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Malawi president pardons gay couple

Monjeza (left) and Chimbalanga
A gay couple in Malawi sentenced to 14 years hard labor for holding the country’s first same-sex engagement were pardoned Saturday after a meeting between the president and the UN Secretary General. President Bingu wa Mutharika announced his pardon of ...

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Obama declares June ‘LGBT Pride Month’ in presidential proclamation

On Friday, President Obama declared June as “Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and transgender Pride Month, “and called upon Americans to “renew our commitment to the struggle for equal rights for LGBT Americans and to ending prejudice and injustice wherever it exists.” ...

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U.S. House vote on Pentagon policy advances effort to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The U.S. House approved a measure Friday that includes a provision to allow the Defense Department to repeal the 17-year-old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military. By a vote of 229-186 that split largely ...

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Outed California lawmaker changes course on anti-gay voting record

A California state lawmaker who was forced to reveal he is gay after a recent arrest for drunken driving spoke out passionately in favor of gay rights during a legislative session Thursday, urging his fellow senators to “rise above discrimination” ...

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House passes amendment to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — Obama hails Congress’ efforts

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday night to authorize the Defense Department to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military, clearing another hurdle toward dismantling the 1993 law widely known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The ...

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Senate committee votes to add ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal to Defense budget

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday voted to repeal the ban on openly gay serve members, a major step toward dismantling the Clinton-era policy widely known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as part of the annual defense authorization bill. ...

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Lawmakers, gay rights advocates say they have the votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Lawmakers and gay-rights activists predicted Wednesday that both the Senate and House will have enough votes to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on openly gay service members. According to The Hill: Legislation to scrap the ban on openly ...

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California’s Harvey Milk Day first ever state recognition of LGBT person in U.S. history

Harvey Milk
Saturday marks Harvey Milk Day in California, the first official State Day of Recognition for an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person in our nation’s history. Last year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Harvey Milk Day bill, ...

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Malawi gay couple gets 14 years hard labor for violating ‘order of nature’

Monjeza (left) and Chimbalanga
A Malawi gay couple was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison with hard labour, after being convicted of sodomy for holding the country’s first same-sex wedding. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were arrested on December 28 after ...

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Suspect pleads guilty in brutal slaying of gay teen in Puerto Rico

Mercado (left) was murdered by Matos on November 12, 2009
The man accused of the brutal murder of a gay teenager in Puerto Rico last November pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Juan José Martínez Matos, who had been scheduled to go on trial ...

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