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A letter to the ‘Christian’ mom wishing death for her disabled lesbian daughter

Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Public disapproval over who could marry whom was an issue for Kelly’s family early on. Her father is black, and her mother is white. Kelly and her brother were bullied frequently in the small town in Alabama. They were the only mixed race kids in town. [...]

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The Catholic Church’s gay obsession

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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"The blunt truth of the matter is that during a period when the legalization of gay marriage has spread rapidly in this country, from just six states in 2011 to more than three times that number today, Catholic officials here have elected to focus on this one issue and on [...]

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Uganda president warns lawmakers that anti-gay law could lead to trade boycott

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday said that his nation risks a trade boycott if lawmakers were to reinstate a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated on a technicality in August by the country's Constitutional Court. [...]

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Mormon leader reiterates opposition to gay marriage at biannual conference

Saturday, October 4, 2014
People fill their seats in the Conference Center before the start of opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A high-ranking Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage, but he urged members to be gracious toward those who believe differently. Dallin H. Oaks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve said Saturday during the faith's biannual conference... Bu [...]

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Anglicans sign open letter urging Church of England’s gay bishops to come out

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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LONDON -- More than 300 Anglican priests, parishioners and other Christians have signed an open “love letter” to bishops in the Church of England who are secretly gay urging them to “come out” about their sexual orientation. [...]

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Arson suspected in overnight fire at South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's controversial first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, was damaged by a fire overnight, its founder and the police said Saturday. [...]

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First Lady campaigns for openly gay gubernatorial candidate in Maine

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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ORONO, Maine -- First lady Michelle Obama was in Maine on Friday stumping for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine), who is seeking to unseat GOP Gov. Paul LePage in November. If victorious, Michaud would make history by becoming the first openly gay candidate ever elected governor of a state. [...]

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Penn State University joins ‘You Can Play’ to support LGBT athletes

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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The Nittany Lions of Penn State University join You Can Play in working for acceptance of all, including LGBT athletes, coaches and fans, in sports. [...]

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

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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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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