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Jamaica woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Jamaican Simone Edwards, who sought asylum abroad, poses for a portrait in the center of The Hague, Netherlands. In 2008, Edwards survived an attack by two gunmen who hissed the anti-gay epithet “sodomite” at her as she lay bleeding on a street from two bullets. She later received asylum in the Netherlands and her story was told in the 2013 documentary “The Abominable Crime.”
When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican capital, police initially seemed less concerned about the attack than the fact she is a lesbian. [...]

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Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group

Monday, April 27, 2015
Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
The Kenyan constitution recognizes and protects the rights of minorities, the three judges of the High Court said in their ruling. The Non-Governmental Organization Co-ordination Board had refused to register the rights group on religious and moral grounds. [...]

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Russian court rules against gay teacher who was fired

Friday, April 24, 2015
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A St. Petersburg court has ruled against a gay music teacher who lost her job after being outed by an anti-gay activist. [...]

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Report: Pope rejected gay French diplomat over displeasure with same-sex marriage in France

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Laurent Stéfanini
A French newspaper reports that Pope Francis met France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, who is openly gay, and told him that the Vatican would not accept his appointment. [...]

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El Salvador approves measures banning same-sex marriage, gay couple adoption

Friday, April 17, 2015
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A package of constitutional reforms approved Thursday night would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador and also bar same-sex couples from adopting children. [...]

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Mexico’s Supreme Court says laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are ‘discriminatory’

Friday, April 17, 2015
Mexico's Supreme Court in Mexico City
A strongly-worded statement the court posted to its website said the majority of the judges who considered a case that challenged portions of the state of Sinaloa’s family code defining marriage between a man and a woman found them to be unconstitutional. [...]

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French court OKs adoption by lesbian partners

Thursday, April 16, 2015
France
A French court has authorized four lesbian women to adopt children born to their wives abroad through artificial insemination. [...]

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Egyptian court upholds decision to ban Libyan from entering country because he is gay

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Egypt
The student, who was not named, was barred from returning to Cairo from abroad in 2008 and had appealed the decision hoping to continue his studies at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. [...]

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Chilean president signs same‑sex civil union law

Monday, April 13, 2015
Michelle Bachelet
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America's most socially conservative nations. [...]

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Vatican mum on why France’s appointment of a gay diplomat has stalled

Friday, April 10, 2015
St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
The Vatican has yet to approve the appointment of an openly gay French ambassador to the Holy See, prompting observers to interpret the silence as a rebuke of the man’s sexual orientation. [...]

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