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UN conference provokes heated debate on gay rights

Friday, April 11, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
UNITED NATIONS -- Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said.

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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Italy
ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States.

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Africa’s anti-gay movement spreads to Ethiopia

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ethiopia
ADDIS ABBA, Ethiopia -- Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays.

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South Africa president says he ‘respects’ Uganda’s anti-gay law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Jacob Zuma
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The president of South Africa on Tuesday said he respects Uganda’s right to pass anti-gay legislation and that no action will be taken against the country.

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Egyptian court sentences men to 3-8 years for homosexuality

Monday, April 7, 2014
Egypt
CAIRO -- A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison.

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Pope Francis presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

Monday, April 7, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.

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Openly gay judge on top South African court discusses sexuality, state of nation

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Madelene Cronjé)Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron.
JOHANNESBURG — An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another judge praised Edwin Cameron, loftily describing their workplace as a shrine to democracy but also ribbing the colleague he sees often.

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Argentine president to be godmother to lesbian couple’s baby

Friday, April 4, 2014
Cristina Fernandez
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has agreed to be the godmother of a lesbian couple's baby in a Roman Catholic cathedral.

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Uganda police raid U.S. project known to offer HIV treatments to gays

Friday, April 4, 2014
Rebecca Vassie, APUganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives at an anti-gay rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan police raided the offices of a United States-funded project known to offer AIDS services to gays, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex.

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Ethiopia to allow mass anti-gay protests to alert society to ‘homosexual agenda’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Addis Ababa’s municipality on Tuesday approved a mass anti-gay protest to be held in Ethiopia’s capital and throughout the country later this month, according to the Ethiopian Reporter.

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