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U.S. Embassy denounces plans to adopt anti-gay law in Kyrgyzstan

| Tuesday, October 14, 2014
BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic -- The United States is condemning plans in Kyrgyzstan to adopt an anti-gay propaganda law, a measure that is similar to anti-gay legislation passed in Russia in 2013. Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has begun debating the bill that would introduce tougher punishment for “popularizing homosexual relations” and “propaganda...

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Texas AG says same-sex marriage ban reduces out-of-wedlock births

| Monday, October 13, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says the state's ban on same-sex marriage is in the state's interest because it reduces out-of-wedlock" births. In a brief Friday filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Abbott says legalizing same-sex marriage would would do little or nothing to encourage ...

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Ted Olson v. Tony Perkins on ‘judicial activism’ and marriage equality

| Sunday, October 12, 2014
Ted Olson, attorney for the American Foundation for Equal Rights who successfully argued for marriage equality in California and Virginia cases, versu hate group leader Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, in an appearance today on Fox News Sunday. Says Olson: "We have...

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Teen activist files lawsuit challenging FDA ban on gay blood donors

| Sunday, October 12, 2014
WASHINGTON – A young gay rights activist has filed what is believed to be the first federal lawsuit challenging the U. S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Virginia resident Caleb Laieski, 19, filed his suit Thursday in U.S. District Court, and alleges that the FDA ban is discriminatory and unconstitutional...

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For Matthew Shepard and countless others, the work to erase hate continues

| Sunday, October 12, 2014
Matthew Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father’s wallet.
Sixteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old college freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie. He was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left die on the cold Wyoming prairie. Matthew was discovered 18 hours later, and for the next five days, the world held vigil while Matthew lay in a coma in a hospital in Colorado. And on this day in 1998, at 12:53 a.m., Matthew died — his family by his side.

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Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe officiates at lesbian couple’s wedding

| Saturday, October 11, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe  (D-Va.) presides over the wedding ceremony of Renee Bradley (right) and Katherine Bradley-Black, on Friday, October 10, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe has become the first Virginia governor to preside over a same-sex wedding ceremony. McAuliffe officiated Friday at the wedding of a lesbian couple, Renee Bradley and Katherine Bradley-Black of Northern Virginia, and said he feels honored to be part of the "important occasion."

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Today is National Coming Out Day

| Saturday, October 11, 2014
Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day -- the internationally observed day to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and LGBT civil rights movement.

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SSA offices turning away same-sex couples in new marriage equality states

| Friday, October 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Married, same-sex couples are being turned away at Social Security offices in Utah, and presumably other states where marriage equality became legal this week, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday that effectively overturned gay marriage bans in Utah and four other states.

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Marriage equality advocates urge Arizona AG to stop defending state’s ban

LAUREN LOFTUS | Cronkite News | Friday, October 10, 2014
Supporters rallied outside Thursday as members of the group Why Marriage Matters delivered petitions urging Attorney General Tom Horne to stop defending Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.
PHOENIX – Delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures in a little red wagon, supporters of gay marriage called Thursday for Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his defense of the state’s ban. The wagon belonged to the daughter of Phoenix couple Kevin Patterson and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two pending lawsuits challenging the ban.

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Idaho couples ask U.S. Supreme Court to lift stay, allow same-sex marriages

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban, the attorneys and plaintiffs in Idaho's case gathered for a news conference in front of the James A McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. In front are attorneys Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham, and from left to right behind them are three of the four couples in the case: Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Sharene and Lori Watsen and Rachael and Amber Beierle.
BOISE, Idaho -- Four Idaho couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to begin in accordance with a lower court's ruling earlier this week. Attorneys for the couples filed the opposition to an emergency stay with the high court Wednesday afternoon.

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