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U.S. Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia. The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

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Abuse of boy whose mother called gay described in graphic testimony

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gabriel Fernandez
PALMDALE, Calif. -- Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy who was allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend. Court documents made public Monday show Gabriel Fernandez was doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a cabinet with a sock stuffed in his mouth...

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Labor Department extends employment protections to transgender workers

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Dept-of-Labor
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday issued guidance clarifying that sex discrimination includes gender identity and transgender status of individuals who work for federal contractors and subcontractors. The news follows a June announcement by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez that the department is updating enforcement protocols and ...

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Duggar mom records robocall against Ark. non-discrimination ordinance

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Michelle Duggar
Michelle Duggar, matriarch of the Duggar clan in TLC's reality series "19 Kids and Counting," recorded a robocall that is urging Fayetteville, Ark., residents to oppose an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance. The call was placed to area residents Monday urging them to speak out against the ordinance, which is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday evening by city council members...

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‘Will and Grace’ memorabilia joins Smithsonian LGBT history collection

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The  Smithsonian National Museum of American History is acquiring several pieces of history from the LGBT community, including items from the TV show “Will and Grace.”
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of LGBT people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace." Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History...

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Ugandan gays who fled persecution still feel danger in neighboring Kenya

| Sunday, August 17, 2014
A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
NAIROBI, Kenya -- When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. "The reaction shocked me. I went there. I thought it would be a celebration, but ... nothing," said Brizan Ogollan, founder of an aid organization...

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WNBA players Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson engaged

| Friday, August 15, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has proposed to the Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson and posted it on social media. Griner showed a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. In the post, Griner wrote: "Last Night was a Night to Remember(,) I became the happiest person on this earth! ...

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Campus Pride lists Top 50 most LGBT-friendly colleges, universities

| Friday, August 15, 2014
Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., is listed by Campus Pride as one of the Top 50 most LGBT-friendly schools.
Campus Pride has announced its 2014 list of the Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way. This is the first year Campus Pride has released a list of the fifty “Best of the Best.” In years past, Campus Pride has only featured a “Top 25 List.”

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Together 48 years, N.C. couple fights same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Lennie Gerber, left, and her spouse, Pearl Berlin, laugh while at their home in High Point, N.C. The couple, who have been together 48 years and legally married in Maine in 2013, have a federal challenge pending against North Carolina's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- On the summer night Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin committed to spending their lives together, the No. 1 song was "When A Man Loves A Woman." Lyndon B. Johnson was president. NASA had just landed the first unmanned probe on the moon. "We're still in love, after 48 years," Gerber, better known as Lennie, said recently. "We still can't begin the day without a good cuddle."

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Sun Devils’ Chip Sarafin: First active Div. I football player to come out as gay

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Chip Sarafin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out. Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.

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