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Marine suspected of trans woman’s murder transferred to Philippine custody

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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MANILA, Philippines -- The U.S. military turned over a Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman to the Philippine military's main camp in the capital Wednesday, easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton had been detained on board the [...]

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Marine accused in murder of transgender Filipino tests U.S.-Philippine ties

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Jennifer Laude murder
OLONGAPO, Philippines -- Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them - a U.S. Marine authorities suspect [...]

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Rome mayor registers 16 gay marriages in open defiance of Italy’s government

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Rome gay marriages
ROME -- The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad in open defiance of Italy's government. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations [...]

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Catholic bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of church split

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Pope Francis talks to prelates as he arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals [...]

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Updated translation of Vatican report much colder, less welcoming to gays

Thursday, October 16, 2014
St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays - but only if they speak English. After a draft report by bishops debating family issues came under criticism from conservative English-speaking bishops, the Vatican released a new translation on Thursday. [...]

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Vatican mystery: Where did the ‘gays are welcome’ message originate?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Vatican City
VATICAN CITY -- It's one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that [...]

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Philippine police accuse U.S. Marine in transgender murder case

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Protesters shout slogans during a rally at the Department of Foreign Affairs to demand justice for the killing of Filipino Jennifer Laude with a U.S. Marine as a possible suspect Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The activists demanded that Washington hand over to the Philippines a Marine implicated in the killing of Laude which the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.
MANILA, Philippines -- A police inspector says a complaint for murder has been filed in the Philippines accusing a U.S. Marine of killing a transgender Filipino in a motel room. Police Chief Inspector Gil Domingo said Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim late [...]

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U.S. Embassy denounces plans to adopt anti-gay law in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyz Republic -- The United States is condemning plans in Kyrgyzstan to adopt an anti-gay propaganda law, a measure that is similar to anti-gay legislation passed in Russia in 2013. Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has begun debating the bill that would introduce tougher punishment for “popularizing homosexual relations” and “propaganda... [...]

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Rollback: Conservative Catholic bishops distance themselves from gay overture

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Bishops attend a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Conservative Catholic bishops concerned about an unprecedented opening to gays and divorced people are seeking to make their voices heard at a Vatican meeting on family life, emphasizing the benefits of faithful Catholics, the fundamentals of church doctrine and the dangers of sin. [...]

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Protesters demand Philippine custody of Marine suspected in alleged hate crime

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Protesters burn a mock U.S. flag during a rally at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, to protest the killing of a Filipino transgender with the possible involvement of a U.S. serviceman Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The activists demanded that Washington hand over to the Philippines the Marine implicated in the killing of Jennifer Laude whom the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.
MANILA, Philippines -- Dozens of activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labeled a hate crime. Jeffrey Laude, [...]

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