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Gay rights activist pleased with papal message

Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Metropolitan Cathedral is illuminated in the colors of the Paraguayan flag during evening prayers with Pope Francis in Asuncion, Paraguay.
The Paraguayan gay rights activists who attended a gathering that Pope Francis held with 1,600 members of so-called civil society says some in his own movement thought he should have skipped it. ...

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Toledo judge takes over weddings after gay couple turned away

Friday, July 10, 2015
Lucas County Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Municipal Judge Michelle Wagner says she doesn't want to see a same-sex couple go before a judge who is not interested in conducting the ceremony. She said it is her privilege to perform those weddings. ...

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High Colombian official urges courts to OK same-sex marriage

Monday, June 29, 2015
A reveler holds a gay pride flag during the gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Thousands paraded through the streets of Bogota and called for a law granting social security and matrimonial rights for gay couples.
A top Cabinet minister on Sunday urged Colombia's courts to legalize same-sex marriage and support the right of such couples to adopt. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling likely to have global impact

Monday, June 29, 2015
A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the Monument of the Soviet Army, during the Sofia Gay Pride Parade in Sofia, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Hundreds paraded through the Bulgarian capital of Sofia under rainbow-colored balloons and banners for that city's eighth Gay Pride march on Saturday.
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help advance their cause. ...

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Turkish police use water cannons to disperse participants at LGBT pride rally

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Turkish police use a water canon to disperse participants of an LGBT Pride event in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Between 100 and 200 protestors were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area.
Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas against LGBT pride marchers trying to rally in Istanbul's central square on Sunday, forcing the thousands of demonstrators to gather several blocks away. ...

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German museum launches exhibit documenting 150 years of gay history

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The exhibit traces 150 years of gay history in the country, including the first uses of the term "homosexual," the brutal Nazi-era repression of gays and gradual moves toward legal equality starting in the 1960s. ...

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LGBT rights advocates slam Malaysia for prosecuting transgender women

Monday, June 22, 2015
Human Rights Watch on Monday criticized a Malaysian Islamic court for fining nine Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing and jailing two of them for a month. ...

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Pitcairn Island, population 48, legalizes same-sex marriage

Monday, June 22, 2015
Adamstown on Pitcairn Island.
Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that's home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage - but has no gay couples wanting to wed. ...

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PHOTOS: Thousands attend high-profile LGBT pride event staged in Latvia’s capital

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Oksana Dzadan, AP
Participants in colorful outfits waved rainbow flags and standards from Spain, Britain, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia, among others, as they marched and danced to loud music in central Riga. ...

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U.S. ambassador praises Australian gay rights progress, despite same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 15, 2015
John Berry
John Berry, who is openly gay, told Australian marriage equality supporters that although their nation continues to ban same-sex marriage, it remains more progressive than his own in protecting the rights of gay employees. ...

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