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Brunei postpones new penal code that calls for ‘death by stoning’ for gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Brunei has postponed its planned implementation of its new penal code that includes harsh Islamic punishments that call for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [...]

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India Supreme Court to hear curative plea on law criminalizing gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Supreme Court of India in New Delhi.
NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea by gay rights activists to reconsider its controversial decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalizes same-sex sexual activity. [...]

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Zimbabwe president threatens to expel diplomats who promote gay rights

Friday, April 18, 2014
Robert Mugabe
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to expel foreign diplomats who try to promote gay rights in the southern African country. [...]

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Leader of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church vows to fight homosexuality ‘to the end’

Friday, April 18, 2014
Patriarch Abune Mathias
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- In his Easter message this week, Patriarch Abune Mathias, head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church, vowed to fight homosexuality, saying it will bring destruction to the world. [...]

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Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday. [...]

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UN condemns Brunei law that calls for death by stoning for gay sex

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Brunei
The United Nations Human Rights office has condemned a revised penal code in Brunei which calls for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [...]

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India’s supreme court recognizes transgender people as third gender

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Indian eunuchs dance after Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing third gender category, in Nagpur, India, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
NEW DELHI — India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. [...]

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Finnish postal service to issue ‘Tom of Finland’ gay male erotica stamps

Monday, April 14, 2014
Itella
HELSINKI, Finland — The Finnish Postal Service, Itella, is preparing to release new sets of stamps in September 2014, including “male drawings by Tom of Finland” – a deceased Finnish artist notable for his homoerotic fetish art on late twentieth century gay culture, reports Finnbay.com. [...]

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Malta Parliament votes to legalize same-sex civil unions, adoptions

Monday, April 14, 2014
Malta-flag
VALLETTA, Malta -- Same-sex couples are set to gain the right to obtain legal recognition for their relationship as the Maltese Parliament prepares to vote on the Civil Unions Bill in its third and final reading on Monday evening. [...]

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UN conference provokes heated debate on gay rights

Friday, April 11, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said. [...]

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