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Uganda’s new anti-gay bill could be debated in parliament before Christmas

Thursday, November 20, 2014
A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan lawmakers have drafted a new anti-gay bill that could be introduced for debate in the country's parliament before Christmas, a parliamentarian said Thursday. The new bill is in "advanced stages" and will focus on punishing the promotion of homosexuality, said Ugandan lawmaker Latif Ssebaggala, a strong supporter of anti-gay legislation.

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President Obama’s executive action must include transgender immigrants

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Zoraida Reyes
Today is a day full of promise, mourning, and reflection. On this Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), President Barack Obama is announcing major executive action on immigration. And on TDoR, we remember the hundreds of senseless murders that our community faces worldwide each year, which disproportionately target trans women of color...

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Co-founder of HRC, former boyfriend charged with felony sex abuse of minor

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Terrance Bean (left) and Kiah Loy Lawson
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A prominent gay rights activist who co-founded the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Fund, and his former boyfriend, have been arrested on charges of sex abuse in a case involving a 15-year-old boy.

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Arkansas Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage case

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether banning same-sex marriage is constitutional just because voters approved it a decade ago, even if the restriction conflicts with rights outlined in the state's constitution.

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Governor directs Kansas state agencies to not yet recognize same-sex marriages

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Same-sex couples in Kansas can get married, but the state isn't yet allowing them to change their last names on their driver's licenses.

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina

Thursday, November 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina but Attorney General Alan Wilson said the issue is still not settled. The court denied Wilson's request to prevent the marriages while he appeals last week's decision by a federal judge tossing out the state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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Two courts set to take up same-sex marriage in Arkansas

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arguments are set in two Arkansas courtrooms on whether the state should drop its prohibition against same-sex marriages.

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Kansas AG wants clarity on same-sex marriage from U.S. Supreme Court

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R-Kansas)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday that his vigorous defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban is designed to get a final decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. Without such a ruling, the legal uncertainty - which has some Kansas counties allowing gay couples to marry while others refuse - will persist...

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Remembering lost brothers, sisters this 16th Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Today is the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, and a day to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community.

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Federal judge strikes down Montana same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
J. Stephen Conn
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- A federal judge in Montana has struck down that state's same-sex marriage ban. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris comes in a challenge filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana on behalf of four same-sex couples who sued to overturn the ban.

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