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Judge considers whether to issue stay in Ky. same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, March 17, 2014
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge is weighing whether to allow his order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries or put the issue on hold pending an appeal by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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Westboro ‘elders’ ex-communicated Fred Phelps in church power struggle

Monday, March 17, 2014
Westboro-protest
The Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday responded to media inquiries regarding news reports that founder Fred Phelps was on his death bed, and that he was "ex-communicated" from the church last August.

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Mass. gubernatorial forum to focus on LGBT issues

Monday, March 17, 2014
Massachusetts-flag
BOSTON -- Candidates for governor in Massachusetts will participate in a forum to discuss issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and progressive policies.

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‘New York Times’ illustrated op-ed says Barilla ‘boycott has ended’

Monday, March 17, 2014
The New York Times
An illustrated tribute of sorts to Barilla pasta appears in the online "Opinion" section of The New York Times, and asserts that a boycott by the gay community has ended because Chairman Guido Barilla's apologized for saying that "gays can go eat another brand" of pasta.

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Wyo. lawmaker defends book on AIDS that describes gays as promiscuous

Monday, March 17, 2014
Troy Mader
CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming's newest lawmaker is defending a book he wrote nearly three decades ago that says many gay people demand the right to have sex with children and people with AIDS should be quarantined if they continue having sex.

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Response expected in Okla. same-sex marriage case

Monday, March 17, 2014
Okla gay marriage
TULSA, Okla. -- Attorneys for an Oklahoma lesbian couple suing to have their marriage recognized in the state are expected to make a court filing in the case.

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St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

Monday, March 17, 2014
Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage.

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Guinness cancels sponsorship of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over gay ban

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Guinness
NEW YORK -- Guinness announced Sunday it is cancelling its sponsorship of Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to allow gay participants to carry signs expressing their LGBT pride.

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Arkansas high school censors yearbook profile of gay student’s coming out

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Taylor Ellis
SHERIDAN, Ark. -- Administrators at an Arkansas high school are refusing to allow an interview with an openly gay student in this year’s yearbook because he discusses his sexual orientation.

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Fred Phelps may be dying, but the LGBT community should let him go quietly

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Fred Phelps
A few years ago I asked Judy Shepard how she felt about Fred Phelps, the founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church which had picketed the funeral of her son Matthew in what was to become the seminal event that put Westboro into the national spotlight. Her answer surprised me. “Oh we love Freddy,” she replied. “If it wasn’t for him there would be no Matthew Shepard.” Judy’s answer to my question illustrates the truth about Fred Phelps...

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