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Judge limits lawsuit to officials who are blocking plaintiffs’ access to marriage

Thursday, May 1, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge has dismissed three defendants from the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Fla. man jailed for shooting gay man with BB gun at LGBT pride parade

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Cornelius Davis
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to six months in jail for shooting a gay man with a BB gun during a gay pride parade last summer.

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S.C. Senate panel rejects budget cuts to colleges that assigned gay-themed books

Thursday, May 1, 2014
South Carolina statehouse in Columbia
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Senate's budget-writing committee has rejected an effort to punish two South Carolina universities for assigning gay-themed books to freshmen.

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N.H. clarifies recognition of same-sex marriages performed out-of-state

Thursday, May 1, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire state House has sent the governor a bill that clarifies the law to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states prior to New Hampshire enacting its own marriage equality law.

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Companies pressure Mich. lawmakers to back discrimination ban against gays

Thursday, May 1, 2014
LANSING, Mich. -- Some major businesses are pushing lawmakers to update Michigan's anti-discrimination law to ensure no one is fired or denied housing because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Transgender inmate suing Ohio over refusal to allow hormone treatments

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Whitney Lee
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A transgender prison inmate in Ohio wants a federal judge to order the state to allow her hormone treatments to continue, saying she suffered a medical setback including facial hair growth and depression when the treatments stopped.

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Brunei embraces strict Islamic laws, calls for death by stoning for sodomy

Thursday, May 1, 2014
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — Brunei on Thursday embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights.

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Iowa Legislature updates HIV transmission law with ‘lesser penalties’

Thursday, May 1, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Legislature has sent to the governor a measure lessening the penalties for people who unknowingly expose someone to HIV with no intention of infecting them.

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United Nations goes ‘Bollywood’ in latest effort to promote LGBT rights

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
United Nations
MUMBAI -- The United Nations human rights office on Wednesday launched the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called "The Welcome," accompanied by an appeal from the U.N. Secretary-General to end the prejudice that forces millions of LGBT people to live in fear or hide in shame.

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Prominent Wyo. lawyers speak out in support of marriage equality

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More than 50 Wyoming lawyers, including a former state Attorney General, are expressing support for a group's effort to change state law to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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