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U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Robert-Pitman
Robert Pitman becomes the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas, and also assumes a seat that had been vacant for more than six years. [...]

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Tennis great Martina Navratilova marries partner Julia Lemigova

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Martina Navratilova (right) and ulia Lemigova.
The couple speaks to the BBC following their wedding ceremony in New York on Monday. [...]

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Florida clerks association says federal marriage ruling affects only one county

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Miami, Fla.
The association representing Florida's 67 court clerks says only Washington County, Fla. is bound by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling in August that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. [...]

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Veterinarian posts anti-gay message on sign outside Texas animal clinic

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dr. Jody Kincaid next to his anti-gay message displayed outside his veterinary clinic in Anthony, Texas.
Dr. Jody Kincaid put up the message -- "The GLBT Agenda is bad for America" -- on the marquee at his Animal Clinic in Anthony, Texas. [...]

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Alleged Philadelphia gay bashers to face trial for aggravated assault, conspiracy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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A Philadelphia judge has ordered three young adults to stand trial for an alleged attack on a gay couple in September that left one of the men with a broken jaw. [...]

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Appeals court overturns ruling granting sex-change for convicted murderer

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Kosilek
Michelle Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is needed to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder. [...]

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Ireland plans May vote on legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dublin, Ireland
DUBLIN — Prime Minister Enda Kenny says Ireland’s voters will be asked to legalize same-sex marriage, a government-backed measure that reflects rapid social change in the predominantly Catholic nation. Kenny told lawmakers Tuesday that the government would subject its planned Marriage Equality Bill to a public referendum in May, though [...]

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First time in history: Gay veterans to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Eric Bullen, of Westborough, Mass., left, holds an American flag as U.S. Army veteran Ian Ryan, of Dennis, Mass., front right, rolls up an OutVets banner after marching with a group representing LGBT military veterans in a Veterans Day parade in Boston on Nov. 11, 2014.
The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted the inclusion of gay groups, voted Monday night to allow the group OutVets to march in the 2015 parade. [...]

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First same-sex couples marry in Scotland as new marriage law takes effect

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster.
Scotland’s first same-sex marriages can officially begin Tuesday as couples in Scottish civil partnerships can convert their union to marriage. [...]

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Hagel could have ended the military’s transgender exclusion

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation under pressure is a setback to the effort to end the military exclusion of transgender service personnel. [...]

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