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Delay in allowing same-sex civil unions draws protests in Greece

| Friday, September 5, 2014
A lesbian couple Christina, left, and Ioanna hold a banner that reads ''Same taxes, same rights'' during a protest outside Greece's Parliament in Athens on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
ATHENS, Greece -- Gay rights protesters have gathered outside Greece's parliament after the government said it would delay legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, despite a recent European court ruling against the country on the issue. About 500 people joined the peaceful protest in central Athens Friday, held while lawmakers prepared to vote on an anti-racism bill.

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Mugabe says China aid doesn’t require Zimbabwe to ‘embrace homosexuality’

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe told a Chinese TV interviewer that he resents Western international aid because it always depends on conditions such as accepting homosexuality. The Telegraph reports that Mugabe praised Beijing for being “very constructive” in its assistance towards Zimbabwe, remarking that aid from Europe and America “always attach conditions” ...

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Mexican state of Coahuila legalizes same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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SALTILLO, Coahuila, Mexico -- The Congress of the Mexican state of Coahuila has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The congress on Monday voted 19-1 to alter more than 40 parts of the state's civil code to make marriage gender neutral, making Coahuila the first state in Mexico to legalize same-sex marriage through its state legislature.

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Bahamas gay pride weekend cut short by death threats

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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An inaugural gay pride weekend in the Bahamas was cut short as members of the LGBT community abandoned the planned events “out of fear” of repercussions from irate members of the public, reported the Nassau Guardian. Event organizer Victor Rollins said he received death threats on his Facebook page after posting pictures Sunday of event attendees holding gay pride flags along with Bahamian flags on a beach.

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Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law amid fears for his safety

| Friday, August 29, 2014
Javed Jaghai
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about his safety. Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans sex between men.

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Colombia allows lesbian partner to adopt child born via artificial insemination

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Veronica Botero and Ana Elisa Leiderman with their children Raquel and Ari.
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its mothers. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner Veronica Botero however doesn't have any custodial or legal rights ...

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Sailor is first member of Chile’s armed forces to come out as gay

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Mauricio Ruiz, 24, sailor of the Chilean Navy, right, comes out publicly as gay during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014. Ruiz who was accompanied by Rolando Jimenez, left, president of the Homosexual Liberation and Integration Movement, is the first member of the Chilean armed forces ever to come out publicly as gay with the approval of the High Command of the Chilean navy.
SANTIAGO, Chile -- A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation. Chile has traditionally been a tough place for homosexuals, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The killing of a gay man in Chile 2012 set off a national debate...

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Berlin’s first openly gay mayor to resign by end of year

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Klaus Wowereit
BERLIN -- Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating over struggles in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, said Tuesday he will step down by the end of the year. Wowereit told reporters he would resign Dec. 11 after more than 13 years in office.

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Ecuador to formally recognize couples in same-sex civil unions

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
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QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on Saturday said that same-sex couples in civil unions can now have their relationships officially recognized by the Ecuador government. Correa said LGBT people will have "the full constitutional right" to register their civil unions, and have them recorded on their national ID cards, reports AFP.

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Lawmaker blames Spain’s trillion dollar debt on ‘subsidies to homosexuals’

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Luz Elena Sanín
A Spanish lawmaker is facing calls to resign after blaming Spain's $1 trillion deficit on "subsidies offered to homosexuals" by the previous socialist government. The Local reports that Popular Party senator Luz Elena Sanín told journalists that Spain’s ruling conservative party had increased its public spending due to “the debts” caused by “subsidies for...

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