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Gay Scoutmaster refuses to step down, church stands by his decision

Monday, April 7, 2014
Geoffrey McGrath
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America may have revoked his membership, but openly gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath is continuing his role as a leader with the support of his church.

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Kan. gay rights group says tenure proposal could lead to discrimination

Monday, April 7, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The leading gay-rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers.

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Ohio lawmaker renews call for judge’s impeachment over gay marriage ruling

Monday, April 7, 2014
John Becker Ohio
CINCINNATI -- An Ohio state lawmaker has reiterated his call for the impeachment of a federal judge who plans to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages.

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Pope Francis presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

Monday, April 7, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.

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Gay couple becomes the face of same-sex marriage in Utah

Monday, April 7, 2014
Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbeity sit on their couch at their home, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage...

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U.S. Supreme Court declines appeal over N.M. gay bias case

Monday, April 7, 2014
Elaine Huguenin
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.

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Why I identify as ‘Queer’

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Jaime-Jin
Jaime-Jin describes why "being an Asian American, being female, being a transracial adoptee, being a Southerner who was growing up in a religious household" she identifies as "queer."

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Fight over same-sex marriage echoes decades-old battle of Loving v. Virginia

Sunday, April 6, 2014
AP (File)In 1958, two Virginia residents, Mildred Loving, a black woman, and her white husband, Richard Loving (seen here in a Jan.    26, 1965 photo), went to Washington to get married. After they returned to Central Point, their hometown in rural Caroline County north of Richmond, police raided their home and arrested them. They avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia _ the only home they'd known _ for 25 years.  To some people in Virginia, the legal fight over whether same-sex marriages should be allowed has an echo in the state’s old law banning marriage between white and black people.
WASHINGTON — To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state's 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people. But opponents of gay marriage reject the comparison.

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Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

Sunday, April 6, 2014
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NEW YORK — It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

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Openly gay judge on top South African court discusses sexuality, state of nation

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Madelene Cronjé)Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron.
JOHANNESBURG — An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another judge praised Edwin Cameron, loftily describing their workplace as a shrine to democracy but also ribbing the colleague he sees often.

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