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Ireland goes to the polls to vote on marriage equality

Friday, May 22, 2015
Members of the Yes Equality campaign begin canvassing in the center of Dublin, Ireland, Thursday May 21, 2015. People from across the Republic of Ireland will vote Friday in a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, a vote that pits the power of the Catholic Church against the secular-minded Irish government of Enda Kenny.
Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring same-sex marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. [...]

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Judge again rules gay couples across Alabama have right to marry, puts decision on hold

Thursday, May 21, 2015
US-District-Judge-Callie-Granade
A federal judge has again ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Josh Duggar resigns from anti‑gay hate group amid reports he molested five girls as a teenager

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of the accusations becoming public. [...]

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ACLU sues Michigan over driver’s licenses for transgender individuals

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Michigan
Six transgender Michigan residents sued the state Thursday over its strict policy on changing gender identities on driver's licenses. [...]

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Alabama GOP leader says ‘religious freedom’ bills targeting gays likely dead

Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said Thursday that he believes religious freedom bills that target gays and lesbians are likely dead for the legislative session. [...]

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Appeals court delays transgender inmate’s surgery after panel recommends parole

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Michelle-Lael Norsworthy
The separate decisions make it less likely that convicted killer Michelle-Lael Norsworthy will receive prison-funded sex reassignment surgery before she is released. [...]

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New Orleans mayor blasts Jindal with counter executive order protecting LGBT individuals

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Mitch Landrieu
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu responded to Gov. Bobby Jindal's controversial religious objections executive order by issuing an order of his own. [...]

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Texas House approves bill protecting clergy from officiating same-sex unions

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The Texas state House is has given preliminary approval to a GOP-backed bill allowing clergy members to refuse to perform marriages that violate their beliefs. [...]

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Critics bash Jindal over ‘religious freedom’ executive order

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
"Arrogant" and "cynical" — that's what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal immigration. [...]

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Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults no longer sustainable

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Robert Gates
The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as a national movement." [...]

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