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United Methodist Church charges second clergyman for officiating gay wedding

Friday, January 17, 2014
Rev. Thomas Ogletree
NEW YORK -- The United Methodist Church has formally charged another clergyman for presiding at the same-sex wedding of his son.

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Scottish parliament removes transgender spousal veto from marriage equality bill

Friday, January 17, 2014
Dan LittauerScottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to remove the spousal veto from the country’s marriage equality bill.

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Portugal’s adoption rights for same-sex couples placed in doubt

Friday, January 17, 2014
São Bento Palace in Lisbon is the seat of Portuguese Legislature.
LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal's limited adoption rights for same-sex couples are in doubt after Parliament voted for a referendum on the divisive issue.

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Pop-rock trio fun. plans to raise funds for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit

Friday, January 17, 2014
Al Powers, Powers Imagery / Invision (AP)Fun. performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in Sept.  2013.
NEW YORK -- The pop-rock trio fun. is launching a campaign to raise money for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The band says it plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need.

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Putin: Gays should feel welcome in Russia, but must ‘leave children in peace’

Friday, January 17, 2014
APVladimir Putin
SOCHI, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says gays should feel welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but they must "leave the children in peace."

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Attorneys for Tulsa county clerk to appeal Okla. same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, January 17, 2014
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TULSA, Okla. -- Lawyers for the Tulsa County court clerk are appealing a federal judge's ruling that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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S.C. bill would allow married, same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns

Friday, January 17, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The top Democrat in the South Carolina House says same-sex couples who are legally married in other states should be able to jointly file their state income taxes.

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Okla. Rep. Sally Kern: ‘Homosexuality is not a civil right, it’s a human wrong’

Thursday, January 16, 2014
KOTVSally Kern
Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern, who once called homosexuality “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” decried a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Uganda president blocks controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has blocked the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill and has rebuked Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga for failure to follow parliamentary procedures by passing the law without a quorum, reports the Daily Monitor, the leading Ugandan newspaper.

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Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California.

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