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Local police chief’s daughter among those charged in gay couple’s beating

| Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Katherine Knott
PHILADELPHIA -- The daughter of a suburban Philadelphia police chief is among the three individuals who have turned themselves in to police to face charges in the beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter on a city street earlier this month. Police say Philip Williams, 24, Katherine Knott, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, surrendered Wednesday morning....

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Michaud poised to make history in Maine without the help of gay donors

| Wednesday, September 24, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a rally after the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud of Maine is poised to make history in November by becoming the first openly gay candidate ever elected governor of a state. But if victorious, Michaud -- who came out as gay last year -- will have gotten there with little help from the nation’s most elite LGBT donors and professional activists.

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Houston mayor Annise Parker on ‘short list’ for World’s Best Mayor award

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Houston Mayor Annise Parker has made the official short list for the 2014 World Mayor Prize, an international contest for the best mayor in the world. The global honor is given to mayors who exemplify a host of leadership qualities such as honesty, leadership, vision, integrity, social and economic awareness and fostering good relations among ...

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Jimmy Carter on LGBT rights: Jesus didn’t discriminate

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Jimmy-Carter
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter drew cheers Monday for his remarks supporting human rights and the LGBT community. Carter, 89, speaking to a packed house at Grand Rapids Community College, responded to one particular question about LGBT rights, and had this response: "I never knew of any word or action of...

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Pa. lawmaker comes out as gay amid push for LGBT hate crimes law

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Jim Ferlo
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania state lawmaker announced Tuesday that he is gay amid a push by legislators to advance a hate crime bill that includes protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. At a news conference to promote the legislation, State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Pittsburgh), who drafted the Senate version of the bill...

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Chad latest African country to consider anti-gay legislation

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country. The rights group said Tuesday that amendments to the penal code proposed by the government would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine ranging from $100 and $1,000.

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Gay couple’s park wedding interrupted by string of homophobic slurs

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- An Arizona couple is speaking out, denouncing those responsible for a string of homophobic slurs that interrupted their wedding ceremony in a San Diego-area park last month. Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson – frequent visitors to San Diego – picked Coronado's Centennial Park for their Aug. 17 wedding, attended by dozens ...

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Report: Bisexual youth face skepticism, harassment, struggle for acceptance

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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WASHINGTON - A new report released Tuesday finds that 40 percent of more than 10,000 LGBT youth surveyed by the organization identify as bisexual -- and many of them say they face more challenges coming out and gaining acceptance than their lesbian and gay peers.

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Texas woman in same-sex marriage denied driver’s license

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Connie Wilson (right) with her spouse Aimee (center) and their son Aidyn.
KATY, Texas -- A Houston-area resident who recently relocated to Texas has been refused a driver’s license because her last name was changed following her same-sex marriage. The Texas Observer reports that Connie Wilson, who married her partner of nine years in California last year, took her wife’s last name, Wilson, which now appears on both her...

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Judge in Louisiana rules same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

| Monday, September 22, 2014
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A judge in Louisiana has ruled the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The ruling by a state judge comes in a case brought by a same-sex couple married out-of-state who are seeking to have their marriage recognized in Louisiana for purposes of adoption.

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