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Judge dismisses last sex abuse lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Kevin Clash
PHILADELPHIA -- A judge in Pennsylvania dismissed the last of five sex-abuse lawsuits filed against the Emmy-winning puppeteer who voiced the "Sesame Street" character Elmo. The ruling did not weigh the merits of the claims but said 25-year-old accuser Sheldon ...

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Methodist pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding appeals his defrocking

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, arrives for a Methodist judicial panel appeal hearing of his defrocking in Linthicum, Md. Friday, June 20, 2014.
LINTHICUM, Md. -- A United Methodist pastor on Friday asked a church appeals panel to overturn a decision to defrock him for refusing to promise to uphold the church's law, which bans ministers from performing same-sex marriages. Frank Schaefer of ...

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Perry acknowledges he ‘stepped right in it’ with anti-gay remarks

Friday, June 20, 2014
Rick Perry
WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it was a mistake for him to compare alcoholism and homosexuality in an effort to explain his views. Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that he "stepped ...

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Congressman: ‘Real men’ oppose same-sex marriage, protect ‘your woman’

Thursday, June 19, 2014
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), the chief sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, had a message for “every man in America” at Thursday's "March for Marriage" rally in Washington: “Your woman, your wife, she needs you, it’s time you become ...

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Brian Brown confident anti-gay activists ‘stand on the right side of history’

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Speaking at the "March for Marriage" rally in Washington on Thursday, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown declared that those fighting against marriage equality will never give up and will eventually be victorious because "we stand for the truth ...

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Huckabee: Failure to stop gay marriage will unleash God’s judgment upon the nation

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Mike Huckabee closed out Thursday's "March for Marriage" rally in Washington with a speech dedicated primarily to excoriating the nation's judicial system for striking down various bans on gay marriage and demanding that legislators, political leaders, and citizens alike ...

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Defrocked Methodist pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding appeals punishment

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer
Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice. Defrocked by the United Methodist Church six months ago for officiating his son's same-sex wedding, Schaefer has gained a following among reformers who want the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination to loosen ...

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Gay candidate’s ad campaign features husband, ‘plan for ‘happily ever after’

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Brett Smiley, an openly gay Democratic candidate for for mayor of Providence, R.I., has released a campaign video focusing on how he gets things done, including his "plan for happily ever after.” The ad, titled "Man with a Plan," features ...

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Christie denounces comment by Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Friday, June 13, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a visit to San Francisco on Friday, June 13,  2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denouncing comments by fellow Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in which people can choose to change their behavior. Perry said earlier this week that people may feel ...

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Hillary Clinton defends her support of same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Hillary Clinton participates in a conversation about her career in government and her new book, "Hard Choices.," at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York, Thursday, June 12, 2014.
NEW YORK -- Hillary Rodham Clinton tersely defended her initial opposition to gay marriage, denying in a radio interview that political reasons were behind her shift last year to supporting same-sex marriage. She accused the host of the show of ...

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