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LGBT activism growing in conservative Florida Panhandle

Friday, November 28, 2014
Attorney Sara Latshaw, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Northwest Florida office and organizer of the domestic registry campaign, in Pensacola Fla. The domestic registry measure passed 8-1 in December 2013. Latshaw and other Florida gay rights activists say it was just one example of how rapidly attitudes toward the gay and lesbian community have softened in the state’s most-conservative region, changes that bode well for a statewide push for gay marriage.
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- In conservative Pensacola, Sara Latshaw feared her months-long campaign to get the city council to recognize domestic partnerships was about to fail. Looking at 17 scheduled speakers during a public discussion just before the December 2013 vote, she knew 10 were supporters but didn't know the others. [...]

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Iowa governor deposed in discrimination case of gay former state administrator

Friday, November 28, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- This was probably not the way Gov. Terry Branstad wanted to spend his Thanksgiving week: Being questioned under oath for hours about his treatment of a gay former state administrator. [...]

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Austria politician tells Pope Francis to speak up for same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
STRASBOURG, France -- A prominent, openly lesbian politician from Austria presented Pope Francis with a rainbow scarf on Tuesday, and called on the Pontiff to speak up for women’s rights and same-sex marriage. [...]

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UK politician: Gays have 20,000 sex partners in their ‘short, miserable lives’

Friday, November 28, 2014
Lord Christopher Monckton
LONDON -- The former leader of the right-wing UK Independent Party and one-time advisor to Margaret Thatcher, has declared that gay men have up to 20,000 sexual partners in their "short, miserable lives" before dying young of AIDS-related illnesses. [...]

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Inaugural poet Richard Blanco returns to Miami in new memoir

Friday, November 28, 2014
Richard Blanco, author of "The Prince of Los Cocuyos." Blanco, Barack Obama's 2013 inaugural poet, grew up in Miami, gathering experiences and stories as the son of Cuban exiles that would lay the foundation for his written work and inspire his new memoir.
MIAMI -- In Richard Blanco's Miami, memories linger outside coffee windows and in Cuban grocery store aisles. Barack Obama's 2013 inaugural poet grew up here, gathering experiences and stories as the son of Cuban exiles that would lay the foundation for his written work and inspire his new memoir, "The [...]

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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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Arkansas clerk ready to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Danny Johnston, AP
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FILE - In this May12, 2014, file photo,
Couples line up to file paperwork for marriage licenses at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., on May 12, 2014, after the state's largest county began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A top official in Arkansas' most populous county said Wednesday that his office is prepared to issue licenses if same-sex marriage returns to the Bible Belt. Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane's statements came a day after a federal judge tossed the state's gay marriage ban, saying [...]

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ACLU revises Kansas same-sex marriage lawsuit to raise new claims

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union revised on Wednesday its lawsuit over gay marriage in Kansas to include claims that the state is refusing to recognize unions performed in Kansas and other states. The group's amended complaint seeks to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages for spousal [...]

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Heart stent for Ginsburg revives talk of liberal jurist’s time left on court

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her hospitalization - just three weeks after elections handed Republicans control of [...]

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Detroit nurses challenging Michigan gay marriage ban adopt 4th child

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Hazel Park nurses April DeBoer, left and Jayne Rowse, kiss 2-year-old Rylee DeBoer-Rowse during Michigan Adoption Day at the Oakland County Court House in Pontiac, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The Detroit-area nurses, who are challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage, finalized their adoption of Rylee, their fourth adopted child.
HAZEL PARK, Mich. -- Two Detroit-area nurses who are challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage are raising a fourth adopted child. The adoption of 2-year-old Rylee DeBoer-Rowse became final in Oakland County on Tuesday, a day when adoptions were publicly celebrated across Michigan. [...]

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