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Ill. couple sues cab company after driver tried to kick them out of taxi for kissing

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Matthew McCrea and Steven White
CHICAGO -- An Illinois couple is continuing their fight against a Chicago cab company after they claim a driver tried to kick them out of his taxi for kissing in the backseat. Matthew McCrea and Steven White have filed a lawsuit against Sun Taxi after their original complaint, filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights last October, was dismissed because the department said...

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Transgender rights group sues S.C. over teen’s driver’s license photo

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Chase Culpepper
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An organization that supports transgender rights has filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina after it refused to issue a driver's license to a 16-year-old gender non-conforming teen unless he took off his makeup. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund filed the lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of Chase Culpepper...

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N.Y. farm will no longer host weddings rather than allow same-sex ceremonies

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- The owners of an upstate New York farm who were ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and restitution for refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding say they will discontinue hosting all weddings rather than accommodate same-sex wedding ceremonies. Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of the Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y., "have decided...

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Marriage equality playing key role in many political races throughout Indiana

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's same-sex marriage ban in the constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But marriage equality is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.

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Miss. man says he was sexually abused in gay ‘conversion therapy’

| Monday, September 1, 2014
Jeff White
HERNANDO, Miss. -- A Mississippi man has filed a complaint alleging that a teacher at a church-run school sexually abused him in an attempt to change his sexual orientation from gay to straight. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) assisted in filing the complaint Friday with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Jeff White, 32, a former student of ...

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Berea, Ky., to hold public meeting on LGBT rights ordinance

| Monday, September 1, 2014
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BEREA, Ky. -- The city of Berea, Ky., has scheduled two meetings in September to discuss a proposed city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The proposal, modeled after several other so-called fairness ordinances that have passed around the state, would outlaw discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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Attorney who fought ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ dies after bicycle collides with truck

| Monday, September 1, 2014
Sher Kung
SEATTLE -- The bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle on Friday has been identified as a well-respected attorney who was part of the American Civil Liberties Union legal team that successfully challenged the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay service members.

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Hawaii governor blames primary loss on support for marriage equality

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii)
HONOLULU -- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage. Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii's open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for same-sex marriage and because they think...

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Four unsolved murders of transgender women test Baltimore police outreach

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
Kayla Gilchrist Jones
BALTIMORE -- The day after Mia Henderson's body was found in a Baltimore alley, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts invited members of the city's LGBT community to a meeting. "We are listening. We are paying attention," he told them. "We are responding, and we are taking this very seriously." That isn't nearly enough, advocates and some citizens say, after the second unsolved killing...

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Study: 1 in 5 kids in Los Angeles County foster care identifies as LGBTQ

| Saturday, August 30, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- One in five Los Angeles County foster youths identifies as LGBTQ, according to a study released this week by researchers at UCLA’s Williams Institute. The report, entitled “Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Los Angeles County Foster Care: Assessing Disproportionality and Disparities,” is the first population-based survey aimed at measuring sexual orientation...

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