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Australia lawmaker: Gay marriage ban a ‘bizarre misappropriation of power’

Monday, July 14, 2014
David-Leyonhjelm
An Australian lawmaker is challenging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Members of Parliament a free vote on same-sex marriage and said he would introduce legislation to amend the federal marriage act as soon as that happens. Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm said he hopes the “closet libertarians” in Parliament [...]

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Transgender girl moved to male facility following alleged assault

Monday, July 14, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A transgender girl has been moved to Connecticut's juvenile home for boys after she was accused of assault, the latest transfer of a troubled teenager who was sent to a psychiatric facility after supporters protested her confinement in a women's prison without criminal charges. The Department of [...]

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Archie to be shot saving gay best friend in comic book series conclusion

Monday, July 14, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of "Life with Archie" when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character. Andrews' death, [...]

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The reluctant activist, and a S.C. town that fought back for their gay police chief

Monday, July 14, 2014
Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore stands beside her police SUV on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Latta, S.C. Residents of Latta rallied around Moore after the mayor fired her and mentioned he didn't like she was gay, even voting to strip the mayor of his power so Moore could get her job back.
LATTA, S.C. -- When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her "lifestyle" as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a [...]

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How punk music and feminism changed a young life

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Rudy-Garcia
Rudy Garcia of East L.A. says that when he was young, he never quite felt like the "normal" kid. Although his migrant parents pressured the youngest of their eight children to be the embodiment of the American dream, Rudy was more interested in punk-rock music, feminism, and 'zine culture. [...]

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Christian university expels student for marrying her same-sex partner

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Christian Minard
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma college student just one semester away from completing her degree has been expelled by a Christian university for marrying her same-sex partner. Christian Minard says she received a letter from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., notifying her of her expulsion after marrying her [...]

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Holder: DOJ prepared to urge Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

Sunday, July 13, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is prepared to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans across the country should the high court take up one of the challenges currently before the federal appellate courts. [...]

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Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe: ‘I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man’

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ian Thorpe
Australian Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe comes out as gay in a television interview airing Sunday evening in Australia, reports the Daily Telegraph. Thorpe's announcement follows more than a decade of denials — the first of which came just as his career skyrocketed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when [...]

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Christian university gets religious exemption to deny transgender student housing

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Jayce Marcus
NEWBERG, Ore. — The U.S. Department of Education has granted a Christian university a religious exemption from federal anti-discrimination laws after a transgender student filed a discrimination complaint because the school would not allowing him to live in the men’s dormitories. George Fox University obtained the exemption in its effort [...]

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Italian mayor wants to ban public kissing between same-sex couples

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Gianluca Buonanno
The mayor of the town of Borgosesia in northern Italy, says he wants to ban public displays of affection between members of the same-sex. Gianluca Buonanno, a member of the Italian parliament for the right-wing Northern League party, has proposed that same-sex couples who kiss in public be fined 500 [...]

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