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Reports: Barry Manilow marries longtime business manager Garry Kief

| Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Barry Manilow
The 71-year-old singer, who has never publicly acknowledged being gay, exchanged vows in surprise ceremony at his Palm Springs home last year, according to reports.

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Florida poised to repeal 38-year-old ban on gay adoption

| Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Florida is poised to repeal its nearly 40-year-old ban on gay adoption, and in a stunning turnaround Wednesday, the state Senate blocked efforts to allow agencies to refuse adoptions by same-sex couples on religious or moral grounds.

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Florida bakery may sue Arizona evangelist over anti-gay cake request, recording

| Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Joshua Feuerstein
An Arizona man who caused controversy after his request to a Florida bakery to make a cake with an anti-gay marriage message, says he is being unfairly portrayed, while the bakery says it's considering legal action against him.

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Springfield, Mo., voters repeal LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

COLIN MURPHY | Boom Magazine | Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Springfield, Mo.
With more than 97 percent of the votes tallied, 51.4 percent of voters opted to repeal the ordinance, while 48.5 percent voted to retain the measure.

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Several Texas lawmakers, top business leaders vow to kill proposed anti-LGBT bills

| Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
Several Texas lawmakers and top business leaders vowed Tuesday to kill two proposed constitutional amendments they say will promote anti-LGBT discrimination and could lead to backlash similar to recent reactions in Indiana and Arkansas.

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Volunteer firefighters face charges for sexually penetrating trainee during ‘hazing’ incident

| Tuesday, April 7, 2015
From top left: Alec Miller, 28; Preston Peyrot, 19; Keith Wisakowsky, 26. From bottom left: Brittany Parten, 23; Casey Stafford, 30 and Jerold Tucker, 19.
Six individuals, including five volunteer firefighters are facing criminal charges in Ellis County, Texas, after a trainee reported he had been sexually penetrated with a sausage during a "hazing" incident.

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Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal supports bill allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT people

| Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, rumored to be mulling a 2016 GOP presidential bid, says he will support a controversial religious freedom bill filed by a state legislator last week.

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Kentucky’s Rand Paul, who says same-sex marriage is the result of a moral crisis, is running for president

| Tuesday, April 7, 2015
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has entered the campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination with a declaration that he's running for the White House to "return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."

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Ted Cruz threatens to strip federal courts of jurisdiction over marriage equality

| Monday, April 6, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
U.S. Sen. Tex Cruz (R-Texas), so far the only announced GOP candidate for president, on Monday threatened to prod Congress to strip the federal courts of its jurisdiciton of marriage cases if the U.S. Supreme Court rules this summer in favor of marriage equality.

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Santorum invokes Westboro’s ‘God hates fags’ slogan to defend religious freedom laws

| Monday, April 6, 2015
Rick Santorum
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), on Sunday said he supports “religious freedom” laws like those in Indiana and Arkansas, and that they are not meant to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

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