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Utah AG needs more taxpayer money to defend same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his office is seeking extra money from lawmakers to help pay for the state's legal fight over same-sex marriage.

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Colo. AG candidate: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, shouldn’t be defended

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Don Quick
DENVER -- The Democrats' candidate for Colorado attorney general says the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional rights of same-sex couples and that the law shouldn't be defended.

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Sports Illustrated: ‘America is ready for Michael Sam… Is the NFL?’

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Michael Sam, the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year from Missouri, who came out as gay on Sunday and could become the first openly NFL player, graces the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, which asks, "Is the NFL ready" for an openly gay player?

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Kent State wrestler suspended for ‘fag’ tweets aimed at Michael Sam

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sam Wheeler
KENT, Ohio -- A wrestler at Kent State University has been suspended indefinitely for a series of anti-gay tweets on Monday, including referring to Missouri football player Michael Sam as "that fag."

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ACLU to challenge Missouri ban on same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union plans to file suit challenging Missouri's treatment of same-sex marriages, an ACLU spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Md. gay teen achieves Eagle Scout rank under gay-inclusive Boy Scouts

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Luis M. Alvarez, APPascal Tessier, left, a gay Boy Scout, receives his Eagle Scout badge from Troop 52 Scoutmaster Don Beckham, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Md. Tessier, of Maryland, has become one of the first openly gay scouts to reach the highest rank of Eagle, following a policy change to allow gay youth in the Boy Scouts of America.
CHEVY CHASE, Md. -- Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

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British Immigration office criticized over ‘degrading’ LGBT questionnaire

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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LONDON -- A confidential internal report by the British government, leaked to the British press last week, details a series of graphic questions posed to LGBT people seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom, including inquiries into a person's sexual activity.

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Speech by Ireland’s top drag performer fuels Irish gay rights debate

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Rory O'Neill as Miss Panti Bliss
DUBLIN -— Ireland's top drag performer, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation's long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled up conservative Catholics and won global admirers in a social media tour de force that is dominating Irish water-cooler talk.

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1st openly gay NFL player to face challenges most other rookies don’t

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Michael Sam will face a daunting set of challenges that most rookies don't have to deal with when making the already formidable jump from college to the NFL.

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Kan. House gives initial OK on bill to allow discrimination against gay couples

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill aimed at protecting people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to provide goods or services for gay weddings.

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