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Slovakia president announces referendum on same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Slovakia
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovakia will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic country early next year. President Andrej Kiska announced the referendum Thursday, setting the date for Feb 7. [...]

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Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground over ‘dubious sexuality’

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Winnie the Pooh
TUSZYN, Poland -- Authorities in the Polish town of Tuszyn have blocked a plan to have famed children's character Winnie the Pooh used as the public face of a local playground because the bear is of "dubious sexuality" and "inappropriately dressed" for children because he is "half naked". [...]

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Online community supporting Russian LGBT teens charged with ‘gay propaganda’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Elena Klimova
This week, Russian authorities dealt what may be the greatest blow to LGBT rights advocates since Vladimir Putin signed into law the infamous ban on “gay propaganda in the vicinity of minors.” [...]

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Ireland’s ‘gay’ bull Benjy saved from slaughterhouse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Benjy the bull walks in a field in Couny Mayo Ireland on Sunday Nov. 2, 2014.
DUBLIN -- He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon. Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network said Tuesday that Simon is paying for Benjy's transportation to an animal sanctuary in England. [...]

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Nicolas Sarkozy: France’s same-sex marriage law should be scrapped

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Nicolas Sarkozy
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has embarked on a political comeback and is expected to run again for president in 2017, said Saturday that France's marriage equality law should be scrapped. [...]

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Prison sentence reduced for leader of Russian anti-gay vigilante group

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth into abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, and who is serving five years in prison on unrelated charges, has had his sentence reduced. [...]

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Latvia foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics via Twitter: ‘I proudly announce I’am gay’

Friday, November 7, 2014
Edgars Rinkevics
RIGA, Latvia -- Latvia's Foreign Minister has announced on Twitter that he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual Cabinet member in the Baltic country. Edgars Rinkevics late Thursday wrote a tweet in Latvian in support of legal recognition of gay partnerships with the hashtag "Proudtobegay." He followed up with another [...]

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Russian memorial to Steve Jobs dismantled after Apple CEO comes out

Monday, November 3, 2014
Steve-Jobs-memorial
MOSCOW -- A Russian statue that pays tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been taken down in response to last week's announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook that he is gay. The six foot statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg was dismantled in part [...]

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Gay rights advocates march peacefully in conservative Montenegro

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Members of Montenegro's LGBT community march down a street in Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, protected by hundreds of riot police.
ODGORICA, Montenegro -- Protected by hundreds of riot police, about 200 gay activists marched peacefully on Sunday in Montenegro, a staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership. Carrying banners reading "Let's Love Each Other" or "This is Just Beginning," gay activists gathered in the capital, Podgorica, as police deployed... [...]

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Macedonia: Gay rights activists attacked in Skopje cafe, two wounded

Friday, October 24, 2014
Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Police say about 30 people wearing masks and throwing rocks and bottles have attacked members of a gay rights activist group in Macedonia, wounding two of them. Friday's assault occurred at a coffee shop in the Old Bazaar section of Skopje, the capital, as the LGBT Association [...]

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