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First ever gay group to march openly in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
In this March 17, 2006 file photo, members of the Irish-American gay community protest in New York against the exclusion of gay groups from marching in New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Organizers of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade say they're ending the ban and will allow a gay group to march under its own banner for the first time in 2015.
NEW YORK -- A gay group will march under its own banner for the first time in the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade, organizers said Wednesday. The prohibition on identified gay groups in the centuries-old New York parade had made participation a political issue. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to march this year, and Guinness beer dropped its sponsorship.

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Ill. couple sues cab company after driver tried to kick them out of taxi for kissing

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Matthew McCrea and Steven White
CHICAGO -- An Illinois couple is continuing their fight against a Chicago cab company after they claim a driver tried to kick them out of his taxi for kissing in the backseat. Matthew McCrea and Steven White have filed a lawsuit against Sun Taxi after their original complaint, filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights last October, was dismissed because the department said...

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In light of celebrity hacks, how to protect data when its stored in the ‘cloud’

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The theft of nude photographs from celebrities' online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and blamed it on intruders who were able to figure out usernames and passwords and bypass...

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Remembering LGBT health advocate Andrew Cray

Think Progress | Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Last Thursday, August 28, the LGBT movement suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Andrew Cray. Andy had been struggling with cancer since October 2013. But before his diagnosis, and even during his treatment and the period of remission that was all too brief, Andy was a pivotal figure in the struggle for LGBT rights. Despite the too few years we had with him, he was a champion...

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Contradictions on same-sex marriage ill-serve Hoosiers

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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As a representative serving in Congress, Mike Pence was a strong advocate for a constitutional same-sex marriage ban. Earlier this year, as governor of Indiana, Pence repeated his support for "traditional marriage" and urged legislators to act on a state ban on gay marriage. But in recent months, as gay marriage has become a rapidly developing issue in the Hoosier state...

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Transgender rights group sues S.C. over teen’s driver’s license photo

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Chase Culpepper
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An organization that supports transgender rights has filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina after it refused to issue a driver's license to a 16-year-old gender non-conforming teen unless he took off his makeup. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund filed the lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of Chase Culpepper...

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It’s time for the Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
J. Scott Applewhite, AP
It's unusual when the winners of a case ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of their victory. But that is exactly the plea being made by lawyers for same-sex couples who successfully challenged bans on such unions in Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah. And for good reasons. Although some same-sex couples have been able to enjoy the protections of marriage ...

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N.Y. farm will no longer host weddings rather than allow same-sex ceremonies

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- The owners of an upstate New York farm who were ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and restitution for refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding say they will discontinue hosting all weddings rather than accommodate same-sex wedding ceremonies. Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of the Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y., "have decided...

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Mexican state of Coahuila legalizes same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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SALTILLO, Coahuila, Mexico -- The Congress of the Mexican state of Coahuila has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The congress on Monday voted 19-1 to alter more than 40 parts of the state's civil code to make marriage gender neutral, making Coahuila the first state in Mexico to legalize same-sex marriage through its state legislature.

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Law firm takes ‘immediate and severe’ action over lawyer’s anti-gay email

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Walter Kubitz
MANASSAS, Va. -- A Virginia law firm says it has taken “immediate and severe” action against an attorney who railed against same-sex marriage in company-wide email, in which he also referred to AIDS as the "gay plague."

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