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Idaho town faces recount on LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Pocatello
POCATELLO, Idaho -- A recount has been ordered of last month's vote by Pocatello residents retaining an ordinance banning discrimination against a person because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The recount is set for June 27 and comes at the request of a group opposed to the city ordinance approved by the Pocatello City Council in June 2013 and backed by voters on May 20.

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Judge rejects county clerk’s bid to appeal Pa. same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A federal judge who overturned Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage is rejecting a bid by a county official from eastern Pennsylvania to appeal it. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III issued his decision Wednesday on the request by Schuylkill County Orphans Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney.

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Nashville approves domestic partner benefits for city, county workers

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Metropolitan Council on Tuesday voted to offer health insurance and pension benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of city/county "Metro" workers. The policy change applies to workers employed by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, a city-county consolidated government.

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San Francisco Archbishop spurns appeals to skip anti-gay marriage rally

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Monday it's his duty to proclaim "the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife," even when those views are unpopular. The comment by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone came in response to calls to skip an upcoming March for Marriage event in Washington.

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Catholic church bars gay man from mass following commitment ceremony

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
St-Michael-Catholic-Church
MARQUETTE, Mich. -- A gay Michigan man says he will worship elsewhere after he was barred from his Catholic church and told he was not allowed to participate in Sunday's mass with the rest of the congregation.

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First lesbian leader of California Assembly opens up on LGBT rights

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Toni Atkins
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America. Atkins says the "most profound" way of advancing equality is coming out and taking small actions that validate being gay.

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Judge denies Texas dads parental rights to biological twin sons

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
KDFW
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A judge in Texas has denied a same-sex couple's petition to adopt their month-old twin boys. Jason Hannah and Joe Riggs are the proud fathers of twins Lucas and Ethan, who were born of the same surrogate mother. Each biologically fathered one of the twins, and the boys — who are half-brothers — share an egg donor.

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Brooklyn gay man sues 5 Hasidic men, Shomrim patrol over beating

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.
NEW YORK — A gay man who was attacked and brutally beaten last December by a group of Hasidic men in Brooklyn filed a lawsuit Monday against the five men indicted in the attack and the Shomrim security patrol of which at least two of the assailants were members.

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S.C. DMV: Gender non-conforming teen can’t take license photo in makeup

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Chase Culpepper
ANDERSON, S.C. -- The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles says a gender non-conforming teen who dresses as a girl may not have his driver's license photo retaken wearing makeup. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is requesting that 16-year-old Chase Culpepper be allowed to have a new photo dressed as he normally does.

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Former high-ranking Mich. Republicans support same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Michigan
DETROIT -- Former high-ranking Republicans in the Michigan Legislature are urging a federal appeals court to allow same-sex marriage in the state. They filed a brief Monday at the Cincinnati-based court, urging it to affirm a March decision that threw out Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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