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Federal appeals court upholds Calif. ban on reparative therapy for minors

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO --A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that prohibits psychological counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation.

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Blue Cross reversing course, will offer gay N.C. couples family policies

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's largest insurer is reversing course and now says it will offer family coverage to same-sex married couples and domestic partners in new policies.

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NBC stops production on gay dad sitcom ‘Sean Saves the World’

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Sami Isler and Sean Hayes in NBC's "Sean Saves the World."
LOS ANGELES -- NBC has stopped production on "Sean Saves the World," effectively canceling the freshman sitcom starring out actor Sean Hayes as a divorced gay father juggling a career, a 14-year-old daughter and an overbearing mother.

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Nebraska’s Sarpy County extends benefits for same-sex couples

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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PAPILLION, Neb. -- Sarpy County commissioners have decided to extend health insurance benefits to spouses of gay county employees who have legally married in another state but live in Nebraska.

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Bill would allow Utah taxpayers to donate portion of refund to fight gay marriage

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Merrill Nelson
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah lawmaker hopes taxpayers can soon donate to the state's fight against gay marriage by checking a box on a tax form.

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Report: Progress toward LGBT equality surprisingly ‘mixed’

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is surprisingly “mixed.”

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Suspect arrested in brutal beating of NYC gay journalist

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Randy Gener
NEW YORK — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the beating of a gay journalist on a New York City street.

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Lesbian appeals to tycoon dad over multi-million dollar dowry offer

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
South Chin Morning PostGigi (left) and Cecil Chao
HONG KONG — The lesbian daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon who publicly offered millions of dollars to any man who could woo her into marriage appealed to her father in an open letter published Wednesday to accept her for who she is.

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Obama’s State of the Union address leaves many LGBT leaders disappointed

| Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington./
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke of a nation working on issues such as marriage equality and earning the respect of other nations “because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation.”

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Same-sex marriage backers, foes hold dueling rallies at Utah capitol

| Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APSupporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Opponents and supporters of gay marriage held twin rallies at the Capitol on Tuesday.
SALT LAKE CITY — A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state's ban on gay marriage, the battle over the issue hit the Capitol building Tuesday as hundreds of opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage held twin rallies.

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