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Va. quickly emerging as key battleground state in marriage equality fight

Sunday, January 19, 2014
ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd
Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to marry. This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights. That's changed after a seismic political shift in the top three elected offices, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats who support same-sex marriage.

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UK councilman suspended by party after blaming floods on gay marriage

Sunday, January 19, 2014
David Silvester
LONDON -- A British far-right party has suspended a local councilman who blamed recent severe flooding on the government's legalization of same-sex marriage.

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Three gay Republicans seek election history with bids for U.S. Congress

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Jim Cole, APNew Hampshire Republican Congressional candidate Dan Innis, right,  with his partner Doug Palardy, in Portsmouth, N.H.
Dan Innis' husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House. It didn't matter that Innis, a former business school dean, faced an aggressive Democratic incumbent, GOP colleagues who oppose his right to marry, and history - no Republican ever has been openly gay when first elected to Congress.

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Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles in latest interviews

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Alexei Nikolsky, RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service (APRussian President Vladimir Putin listens to a translation during an interview to Russian and foreign media Friday at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, which will host Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 7, 2014.
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

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Oscar ‘favorites’ McConaughey, Leto win SAG awards for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Photos: Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)Matthew McConaughey (left) and Jared Leto take home Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, for their performances in "The Dallas Buyers Club."
LOS ANGELES -- David O. Russell's "American Hustle" has won the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding cast, setting up the con-artist comedy as the film to beat at the Academy Awards.

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Brazil’s LGBT community holds vigil for murdered gay teen, hate crimes victims

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Massao Uehara, via  FacebookMembers Brazil’s LGBT community held a vigil on Friday to honor the victims of anti-LGBT violence, and call for new hate crimes legislation.
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Members of Brazil's LGBT community held vigil Friday in honor of a gay Brazilian teen who was tortured and brutally murdered, one of at least five reported murders targeting LGBT people in Brazil over the past week.

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‘Bachelor’ star apologizes for calling gays perverts, ABC issues swift rebuke

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Juan Pablo Galavis
The star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” has made anti-gay comments that drew a swift rebuke from the network and an apology from the bachelor himself.

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‘The Bachelor:’ I respect gay people, but they’re not a good example for kids

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Juan Pablo Galavis
ABC's "The Bachelor" -- Juan Pablo Galavis -- says he's not interested in seeing a gay version of the popular reality series because gay people are not a good example for kids.

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Gay Russian protester detained for unfurling rainbow flag at Olympic relay

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Andrei Nasonov, APSecurity personnel detain Pavel Lebedev, a gay protester who unfurled a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 334 miles south of Moscow, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
MOSCOW -- A gay Russian protester was detained on Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.

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HBO holds reception for gay couples at ‘The Case Against 8’ Sundance premiere

Saturday, January 18, 2014
The "Case Against 8" is behind the scenes documentary of the high-profile trial that overturned California's Proposition 8, the state's controversial ban on same-sex marriage. Pictured: Plaintiffs Kris Perry,  Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.
PARK CITY, Utah -- Though they are not considered legally married in Utah, several gay and lesbian couples were feted with a wedding celebration as part of HBO's promotion of its upcoming documentary on gay marriage, "The Case Against 8."

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