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Rome mayor registers 16 gay marriages in open defiance of Italy’s government

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
Rome gay marriages
ROME -- The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad in open defiance of Italy's government. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations of gay marriages ...

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Estonia becomes first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tallinn, Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonia on Thursday became the first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships, while Kyrgyzstan - another ex-Soviet republic thousands of kilometers east - considers anti-gay legislation. The parallel moves reflect starkly divergent paths taken by the countries that once were parts of the Soviet empire.

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Serbia LGBT pride march takes place undisturbed as riot police stand guard

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
Members of Serbia's LGBT community wave flags during the Pride March in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Waving rainbow-colored flags, several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade on Sunday thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police. The march advanced for only several hundred meters through the empty Belgrade streets where shops were closed and public transport was stopped....

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Head of Serbia church denounces planned gay pride march

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- The head of Serbia's influential Christian Orthodox church on Tuesday denounced a gay pride march planned for the weekend, adding to tensions over the event, which has faced threats from extremists. Patriarch Irinej said in a statement that the "shameless" event casts a moral shadow on Serbia — a conservative ...

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French court extends adoption rights to married, lesbian couples

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Court-of-Cassation
PARIS -- France's highest court has ruled that married lesbian couples are allowed to adopt their spouse's child born through in vitro fertilization or other medically assisted reproduction. The Cour de Cassation's ruling is a consequence of the legalization of same-sex marriage in France last year.

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Brutal attack leaves German gay rights activist with life-threatening injuries

| Saturday, September 13, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said. The identity of the 27-year-old man has not been released. Jovanka Todorovic, from the Labris gay and lesbian group,

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Moscow forum attended by U.S. activists calls for more ‘gay propaganda’ bans

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Constantin Malofeev’s group has posted photos on Facebook of one of Thursday's panels, indicating National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown (far left) in attendance.
This week’s international gathering of anti-gay, anti-abortion-rights activists in Moscow ended with delegates issuing a proclamation that blasts liberal social policies in Western countries and calls for Russian-style “homosexual propaganda” bans to be passed throughout the world, according to the foundation run by Russian oligarch Constantin Malofeev,

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Lesbian dance instructor found murdered in St. Petersburg, Russia

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ekaterina Khomenko
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A lesbian dance instructor was found murdered in her car in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Sunday, reported QueerRussia. Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, who was known in the local LGBT community as an instructor of tango for same-sex couples, was found with a 9 cm slit in her throat. Police are now treating her death ...

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Delay in allowing same-sex civil unions draws protests in Greece

| Friday, September 5, 2014
A lesbian couple Christina, left, and Ioanna hold a banner that reads ''Same taxes, same rights'' during a protest outside Greece's Parliament in Athens on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights protesters have gathered outside Greece's parliament after the government said it would delay legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, despite a recent European court ruling against the country on the issue. About 500 people joined the peaceful protest in central Athens Friday, held while lawmakers prepared to vote on an anti-racism bill.

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Berlin’s first openly gay mayor to resign by end of year

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Klaus Wowereit
BERLIN -- Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating over struggles in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, said Tuesday he will step down by the end of the year. Wowereit told reporters he would resign Dec. 11 after more than 13 years in office.

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