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Activists urge Obama to include LGBT rights on Africa summit agenda

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights First, which advocates aggressive U.S. stances on ...

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Colo. Supreme Court stops same-sex marriages in Boulder County

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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DENVER -- Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder's clerk ...

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Ore. couple sues cab company, driver for being ditched on interstate

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A lesbian couple who were left on the side of a freeway last summer by taxi cab driver who disliked the couple’s display of affection, has filed a lawsuit against the driver and his former employer. In a suit filed last week, Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll say cab driver Ahmed Egal intentionally caused them emotional distress and held ...

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Ill. warns insurers about discriminating against transgender people

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The state of Illinois has cautioned insurers about discriminating against transgender people. The Illinois Department of Insurance bulletin issued to insurers this week details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws. Backers say the move was prompted by concerns for transgender people's rights...

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Marriage equality supporters push for quick ruling in N.C. challenge

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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Texas attorney general says same-sex marriage ban best supports children

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, said the views of ban opponents could be considered "rational."

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Crist promises Day 1 order banning LGBT discrimination in state agencies

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Charlie Crist
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he will sign five executive orders on his first day back in office if he's elected in November. Crist made the announcement Tuesday. He also said he would sign orders banning discrimination against gay and transgender employees at agencies under his control and their contractors, and another to require ...

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Wyo. judge allows challenge to state’s same-sex marriage ban to go forward

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A state judge declined Tuesday to suspend a lawsuit contesting a Wyoming law that specifies marriage is limited to one man and one woman. Instead, Laramie County District Court Judge Thomas Campbell said at a hearing he will consider any additional facts in the case and in November will either rule on the law on the spot or allow the case to go ahead.

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Mich. lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mich. state lawmaker Adam F. Zemke
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan lawmakers may soon consider whether to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. Legislation was introduced last week by state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) that would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of ...

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Fla. man stabbed while having sex with another man in Tallahassee cemetery

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Devante L. Johnson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man he was having sex with in a Tallahassee cemetery. Police say Devante L. Johnson, 18, met with the victim at the cemetery around 11 p.m. on June 24th when the stabbing occurred.

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