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Finland’s parliament supports measure aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Finland
HELSINKI -- Finland's parliament on Friday narrowly approved a measure granting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. ...

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Austria politician tells Pope Francis to speak up for same-sex marriage

Friday, November 28, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
STRASBOURG, France -- A prominent, openly lesbian politician from Austria presented Pope Francis with a rainbow scarf on Tuesday, and called on the Pontiff to speak up for women’s rights and same-sex marriage. ...

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Slovakia president announces referendum on same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Slovakia
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovakia will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic country early next year. President Andrej Kiska announced the referendum Thursday, setting the date for Feb 7. ...

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Report: Islamic State militants stone two gay men to death in Syria

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria on Tuesday after claiming they were gay, the jihadist organization's first known executions for alleged homosexuality. ...

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Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground over ‘dubious sexuality’

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Winnie the Pooh
TUSZYN, Poland -- Authorities in the Polish town of Tuszyn have blocked a plan to have famed children's character Winnie the Pooh used as the public face of a local playground because the bear is of "dubious sexuality" and "inappropriately ...

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Gambia leader approves harsh anti-gay law that includes lifetime prison sentences

Friday, November 21, 2014
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh
DAKAR, Senegal -- The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community. ...

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Uganda’s new anti-gay bill could be debated in parliament before Christmas

Thursday, November 20, 2014
A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan lawmakers have drafted a new anti-gay bill that could be introduced for debate in the country's parliament before Christmas, a parliamentarian said Thursday. The new bill is in "advanced stages" and will focus on punishing the ...

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Online community supporting Russian LGBT teens charged with ‘gay propaganda’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Elena Klimova
This week, Russian authorities dealt what may be the greatest blow to LGBT rights advocates since Vladimir Putin signed into law the infamous ban on “gay propaganda in the vicinity of minors.” ...

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Ireland’s ‘gay’ bull Benjy saved from slaughterhouse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Benjy the bull walks in a field in Couny Mayo Ireland on Sunday Nov. 2, 2014.
DUBLIN -- He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon. Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network said Tuesday that Simon is ...

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Nicolas Sarkozy: France’s same-sex marriage law should be scrapped

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Nicolas Sarkozy
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has embarked on a political comeback and is expected to run again for president in 2017, said Saturday that France's marriage equality law should be scrapped. ...

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