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Muslim Indonesian province to punish gay sex with 100 lashes with cane

| Saturday, September 27, 2014
A man arrested for gambling is struck during a public caning in Aceh Besar, Indonesia
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Lawmakers in a conservative Muslim Indonesian province passed a law Saturday that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to the region's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law. Human rights groups have said the law violates international treaties signed by Indonesia protecting the rights of ...

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Egypt sentences six alleged gay men to two years in jail for ‘debauchery’

| Friday, September 26, 2014
Egypt
CAIRO -- Six alleged gay men were sentenced in an Egyptian court on Thursday to two years in jail with labor for "committing debauchery," a charge often leveled at gays for engaging in homosexual activity.

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UN Human Rights Council approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

| Friday, September 26, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution — led by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay — followed a resolution in 2011 on the same topic led by South Africa and asks the UN Office of the High...

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Indonesian province considers caning for gay sex

| Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This 2011 file photo shows a Sharia law official whipping a man during a public caning in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Men and women caught having homosexual sex could be publicly caned in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province if an Islam-inspired draft law is approved this week. Lawmaker Moharriadi Syafari said a majority of provincial lawmakers supported criminalizing gay sex...

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Chad latest African country to consider anti-gay legislation

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Chad
Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country. The rights group said Tuesday that amendments to the penal code proposed by the government would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine ranging from $100 and $1,000.

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Head of Serbia church denounces planned gay pride march

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia -- The head of Serbia's influential Christian Orthodox church on Tuesday denounced a gay pride march planned for the weekend, adding to tensions over the event, which has faced threats from extremists. Patriarch Irinej said in a statement that the "shameless" event casts a moral shadow on Serbia — a conservative ...

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French court extends adoption rights to married, lesbian couples

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Court-of-Cassation
PARIS -- France's highest court has ruled that married lesbian couples are allowed to adopt their spouse's child born through in vitro fertilization or other medically assisted reproduction. The Cour de Cassation's ruling is a consequence of the legalization of same-sex marriage in France last year.

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Men in ‘gay wedding’ video face charges of debauchery, offending public morality

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Cairo
CAIRO -- Eight men arrested in Egypt for appearing in a video taken during an alleged same-sex "wedding" party, will face trial on charges of inciting debauchery and offending public morality. The men were detained earlier this month after the video, reportedly dating back to April, surfaced online.

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Uganda foreign minister begins term as leader of UN General Assembly

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sam Kutesa
UNITED NATIONS -- Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary. The Ugandan foreign minister said his priority will be to ensure agreement on new U.N. goals to fight poverty and...

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Prominent Ugandan gay activist to be granted asylum in U.S.

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere holds a Ugandan newspaper during a news conference Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Boston. Wambere is seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape a harsh anti-homosexual law in his home country. The 41-year-old, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., said Tuesday it is heartbreaking he will have to leave his community at home as well as his 16-year-old daughter, but it is too dangerous to return.
BOSTON -- John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist for over 17 years, has been recommended for asylum in the United States, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced Tuesday. In a letter dated September 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services informed Wambere that his application was...

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