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Calif. might bar judges from leading Scouts over ban on gay leaders

| Friday, February 7, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — California's judicial branch is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would prohibit judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.

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Pseudo-lesbian pop duo awaits viewers of Sochi Olympics opening

| Friday, February 7, 2014
Mark Humphrey, APRussian duo t.A.T.u. Lena Katina, third from left, and Yulia Volkova, second from left, perform on stage before the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
SOCHI, Russia -- The pseudo-lesbian Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. is performing at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, with a song about two schoolgirls in love.

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Putin: Sports should be focus of Sochi Olympics, not debate over gay rights

| Friday, February 7, 2014
Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, RIA Novosti (AP)Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speak during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin says sports should take center stage during the Winter Olympics and not debate over gay rights.

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Gay Games TV ad offers contrast during Olympics broadcast

| Friday, February 7, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Organizers of the 2014 Gay Games will give viewers of tonight’s Winter Olympics opening ceremonies a subtle reminder of the anti-LGBT atmosphere in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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Bulgaria’s main nationalist party proposes ban on gay pride events

| Friday, February 7, 2014
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SOFIA, Bulgaria –¬ Bulgaria’s right wing party Ataka ("Attack" in Bulgarian) has proposed a draft bill to bans gay pride marches.

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Four gay rights activists arrested in Russia during Olympics protest

| Friday, February 7, 2014
Dmitry Lovetsky, AP
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police have arrested four gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Sochi’s opening show: Let Putin’s games begin

| Friday, February 7, 2014
Morry Gash, APMembers of a Russian honor guard raise an Olympic flag during a welcoming ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, Russia — It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

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Obama: Sending openly gay athletes to Sochi was a ‘very clear’ message

| Friday, February 7, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Thursday that he had included openly gay athletes in the U.S. Olympic delegation to send a message to Russia that the U.S. would not conform to discrimination in sports or anywhere else.

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Olympic viewing: Off-ice issues, terror threats, LGBT rights jump to forefront

| Thursday, February 6, 2014
Pavel Golovkin, APThe Olympic Cauldron, left, is lit during a test between the Bolshoy Ice Dome, top, and the Iceberg Skating Palace, foreground, early Thursday morning, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, prior to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
A day before athletes begin filing in to Sochi's Fisht Stadium for Friday's opening ceremony, NBC is already being tested on how it will cover the two biggest non-sports issues of the Winter Olympics.

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Prosecution deferred for transgender student facing battery charge

| Thursday, February 6, 2014
Jewlyes Gutierrez
HERCULES, Calif. — A transgender teenager facing a misdemeanor battery charge after defending herself from school bullies was in court Thursday and entered into an agreement that allows her to participate in a restorative justice program, which would defer prosecution on the battery charge.

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