylvania high school announced it was canceling a production of the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot next spring because it included a same-sex wedding. Despite the school’s attempt to spin a different rationale, emails procured by Keystone Progress through Pennsylvania’s “Right To Know” law confirm that it was, in fact, canceled for its “homosexual themes.”

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Democrats give Crist easy primary win in bid to once again be Fla. governor

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist waves to supporters while speaking at a victory party after Florida's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is the first person in Florida to win the nomination for governor as a Republican and a Democrat.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in his effort to return to the governor's mansion.

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Tempe voters approve protections for LGBT workers in city charter

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Aerial view of Tempe Butte and Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Voters in Tempe, Ariz., on Tuesday approved a proposition to change the city charter to ban discrimination against LGBT city workers. The vote follows a move by the city council last February approving a citywide ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of housing, employment and public accommodations...

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Sally Kern’s husband loses runoff election for seat in Okla. state Senate

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Steve Kern
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A pastor whose legislator wife has made incendiary comments about minorities and gays has lost a runoff election for a seat in the Oklahoma state Senate. Anesthesiologist Ervin Yen defeated Steve Kern in a runoff election for the Republican nomination to the District 40 Senate seat in Oklahoma City. Yen faces Democrat John Handy Edwards in the...

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