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The five worst religious right claims about safe schools initiatives

Friday, April 11, 2014
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In honor of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence today – an annual event meant to draw attention to the “silencing effects” of anti-gay harassment and name-calling in schools – Right Wing Watch is re-releasing a collection of some of the most troubling recent claims from the Religious Right about safe schools initiatives.

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Utah AG says defense of state’s gay marriage ban is not about hate

Friday, April 11, 2014
Sean Reyes
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday during a rally of gay marriage opponents that his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.

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Harvey Milk stamp to be dedicated at White House ceremony on May 22

Friday, April 11, 2014
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The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk "Forever" stamp will take place at the White House May 22, the U.S. Postal Service announced Friday.

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Nevada Republican party mulls social issues’ place in platform

Friday, April 11, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Republicans meeting for a statewide convention in Las Vegas will decide this weekend whether to follow the lead of the state's largest county and strip hot-button social issues from the party platform.

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UN conference provokes heated debate on gay rights

Friday, April 11, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said.

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Hate group leader Peter LaBarbera detained at Canadian airport

Friday, April 11, 2014
Peter LaBarbera
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- The leader of a U.S.-based anti-gay group was detained by Canadian Border Services officials on Thursday at the Regina, Saskatchewan airport.

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Cab drivers quit over promotional ads for Cleveland’s Gay Games

Friday, April 11, 2014
Gay Games taxi roof ad.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than a dozen taxi drivers are dropping out of a dedicated cab service at Cleveland’s airport because they don’t want to drive vehicles with signs promoting the upcoming Gay Games.

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Bill to ban conversion therapy on gay youth fails in Ill. state House

Friday, April 11, 2014
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth failed Thursday in the Illinois state House.

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School district reinstates suspended transgender substitute teacher

Friday, April 11, 2014
Laura Jane Klug
LUMBERTON, Texas — A transgender substitute teacher who was told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained that she was a "distraction" to their 10 and 11-year old children, has been reinstated.

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Va. attorney general files brief supporting same-sex marriage

Friday, April 11, 2014
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's attorney general has told an appellate court reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional that gays and lesbians have just as much right to marry as interracial and heterosexual couples.

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