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Gambia leader approves harsh anti-gay law that includes lifetime prison sentences

Friday, November 21, 2014
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh
DAKAR, Senegal -- The president of Gambia has signed a bill into law that calls for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, the latest African country to codify harsh penalties for the gay community.

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Montana same-sex couples exchange vows after gay marriage ban tossed

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Ben Bahnsen, left, puts a wedding ring on husband, Patrick Donnelly, as Unitarian minister Nina Grey officiates their marriage on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Gay couples are lining up for marriage licenses at county courthouses across Montana on Thursday, a day after a federal judge tossed out the state's ban on same-sex marriage. At least two counties - Missoula and Park - started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday, while court clerks elsewhere geared up to do so Thursday.

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Uganda’s new anti-gay bill could be debated in parliament before Christmas

Thursday, November 20, 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.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan lawmakers have drafted a new anti-gay bill that could be introduced for debate in the country's parliament before Christmas, a parliamentarian said Thursday. The new bill is in "advanced stages" and will focus on punishing the promotion of homosexuality, said Ugandan lawmaker Latif Ssebaggala, a strong supporter of anti-gay legislation.

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block same-sex marriages in South Carolina

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina but Attorney General Alan Wilson said the issue is still not settled. The court denied Wilson's request to prevent the marriages while he appeals last week's decision by a federal judge tossing out the state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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Remembering lost brothers, sisters this 16th Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Today is the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, and a day to raise awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community.

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‘19 Kids’ star Josh Duggar leads anti-gay marriage rally at Arkansas capitol

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Josh Duggar of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," now Executive Director of FRC Action, speaks at an ant-gay marriage rally in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Opponents of same-sex marriage rallied at the Arkansas state Capitol on Wednesday, demanding that the state Supreme Court not overturn a 2004 ballot measure that defines marriage in Arkansas as being between one man and one woman.

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Jason Collins, NBA’s first openly gay player, announces he’s retiring

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Jason Collins, a 13-year veteran of the National Basketball Association who last year became the league's first openly gay player, is retiring.

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Kansas Supreme Court lifts hold on marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for additional gay marriages in the state's most populous county while declaring that it would defer to the federal courts on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriages is constitutional. The Kansas court also declined to say whether all of the state's 105 counties fall under a...

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Fourth Circuit rejects attempt to delay same-sex marriage in South Carolina

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Courthouse in Richmond, Va., is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for same-sex couples to be married in South Carolina beginning this week - at least for now. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, denied the state's request to block the marriages while it appeals a lower court's ruling overturning South Carolina's ban on gay marriage.

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Same-sex couples wed on the steps of historic Wichita, Kansas courthouse

Monday, November 17, 2014
People cheer as about 20 couples marry in a same-sex marriage ceremony on the steps of the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., Monday, Nov.17, 2014.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Gay and lesbian couples wed Monday evening on the steps of a historic courthouse in Wichita, even as officials elsewhere in Kansas refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex partners because the state Supreme Court has not yet signed off.

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