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Russian gay couple marries in Buenos Aires, will seek asylum in Argentina

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Victor R. Caivano,  APRussian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry in Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A same-sex couple from Russia's Olympic city of Sochi has married in Buenos Aires and plan to seek asylum in Argentina.

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Reports: Arizona governor likely to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a controversial "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners with to deny service to gay people, reports NBC News, citing sources close to the governor who are "familiar with her thinking."

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Trial begins in challenge to Michigan same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Daniel Mears, Detroit News (AP)From left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer's attorney Dana Nessel enter Federal Court in Detroit, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
DETROIT — An attorney for two women opposing Michigan's ban on gay marriage urged a judge Tuesday to halt the treatment of same-sex couples as "second-class citizens," the latest in a series of marriage-equality challenges across the country.

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Insurers agree to accept premiums for HIV patients while judge considers suit

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A federal judge received assurances Tuesday that three insurance companies won't immediately stop accepting premium payments from a program that helps HIV and AIDS patients cover health care costs.

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Cook County, Ill., issues more than 80 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
M. Spencer Green, APCharlie Gurion, center, and David Wilk hold up their marriage license as Cook County Clerk David Orr, left looks on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.
CHICAGO — More than 80 same-sex couples have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including some from other Illinois counties who apparently didn't want to wait until gay marriage becomes legal statewide on June 1.

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Jason Collins finds a welcoming home in Brooklyn Nets locker room

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, right, is congratulated by fans after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Brooklyn won 108-102.
Jason Collins had already spent 12 years in the NBA by the time the world knew he was gay. He's a well-regarded Stanford graduate who just attended the State of the Union as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama and has made friends around the league — and particularly inside the Nets' organization.

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Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

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Uganda tabloid prints list of ‘top’ homosexuals

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Stephen Wandera, APA Ugandan reads a copy of the "Red Pepper" tabloid newspaper in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after the president Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law.
KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

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Norfolk Circuit Court clerk says he will appeal Va. same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Virginia
NORFOLK, Va. — The Norfolk Circuit Court clerk said Monday that he plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

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State senator tells Anderson Cooper there’s no discrimination in Arizona

| Monday, February 24, 2014
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In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday, Arizona GOP state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Al Melvin defended Arizona's SB 1062, the controversial the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs.

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