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Arrests spread across Nigeria, unleashed by wide-ranging new anti-gay law

| Friday, January 17, 2014
AP (File)
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Arrests have spread across Nigeria as dozens more people perceived to be gay have been rounded up and questioned, activists said Friday, describing another wave of police attention unleashed by a wide-ranging new anti-gay law.

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Obama nominates out lesbian attorney to federal court in Illinois

| Friday, January 17, 2014
Staci Michelle Yandle
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated out lesbian attorney Staci Michelle Yandle to serve in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the White House announced on Thursday.

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United Methodist Church charges second clergyman for officiating gay wedding

| Friday, January 17, 2014
Rev. Thomas Ogletree
NEW YORK -- The United Methodist Church has formally charged another clergyman for presiding at the same-sex wedding of his son.

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Scottish parliament removes transgender spousal veto from marriage equality bill

| Friday, January 17, 2014
Dan LittauerScottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to remove the spousal veto from the country’s marriage equality bill.

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Pop-rock trio fun. plans to raise funds for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit

| Friday, January 17, 2014
Al Powers, Powers Imagery / Invision (AP)Fun. performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in Sept.  2013.
NEW YORK -- The pop-rock trio fun. is launching a campaign to raise money for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The band says it plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need.

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Portugal’s adoption rights for same-sex couples placed in doubt

| Friday, January 17, 2014
São Bento Palace in Lisbon is the seat of Portuguese Legislature.
LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal's limited adoption rights for same-sex couples are in doubt after Parliament voted for a referendum on the divisive issue.

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Putin: Gays should feel welcome in Russia, but must ‘leave children in peace’

| Friday, January 17, 2014
APVladimir Putin
SOCHI, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says gays should feel welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but they must "leave the children in peace."

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Attorneys for Tulsa county clerk to appeal Okla. same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, January 17, 2014
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TULSA, Okla. -- Lawyers for the Tulsa County court clerk are appealing a federal judge's ruling that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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S.C. bill would allow married, same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns

| Friday, January 17, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The top Democrat in the South Carolina House says same-sex couples who are legally married in other states should be able to jointly file their state income taxes.

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Okla. Rep. Sally Kern: ‘Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong’

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
KOTVSally Kern
Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern, who once called homosexuality “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” decried a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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