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The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2013

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Saturday, December 28, 2013
Pat Robertson
By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct.

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Ind. Attorney General fielding questions on proposed same-sex marriage ban

| Saturday, December 28, 2013
Greg Zoeller
INDIANAPOLIS -- The chief counsel for Indiana state officials said Friday he has been fielding a lot of questions about placing the state's gay marriage ban in the constitution.

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Boy Scouts of America prepare for historic policy change to allow gay youth

| Saturday, December 28, 2013
Elaine Thompson, APBoy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle on June 30, 2013.
The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

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A&E reverses decision on ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch’s suspension

| Friday, December 27, 2013
A&EPhil Robertson
“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson will return to work on A&E’s reality show despite his comments about gay immorality, the channel said Friday, reversing its decision to suspend him after facing a backlash and threatened boycott.

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More than 900 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Utah

| Friday, December 27, 2013
Benjamin Zack, Standard-Examiner (AP)Patrick Freideman, left, and his husband Spencer Freideman kiss during their wedding in a hallway at the Hampton Inn in Ogden on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
SALT LAKE CITY — More than 900 marriage licenses have been issued to gay couples in Utah in the week after a federal judge struck down the state's ban.

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Man arrested on Christmas for making death threats toward lesbian sister

| Friday, December 27, 2013
Gordon Bissonnette
PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- A Connecticut man was arrested Christmas day for making death threats toward his lesbian sister because he disapproved of her sexual orientation and feared she might turn his daughter gay.

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Report: Houston Oilers had two gay players in 1993, teammates didn’t care

| Friday, December 27, 2013
Jim Mone, AP (File)The 1993 Houston Oilers team contained two gay members, according to the Houston Chronicle.
HOUSTON — Long before the question of whether the NFL is ready for a gay player, at least two key members of the tumultuous 1993 Houston Oilers team were gay, former teammates have told the Houston Chronicle.

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Houston city workers file suit seeking equal benefits for same-sex spouses

| Thursday, December 26, 2013
Houston, Texas
Lambda Legal on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston seeking to preserve spousal benefits, including health insurance, covering the same-sex spouses of city employees.

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DOMA’s demise creates pathway to overturning state bans on gay marriage

| Thursday, December 26, 2013
Marriage equality supporters outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013, waiting for decisions in cases involving California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage debate predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act would create a pathway for more challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage. They were right.

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San Diego man recovering from brutal attack in city’s gay friendly neighborhood

| Thursday, December 26, 2013
Dwayne Wynn
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego gay man said he was attacked by three men yelling anti-gay slurs and wielding a baseball bat just after midnight Monday in the city's historically diverse and gay-friendly Hillcrest neighborhood.

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