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Myrtle Beach, S.C., passes far-reaching LGBT protections

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Leaders in one of South Carolina’s most popular beach resort city amended their human rights ordinance on Tuesday evening, including far-reaching LGBT-inclusive protections on everything from public accommodations to education. The new protections were passed without objection by the six-member council. [...]

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Okla. House candidate supports stoning gays because ‘it came directly from God’

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Scott Esk
MOORE, Okla. -- A Tea Party candidate running for Oklahoma's state House who wants to apply biblical principles to Oklahoma law is under fire for advocating that gays should be stoned to death because 'it came directly from God." Esk posted old testament scriptures from Romans and Leviticus that [...]

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Holder: Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adults ‘perpetuates worst kind of stereotypes’

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday took aim at the Boy Scouts of America, saying it's refusal to allow gay and lesbian adults to serve as scout leaders "perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes." In remarks at an event hosted by Lambda Legal, Holder called the ban "a relic [...]

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N.Y. state Assembly to consider ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Matthew Shurka of Long Island, N.Y., says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to "cure" his homosexuality.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A proposed ban against New York health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy comes too late for Matthew Shurka, a 26-year-old Long Island man who says he remains emotionally scarred from five years of attempts to "cure" his homosexuality. [...]

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Pastor who calls homosexuality Satan’s ‘con job’ to lead Southern Baptists

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Ronnie Floyd
BALTIMORE — An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral. [...]

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Judge puts W.Va. gay marriage suit on hold pending outcome of Va. case

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
West-Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge has put a lawsuit challenging West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage on hold until a federal appeals court decides a similar Virginia case. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers entered an order Tuesday that stayed the case until the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of [...]

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New coalition launching to build support for marriage equality in Indiana

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Same-sex marriage supporters in Indiana are forming Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, a coalition to build support for their cause following high-profile fights over the issue at the Statehouse and in the courts. The ACLU of Indiana will be part of the coalition along with Liberty Indiana and the [...]

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N.Y. state assembly passes gender expression non-discrimination act, again

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
New York state capitol in Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Assembly on Tuesday again approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. It is the seventh time the measure has passed in the Assembly, but has never come to a vote [...]

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Salt Lake City police officer who refused to work pride parade resigns

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Salt Lake City police officer who rejected an assignment riding a motorcycle at the front of last weekend's gay pride parade and was put on leave has now resigned. The officer, whose name is being withheld, was put on leave last week after police said [...]

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Terrence McNally’s Broadway play ‘Mothers and Sons’ to close

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Frederick Weller, left, and Tyne Daly in a scene from the production "Mothers and Sons."
NEW YORK -- Terrence McNally's "Mothers and Sons" is the first victim of the Tony Awards: It will close on June 22 after missing out on being crowned the season's best play. The play, which had more than 100 performances, is being billed as the first time a legally married [...]

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