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United Nations chief shows off his purple tie, socks in observance of Spirit Day

Thursday, October 16, 2014
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shows off his purple socks and tie on Thursday in observance of Spirit Day.
UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has responded to the call to "go purple" on Spirit Day to show solidarity with LGBT youths who face bullying and discrimination. The U.N. chief pointed to his purple tie at a press conference Thursday and then picked up his right trouser leg to show off his matching purple sock.

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Updated translation of Vatican report much colder, less welcoming to gays

Thursday, October 16, 2014
St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays - but only if they speak English. After a draft report by bishops debating family issues came under criticism from conservative English-speaking bishops, the Vatican released a new translation on Thursday.

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Vatican mystery: Where did the ‘gays are welcome’ message originate?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Vatican City
VATICAN CITY -- It's one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

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Philippine police accuse U.S. Marine in transgender murder case

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Protesters shout slogans during a rally at the Department of Foreign Affairs to demand justice for the killing of Filipino Jennifer Laude with a U.S. Marine as a possible suspect Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The activists demanded that Washington hand over to the Philippines a Marine implicated in the killing of Laude which the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.
MANILA, Philippines -- A police inspector says a complaint for murder has been filed in the Philippines accusing a U.S. Marine of killing a transgender Filipino in a motel room. Police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo said Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim late Saturday, when they checked into a motel...

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Scotland’s marriage equality law to come into effect on New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Scotland
Same-sex couples in Scotland will be able to plan New Year's Eve weddings, the date the country's marriage equality law comes into effect. Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry beginning December 31, and couples in an existing civil partnership will also be able to change their relationship to a...

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U.S. Embassy denounces plans to adopt anti-gay law in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic -- The United States is condemning plans in Kyrgyzstan to adopt an anti-gay propaganda law, a measure that is similar to anti-gay legislation passed in Russia in 2013. Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has begun debating the bill that would introduce tougher punishment for “popularizing homosexual relations” and “propaganda...

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Rollback: Conservative Catholic bishops distance themselves from gay overture

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Bishops attend a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Conservative Catholic bishops concerned about an unprecedented opening to gays and divorced people are seeking to make their voices heard at a Vatican meeting on family life, emphasizing the benefits of faithful Catholics, the fundamentals of church doctrine and the dangers of sin.

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Protesters demand Philippine custody of Marine suspected in alleged hate crime

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Protesters burn a mock U.S. flag during a rally at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, to protest the killing of a Filipino transgender with the possible involvement of a U.S. serviceman Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The activists demanded that Washington hand over to the Philippines the Marine implicated in the killing of Jennifer Laude whom the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.
MANILA, Philippines -- Dozens of activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labeled a hate crime. Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead, apparently ...

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Catholic Bishops say gays have ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer church

Monday, October 13, 2014
Pope Francis attends a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married. A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived ...

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Cameroon frees seven accused of breaking anti-gay law

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Cameroon
YAOUNDE, Cameroon -- An official says seven people who were arrested this month on suspicion of violating Cameroon's anti-gay law have been released but will remain under close observation. Donatus Sembe, a police official in Yaounde, the capital, said Thursday that four of them were released Wednesday for lack of evidence...

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