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Atlantic Beach, Fla., advances LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — An city ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression cleared its first hurdle Monday in the northeast Florida city of Atlantic Beach. In a 3-2 vote, commissioners voted for the ordinance which protects LGBT residents and tourists against discrimination in the areas of... [ Read more → ]
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Croatia approves civil partnerships for same-sex couples

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
ZAGREB, Croatia -- The Eastern European country of Croatia on Tuesday approved a law granting civil partnerships for same-sex couples. The Life Partnership Act, approved by the Croatian parliament by a vote of 89-16, grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as marriage, with the exception of adoption. [ Read more → ]
California Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he’s the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.

Gay GOP candidate for U.S. House faces criticism from opposing camps

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations. He's too open about his sexual orientation for some social conservatives, but too far to the right and too quiet on social issues ... [ Read more → ]
Billy Bean

Major League Baseball appoints Billy Bean ‘ambassador’ for inclusion

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball has appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement Tuesday before the All-Star game. Joining Bean and Selig at a news conference was ... [ Read more → ]
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Large-scale government health survey reports on gay, bisexual Americans

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Less than 3 percent of U.S. adults identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation. The National Health Interview Survey, released Tuesday by U.S. Centers for Disease Control, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves... [ Read more → ]
Rev. Charles Moore

Retired Methodist pastor commits suicide to protest racism, homophobia

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A retired United Methodist pastor who spent much of his life fighting against racial injustice, homophobia and the death penalty, has committed suicide in what was intended as a final protest and an act to inspire change. Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in the parking lot of a strip mall in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas... [ Read more → ]
David-Leyonhjelm

Australia lawmaker: Gay marriage ban a ‘bizarre misappropriation of power’

Monday, July 14, 2014
An Australian lawmaker is challenging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Members of Parliament a free vote on same-sex marriage and said he would introduce legislation to amend the federal marriage act as soon as that happens. Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm said he hopes the “closet libertarians” in Parliament will support him... [ Read more → ]
Christian Minard

Christian university expels student for marrying her same-sex partner

Sunday, July 13, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma college student just one semester away from completing her degree has been expelled by a Christian university for marrying her same-sex partner. Christian Minard says she received a letter from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., notifying her of her expulsion after marrying her partner... [ Read more → ]
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder: DOJ prepared to urge Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

Sunday, July 13, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is prepared to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans across the country should the high court take up one of the challenges currently before the federal appellate courts. [ Read more → ]
Ian Thorpe

Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe: ‘I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man’

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Australian Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe comes out as gay in a television interview airing Sunday evening in Australia, reports the Daily Telegraph. Thorpe's announcement follows more than a decade of denials — the first of which came just as his career skyrocketed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when he was just 15. [ Read more → ]
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