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ACLU sues Utah for not recognizing same-sex couples’ marriages

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner, with their 4-year-old son, Jesse, are plaintiffs in the ACLU suit against Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY --The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the state of Utah over its decision to stop granting new benefits to hundreds of newly married same-sex couples.

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Little change in year since GOP’s plan to outreach to minorities, women, gays

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Josh Reynolds, APReince Priebus
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party's appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012.

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Six same-sex couples sue to overturn Fla. gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
NCLRPlaintiffs (from left): Don Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz, Jeff and Todd Delmay, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price, Vanessa and Melane Alenier, Summer Grace and Pamela Faerber. (Nit pictured: Catherina Pareta and Karla Arguello.)
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Six same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit in South Florida seeking to overturn Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Sochi still scrambling to sell tickets to Olympic games

| Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Olympictorch2014.com, APOlympic torch bearers Kamil Larin, left, and Yelena Slesarenko put their torches together during an Olympic torch relay in Volgograd, a city on the Volga River about 800 kilometers (about 500 miles) south of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 with a monument to Motherland at the background.
[caption id="attachment_123493" align="alignleft" width="665"] Olympictorch2014.com, APOlympic torch bearers Kamil Larin, left, and Yelena Slesarenko put their torches together during an Olympic torch relay in Volgograd, a city on the Volga River about 800 kilometers (about 500 miles) south of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014...

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First magazine for gays and lesbians in Bangladesh launched

| Monday, January 20, 2014
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Bangladesh's gay community has launched its first magazine in a bid to promote greater acceptance of gays who face widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim-majority country, the publication's editor said on Sunday.

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George Michael to release new album, ‘Symphonica’

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Francois Mori, APGeorge Michael
LONDON — After a spell of making headlines for mishaps rather than music, George Michael is coming back with a new album. Michael announced Monday that his sixth solo album, "Symphonica," is due for release March 17.

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For ‘Same Love,’ Mary Lambert says, ‘I was sort of a last resort’

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, right, and Ryan Lewis at the MTV Video Music Awards at on Aug.  25, 2013. “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ same sex anthem featuring Mary Lambert, is nominated for song of the year at the Jan. 26, 2014 Grammy Awards.
In just six hours, Mary Lambert's life changed drastically. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had written and produced a song called "Same Love," but they needed a special hook to finalize the emotional track. Like the rap duo, Lambert is from Seattle, though she had never met them before.

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Delicate path for marriage equality in red states: Court wins alone won’t be enough

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.
Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won't be enough.

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Va. Assembly tables bill to repeal gay marriage ban as lawsuits move forward

| Monday, January 20, 2014
Scott Surovell
RICHMOND, Va. — While two federal lawsuits challenging Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are moving forward, a House committee voted Monday to table the only bill aimed at repealing the ban, effectively ending the fight from the legislative front in this session.

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Bass documentary ‘Kidnapped for Christ’ spotlights abusive boarding schools

| Monday, January 20, 2014
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Lance Bass is hoping his new documentary, "Kidnapped for Christ," will put the spotlight on unscrupulous boarding schools that abuse children in the name of rehabilitating them.

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