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Court orders U.S. to pay NOM $50K for ‘leaked’ tax information

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
NOM chairman John Eastman
WASHINGTON -- A federal court has ordered the U.S. government to pay $50,000 to the National Organization for Marriage after the group claimed that confidential donor information from its tax returns was "leaked" to an activist and later published by the Human Rights Campaign and the Huffington Post. [...]

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For Eddie: I am keeping my promise

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
AP
Twenty-two years ago, I made a promise that has shaped my life and my work ever since. My beloved partner Eddie, a talented musician, was dying of AIDS. At the time, we felt powerless, isolated and angry—there was no effective medical treatment, no hope for recovery and too much [...]

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Rice: LGBT rights among the most challenging global human rights issues

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Susan Rice
WASHINGTON -- With anti-gay laws taking root in nearly 80 countries, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday cast the protection of gays from global discrimination, abuse and even death as one of the most challenging international human rights issue facing the United States. Rice told a White [...]

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Ninth Circuit denies ‘en banc’ review of ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling for gays

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an earlier decision by a three-judge panel which stated that gays and lesbians could not be excluded from jury duty on the basis of their sexual orientation, a ruling that for the first time applied "heightened scrutiny" to a case [...]

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Methodist pastor defrocked for presiding over gay son’s wedding is reinstated

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, then re-instated by an appeals panel in June. That decision has since been appealed to the Judicial Council, the church’s highest court.
PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him. The nine-person panel ordered [...]

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Rick Santorum: Business owners who refuse to serve gays sent to ‘re-education camps’

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Rick-Santorum
Even though Rick Santorum came under fire during his presidential campaign for appearing on Bryan Fischer’s radio program, the former senator stopped by Fischer’s show again today to promote his film studio’s new movie, “One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty.” The movie, which was made in conjunction [...]

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Gary Oldman defends Gibson and Baldwin’s remarks on Jews and gays

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Gary Oldman
NEW YORK -- Gary Oldman is defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their comments on Jews and homosexuals, saying people need to take a joke. In an expletive-laced interview with Playboy, Oldman decried the "political correctness" that ensnared the two actors. Gibson was filmed in [...]

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Republican senator: Time for the GOP to quit fighting same-sex marriage

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
A Republican U.S. Senator from Wisconsin said Monday it was time for the GOP to beyond social issues such as same-sex marriage and focus on economic policy ahead of the 2014 and 2016 elections, arguing that the party should allow voters and states to enact marriage equality. Sen. Ron Johnson [...]

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In historic first, New York-area Boy Scouts to lead iconic NYC Pride March

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
gay-scouts
NEW YORK -- A group of active and former Boy Scouts will be among the groups leading the 44th Annual New York City Pride March on Sunday, June 29, the nation's oldest and largest LGBT pride event. New York-area Boy Scouts and members of the Brooklyn Chapter of Scouts for [...]

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Campaign aims to end gay-to-straight conversion therapy within five years

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
File
SAN FRANCISCO -- An LGBT legal advocacy group hopes to bring an end to the controversial practice of "gay-to-straight" conversion therapy in U.S. within the next five years. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on Tuesday announced the launch of "#BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy," a campaign [...]

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