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Scotland poised to legalize same-sex marriage with final vote this week

| Sunday, February 2, 2014
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EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland's could see its first same-sex marriages by July, as a bill to legalize marriage equality is expected to be passed overwhelmingly by Members of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

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Bulgaria rejects bill that would have criminalized homosexual behavior

| Saturday, February 1, 2014
Bulgaria
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Lawmakers in Bulgaria have rejected a controversial legislative amendment that would have criminalized homosexual behavior, including "coming out."

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Senegal sentences gay men to 6 months in prison for having sex

| Saturday, February 1, 2014
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DAKAR, Senegal -- A judge in Senegal sentenced two men to six months' jail in a rare conviction of a gay couple on criminal charges.

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Russian LGBT teen advocate charged under anti-gay propaganda law

| Friday, January 31, 2014
Elena Klimova
NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia -- A freelance Russia journalist was charged Friday for violating the country's anti-gay propaganda law for creating a online LGBT teen support group on Russian social media website VKontakte (vk.com).

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Russian newspaper fined for violating country’s anti-gay propaganda law

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Alexander Yermoshkin
MOSCOW — A Russian newspaper has become the first media organization to be fined under the country's anti-gay propaganda law after it profiled an openly gay teacher.

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Gay rights activist suing Russian actor for saying gays should be burned alive

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ivan Okhlobystin
A gay rights activist is suing popular Russian celebrity Ivan Okhlobystin, demanding an apology and monetary compensation over a speech in which the former priest said gays should be burned alive.

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British lawmakers defeat proposal to ban HIV+ immigrants from entering UK

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
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LONDON -- An proposal by a group of conservative British lawmakers to ban HIV and Hepatitis B positive immigrants from entering the United Kingdom, was shot down Thursday in the House of Commons.

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Leaders of Anglican Communion speak out against anti-LGBT violence, laws

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York (left) and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, spiritual heads of the worldwide Anglican Communion, have called upon Church leaders and the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda to support and care for all people “regardless of sexual orientation.”

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Croatia joins LGBT Global Equity Fund

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department announced Monday that Croatia has joined the Global Equity Fund, an initiative led by the United States to advance (LGBT) human rights around the world. "Croatia joins nine other like-minded governments (including the United States), three private foundations and...

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Lesbian appeals to tycoon dad over multi-million dollar dowry offer

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
South Chin Morning PostGigi (left) and Cecil Chao
HONG KONG — The lesbian daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon who publicly offered millions of dollars to any man who could woo her into marriage appealed to her father in an open letter published Wednesday to accept her for who she is.

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