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Latvia foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics via Twitter: ‘I proudly announce I’am gay’

Friday, November 7, 2014
Edgars Rinkevics
RIGA, Latvia -- Latvia's Foreign Minister has announced on Twitter that he's gay, becoming the first openly homosexual Cabinet member in the Baltic country. Edgars Rinkevics late Thursday wrote a tweet in Latvian in support of legal recognition of gay partnerships with the hashtag "Proudtobegay." He followed up with another tweet in English saying...

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N. Ireland bakery threatened with legal action over refusing gay rights cake

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland that earlier this year refused to make a cake for a local gay rights organization’s event, has been ordered to apologize and pay compensation or face legal action. In July, Ashers Baking Co., in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, refused to bake a novelty cake featuring Sesame Street characters...

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Russian memorial to Steve Jobs dismantled after Apple CEO comes out

Monday, November 3, 2014
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MOSCOW -- A Russian statue that pays tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been taken down in response to last week's announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook that he is gay. The six foot statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg was dismantled in part because it would be a violation of the country's anti-gay laws.

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Gay rights advocates march peacefully in conservative Montenegro

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Members of Montenegro's LGBT community march down a street in Podgorica, Montenegro, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, protected by hundreds of riot police.
ODGORICA, Montenegro -- Protected by hundreds of riot police, about 200 gay activists marched peacefully on Sunday in Montenegro, a staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership. Carrying banners reading "Let's Love Each Other" or "This is Just Beginning," gay activists gathered in the capital, Podgorica, as police deployed...

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8 men convicted, sentenced to 3 years in jail for alleged gay wedding in Egypt

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Eight Egyptian men are convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays.
CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted eight men for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison. The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. The eight were detained in September...

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Openly gay Scottish MEP: Gay marriage supporters are ‘equality Nazis’

Thursday, October 30, 2014
David Coburn
David Coburn, Scotland’s UKIP (UK Independent Party) Member of the European Parliament (MEP), who describes himself as "spectacularly homosexual" and a "great big screaming poof," said Thursday that marriage equality supporters are “equality Nazis” who are "rubbing people’s noses in the dirt."

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Global LGBT rights conference opens in Mexico City

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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MEXICO CITY — A global LGBT rights conference that formally opened on Tuesday in the Mexican capital has drawn hundreds of advocates from 50 countries. ...

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Singapore upholds law that criminalizes gay sex

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Singapore
Singapore's highest court ruled on Wednesday that a law that criminalizes sex between men is in line with the city-state's constitution, rejecting two separate appeals by three men that the measure infringed their human rights.

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Macedonia: Gay rights activists attacked in Skopje cafe, two wounded

Friday, October 24, 2014
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SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Police say about 30 people wearing masks and throwing rocks and bottles have attacked members of a gay rights activist group in Macedonia, wounding two of them. Friday's assault occurred at a coffee shop in the Old Bazaar section of Skopje, the capital, as the LGBT Association of Macedonia was...

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Former Italian premier promotes legalizing same-sex civil unions in Italy

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Silvio Berlusconi
ROME -- Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage. In Rome, where politicians are sensitive to Vatican policy, the leader of Italy's largest center-right party told reporters Thursday that allowing civil unions by gays would be the "right compromise" between freedom for all and...

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