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Pope Francis chooses moderate bishop to lead Chicago archdiocese

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
Bishop Blase Cupich
As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road. He has spoken out against same-sex marriage and against conservative hostility toward gay rights advocates. He has opposed abortion, while urging parishioners and priests to have patience, not disdain, for those who disagree...

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Marriage equality supporters condemn use of kids’ photos at anti-gay rally

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, opponents of gay marriage hold a rally the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Utah are condemning opponents they accuse of exploiting the children of same-sex couples by using their photos as propaganda at an anti-gay marriage rally. Leaders of Utah Celebration of Marriage projected the images on a screen at a rally held Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda to show support ...

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Marriage equality coalition asks DOJ to recognize 3 state’s same-sex unions

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group of more than 50 groups supporting marriage equality, on Friday asked the U.S Department of Justice to ensure federal recognition of same-sex couples who were legally married in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin after those bans were declared unconstitutional.

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A letter to the ‘Christian’ grandmother advocating homophobic books for teens

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
teen-books
Laurie Higgins is a Christian grandmother with a limited professional background (according to her bio). She has worked as “cultural analyst” for The Illinois “Family” Institute for six years, and before that was employed in the “writing center” for a high school. I am not exactly sure what the job qualifications are to be a “cultural analyst” but whatever they are, they have not won Ms. Higgins many friends...

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Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling to end same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lambda Legal has filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, seeking a summary judgment to end the U.S. commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents ...

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Same-sex marriage opponents hold rally at Utah state capitol

| Friday, September 19, 2014
In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, opponents of same-sex marriage hold a rally the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Several hundred people gathered to show their opposition to increasingly widespread acceptance of gay marriage Thursday at the Utah State Capitol, lamenting the harm done to children raised by gay and lesbian parents. They held signs declaring "biology is not bigotry" and "two moms don't equal a dad," The Salt Lake Tribune reported...

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S.D. man left bloody, bruised after telling woman not to use gay slur

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Drew Bartscher
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A South Dakota man says he was just doing the right thing when told a passer-by on the street not to use anti-gay slurs, but what happened next left him bloody and bruised. Drew Bartscher, 27, says he was in crowd with two of his friends outside a tavern in Sioux Falls early Sunday morning when he heard a woman use a derogatory term for gays.

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Church denies Communion to married, same-sex couple; suggests they divorce

| Friday, September 19, 2014
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lewistown, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after a new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off a split that has cut attendance at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown...

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Va. House Republicans aim to hire lawyer to defend same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday approved a resolution that includes language that would allow the branch to hire legal counsel to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, something Attorney General Mark Herring has chosen not to do.

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Transgender teen crowned Homecoming King at Texas high school

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Homecoming King Mel Gonzales (right) with Queen Mercedes Mackay (left).
HOUSTON -- A Houston-area high school is the latest to crown a transgender teen as homecoming royalty. Mel Gonzales, a transgender student at at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas, was crowned Homecoming King last week.

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