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Divisive anti-gay marriage bill, anti-gay adoption measure scrapped in Texas Legislature

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin
Texas lawmakers have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer, and an anti-gay adoption measure has been abandoned. [...]

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Vatican: Ireland same-sex marriage vote a ‘defeat for humanity’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Pope Francis
The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage a "defeat for humanity," evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage. [...]

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India appoints first transgender individual as college principal

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Manabi Banerjee
Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women's College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, said Dipak K. Kar, chairman of an education panel that selects college principals in the state. [...]

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Marco Rubio: LGBT rights ‘a real and present danger’ to freedom

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Marco Rubio was the subject of a fawning profile on today’s edition of “The 700 Club,” in which host Pat Robertson hailed the GOP presidential candidate as “the Democrats’ worst nightmare.” [...]

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What does Ireland’s vote say about the U.S. debate on same‑sex marriage?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Rory O'Neill, known by the Drag persona Panti Bliss, celebrates with yes supporters at Dublin Castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015.
Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. [...]

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A nation reborn: Ireland’s gay community awakens to a whole new world

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Yes supporters celebrate their new found equality on Saturday, May 23, 2015, after Ireland became the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens.
Ireland's gay citizens woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn - some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. Ireland's unexpectedly strong 62 percent "yes" to adding same-sex marriage to its conservative 1937 constitution is expected to lead to a wave of gay weddings this [...]

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Ireland votes resoundingly to legalize same-sex marriage

Saturday, May 23, 2015
A yes supporter waits at Dublin castle for the final result in the referendum in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.
Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize same-sex marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution." [...]

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TLC yanks ’19 Kids’ from schedule amid Josh Duggar molestation confession

Friday, May 22, 2015
TLC
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there's now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation confession ... the network had to make the decision. [...]

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Josh Duggar resigns from anti‑gay hate group amid reports he molested five girls as a teenager

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of the accusations becoming public. [...]

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Born this way: Majority of Americans say being gay is not a choice

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
AP
A new Gallup poll released Wednesday finds that, for the first time, a majority of Americans say same-sex orientation is something gays and lesbians are born with, rather than something that is determined by their upbringing or environment. [...]

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