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LGBT advocacy groups give Obama’s immigration order a lukewarm reception

Friday, November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that he is issuing an executive order to take action on immigration, including temporarily protecting about 5 million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, was met with a lukewarm reception from LGBT rights groups.

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Matthew Shepard’s parents head to Russia on advocacy mission

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Judy and Dennis Shepard
NEW YORK -- The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Friday to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread. The centerpiece of their five-day trip is a gay film festival in St. Petersburg at ...

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Co-founder of HRC, former boyfriend charged with felony sex abuse of minor

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Terrance Bean (left) and Kiah Loy Lawson
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A prominent gay rights activist who co-founded the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Fund, and his former boyfriend, have been arrested on charges of sex abuse in a case involving a 15-year-old boy.

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‘19 Kids’ star Josh Duggar leads anti-gay marriage rally at Arkansas capitol

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Josh Duggar of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," now Executive Director of FRC Action, speaks at an ant-gay marriage rally in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Opponents of same-sex marriage rallied at the Arkansas state Capitol on Wednesday, demanding that the state Supreme Court not overturn a 2004 ballot measure that defines marriage in Arkansas as being between one man and one woman.

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Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble supports marriage equality

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Procter & Gamble, makers of some of the world's best known brands -- including Charmin, Crest, Gillette, Pampers, and Tide -- said Tuesday it openly supports same-sex marriage.

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Former reparative therapy leader John Smid marries same-sex partner

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
John Smid (right) and husband Larry McQueen, displaying their marriage license.
John Smid, the former Executive Director of Love in Action — an ex-gay Christian ministry that purported to “restore those trapped” in homosexuality — has married his same-sex partner in Oklahoma.

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Pope reinforces ‘traditional’ family values in opening religious conference

Monday, November 17, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said Monday that children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, emphasizing traditional family values as he opened an interreligious conference on the "complementarity" of men and women in marriage.

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Rob Portman’s political future now tied to his support for marriage equality

Monday, November 17, 2014
This family portrait provided by the office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman shows, from left, his son, Will; wife, Jane; Sen. Portman; daughter, Sally, and son, Jed in Terrace Park, Ohio. Portman, who was on Mitt Romney's running mate short list in 2012 is considering his own 2016 presidential run. But such a plan could be complicated by the fallout from his newfound support for same-sex marriage when he learned his son Will is gay - the reversal upset some conservatives who oppose it.
LEBANON, Ohio -- For better or for worse, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's political future has become tied to same-sex marriage. The Republican who was on Mitt Romney's running mate short list two years ago is considering his own 2016 presidential run. But such a plan could be complicated by the fallout from Portman's newfound support for same-sex marriage...

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Colin Farrell pleads for marriage equality in Ireland: ‘This is personal to me’

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Colin Farrell (right) with his brother Eamon
Actor Colin Farrell writes in this week’s Sunday World a personal appeal to the people of Ireland to vote in favor of marriage equality. In the heartfelt plea, Farrell recalls how his older brother Eamon was bullied as a child for being gay, and that it is “insane” that his brother had to travel to another country to get married.

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Hate group leader Tony Perkins to join gay marriage foes at Vatican meeting

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Tony Perkins
Next week, American Religious Right leaders including the Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore, pastor Rick Warren, Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput, and Latter-Day Saints official Henry Eyring will be joining opponents of LGBT equality from around the world at an interfaith conference on the “complementarity of man and woman in marriage” hosted by the Vatican.

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