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Nicolas Sarkozy: France’s same-sex marriage law should be scrapped

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Nicolas Sarkozy
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has embarked on a political comeback and is expected to run again for president in 2017, said Saturday that France's marriage equality law should be scrapped. [...]

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Botswana LGBT rights group wins legal recognition in landmark case

Sunday, November 16, 2014
LEGABIBO supporters celebrate outside the Botswana high court on Friday.
GABORONE, Botswana -- A judge in Botswana on Friday overturned a government ban on a gay rights lobbying group, saying refusal to recognize the group was "under the mistaken belief that the applicants intended to engage in homosexual practices." [...]

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Court in Saudi Arabia sentences gay man to 3 years in jail for ‘immoral acts’

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saudi-Arabia
MANAMA, Bahrain -- A court in eastern Saudi Arabia has sentenced a gay man to three years in prison for engaging in “immoral acts” after authorities found "offensive" pictures on his phone and social media posts where he sought to meet other men for sex. [...]

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Prison sentence reduced for leader of Russian anti-gay vigilante group

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth into abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, and who is serving five years in prison on unrelated charges, has had his sentence reduced. [...]

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Transgender Malaysians victorious over religious law banning cross-dressing

Friday, November 7, 2014
Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Three Malaysian transgender Muslims on Friday won a landmark court ruling against a religious law banning them from cross-dressing in what activists called a victory for human rights in a conservative Southeast Asian nation. [...]

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Latvia foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics via Twitter: ‘I proudly announce I’am gay’

Friday, November 7, 2014
Edgars Rinkevics
RIGA, Latvia -- Latvia's Foreign Minister has announced on Twitter that he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual Cabinet member in the Baltic country. Edgars Rinkevics late Thursday wrote a tweet in Latvian in support of legal recognition of gay partnerships with the hashtag "Proudtobegay." He followed up with another [...]

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N. Ireland bakery threatened with legal action over refusing gay rights cake

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland that earlier this year refused to make a cake for a local gay rights organization’s event, has been ordered to apologize and pay compensation or face legal action. In July, Ashers Baking Co., in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, refused to bake a novelty cake featuring [...]

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Russian memorial to Steve Jobs dismantled after Apple CEO comes out

Monday, November 3, 2014
Steve-Jobs-memorial
MOSCOW -- A Russian statue that pays tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been taken down in response to last week's announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook that he is gay. The six foot statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg was dismantled in part [...]

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Gay rights advocates march peacefully in conservative Montenegro

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Members of Montenegro's LGBT community march down a street in Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, protected by hundreds of riot police.
ODGORICA, Montenegro -- Protected by hundreds of riot police, about 200 gay activists marched peacefully on Sunday in Montenegro, a staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership. Carrying banners reading "Let's Love Each Other" or "This is Just Beginning," gay activists gathered in the capital, Podgorica, as police deployed... [...]

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8 men convicted, sentenced to 3 years in jail for alleged gay wedding in Egypt

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Eight Egyptian men are convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays.
CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted eight men for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison. The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. The eight [...]

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