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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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Two teens charged in hate crime attack on gay man in Florida

| Monday, April 6, 2015
Dennis (left) and Deandre Florence
Police in Orlando, Fla., said a 32-year-old man who was attacked last month by two teenage brothers and several others was targeted because he's gay.

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New York, Connecticut governors lift bans on state-funded travel to Indiana

| Sunday, April 5, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Saturday lifted their bans on some state-funded travel to Indiana, citing changes made to a religious-objections law that had spurred concern about anti-gay discrimination.

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Jason Collins proud of NCAA for speaking out against Indiana law

| Sunday, April 5, 2015
Derrick Gordon, left, the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player, and Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player pose for a photo, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis, the site for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament.
Jason Collins says he is proud of the NCAA's "bold" leadership against Indiana's religious objections law, and the association should avoid putting future Final Fours in states that do not protect the rights of LGBT individuals.

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Former televangelist attacks Florida bakery to make a point about religious freedom

| Saturday, April 4, 2015
Cut the Cake bakery in Longwood, Fla.
A Florida bakery is turning the tables on an Arizona evangelist who posted an online video attacking the bakery when it refused to provide a cake decorated with the words "'We do not support gay marriage."

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Michigan couple seeks immediate marriage recognition as spouse’s illness worsens

| Saturday, April 4, 2015
Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan on their wedding day, Dec. 7, 2013, in New York City.
A same-sex couple is asking a federal court to order Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage immediately as one man's fight with brain cancer worsens.

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