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Pressure mounts over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APJo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.
PHOENIX — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

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Councilman challenges recall, says petitioners want to remove him because he’s gay

| Monday, February 24, 2014
WRCB-TVChris Anderson
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A Chattanooga city councilman has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's recall statute after he says citizens petitioned to remove him from office because he is gay.

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Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban goes on trial in federal court Tuesday

| Monday, February 24, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer  are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
DETROIT -- Michigan's nearly decade-old ban on gay marriage is going to trial Tuesday, with two weeks set aside for testimony from experts about whether there's a legitimate state interest in restricting marriage to a man and a woman.

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State senator proposes striking same-sex marriage ban in Alaska

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Hollis French
JUNEAU, Alaska — The minority leader of the Alaska Senate on Monday proposed to strike the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Alaska.

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Ohio poll finds voters closely divided in support for same-sex marriage

| Monday, February 24, 2014
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A new poll finds that Ohioans are closely split when it comes to same-sex marriage.

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Three Ariz. GOP senators who voted for anti-gay bill now calling for veto

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Arizona state Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce.
PHOENIX -- Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill that has triggered a national backlash from gay rights advocates are now urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation.

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U.S. Sen. John McCain says governor should veto Arizona’s anti-gay bill

| Monday, February 24, 2014
U.S. Sen. John McCain
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday said that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others.

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Ariz. business leaders call for veto of anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Monday, February 24, 2014
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PHOENIX — Arizona's biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

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Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

| Sunday, February 23, 2014
Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassiby with her three sons.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth, has been introduced in the Illinois state legislature.

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LGBT activists protest Russia’s anti-gay laws at final USOC Olympic event

| Sunday, February 23, 2014
Queer Nation NYQueer Nation activist protest outside Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on February 23.
NEW YORK — Nearly three dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation held a raucous protest on Sunday at the United States Olympic Committee's final "Road to Sochi Tour" event at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

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