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Trial ordered for Minn. man accused of killing ex-boyfriend, business partner

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Lyle-Marvin-Hoffman
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota man will stand trial for allegedly killing his ex-boyfriend and business partner at a suburban St. Paul gas station. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports a judge found probable cause Friday for the case to move to trial. [...]

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Methodist church to hear appeal of pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, then re-instated by an appeals panel in June. That decision has since been appealed to the Judicial Council, the church’s highest court.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Methodist church's highest court will decide later this month whether a minister who officiated his gay son's wedding can keep his pastoral credentials. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was defrocked following a church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania last year, then re-instated by an appeals panel in June. That [...]

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Debate over marriage equality splinters Republican ranks into 3 camps

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei speaks to supporters in Wakefield, Mass., on Jan. 23, 2014, as he announces he will run for the state's 6th Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Tierney. Tisei is one of three openly gay Republicans nationwide running in this year's midterm elections for Congress.
NEW YORK -- As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps. There's a small but growing number who favor legalizing gay marriage, a hard-core faction that continues to denounce it, and a sizable group in between that seems to wish [...]

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Hungarian nationals arrested in gay sex trafficking in South Florida

Friday, October 3, 2014
Viktor Berki, left, and Andras Janos Vass.
MIAMI -- Three Hungarian nationals are facing sex trafficking charges after authorities say they lured young gay Hungarian men to South Florida and forced them into prostitution. WTVJ-TV reports that the suspected ringleaders — Gabor Acs, Viktor Berki and Andras Janos Vass — were charged in Miami-Dade state court with [...]

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Louisiana State University launches LGBT minor program

Friday, October 3, 2014
Louisiana State University
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana State University has launched a new, 18-credit-hour LGBT minor program. Elaine M. Maccio, an associate professor in the School of Social Work who designed the program, said the courses seek to examine LGBT issues through multiple lenses, including race, religion, class and disability... [...]

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Ohio man sentenced to 18 years to life for murder of transgender woman

Friday, October 3, 2014
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- An Ohio man was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life after he admitted to gunning down a transgender woman last December. Prosecutors said Delshawn Carroll, 20, shot and killed Brittany Stergis, 22, on Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing. [...]

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Gay rights group to protest Gordon College ban on ‘homosexual behavior’

Friday, October 3, 2014
Gordon College, Wenham, Mass.
BOSTON -- Gay rights advocates will be rallying during Gordon College's homecoming to call on the college to eliminate its ban against "homosexual behavior." OneGordon, an association of gay alumni, students and staff, will protest on the campus quad Saturday while homecoming events are taking place. [...]

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Judge rules Missouri must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Friday, October 3, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states, a state judge ruled Friday, saying the state's constitution and laws banning the unions are unconstitutional. The order by Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs means that such couples will be eligible [...]

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Scalia: U.S. Supreme Court will consider marriage equality ‘soon, soon’

Friday, October 3, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hinted Wednesday that the high court will consider the issue of same-sex marriage -- "soon." Scalia was fielding questions Wednesday evening following a speech at the University of Colorado when he was asked if the court will take up the question of whether state [...]

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General Mills makes bold, pro-gay move with Cheerios ad featuring gay parents

Friday, October 3, 2014
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In its boldest, pro-gay move yet, General Mills is launching a new Cheerios campaign in Canada with a television ad centering around a same-sex couple and their daughter. The “Cheerios Effect” campaign will include nearly a dozen videos on the internet and TV ranging from 15 seconds to three-minute mini-documentaries, [...]

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