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Vatican surveys find Catholics reject rules on morality, gay marriage

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Surveys commissioned by the Vatican have shown that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce.

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Human Rights Watch video documents increased violence against LGBT Russians

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Dmitry Lovetsky, APIn this June 29, 2013 photo, riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia.
NEW YORK -- The advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a video Tuesday documenting the increased violence against LGBTQ Russians.

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Scottish Parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Dan LittauerMarriage equality supporters celebrate the Scottish Parliament vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Scotland.
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland becomes the 17th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by an overwhelming majority.

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Russian school girl disciplined under country’s anti-gay propaganda ban

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Russia
BRYANSK, Russia -- A school girl in Russia has been accused of breaking the country's anti-gay propaganda law and is believed to be the first minor formally disciplined for promoting "non-traditional sexual relations" among her peers.

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Senegal police arrest 4 over attacks to rid their neighborhood of gays

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal — Police in a city outside Senegal's capital have arrested four young men accused of carrying out attacks in a bid to rid their neighborhood of gay people.

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Brazil police arrest ‘skateboard Nazis’ in brutal murder of gay teen

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Bruno Borges de Oliveira
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian police on Sunday arrested a gang of neo-Nazi skateboarders for the brutal murder of an 18 year-old gay teen last weekend in São Paulo.

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Police criticized after a dozen masked men attack gay film festival in Bosnia

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Police are being criticized for failing to provide adequate security for a gay film festival in Sarajevo that was attacked by a dozen masked men.

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Russian court sentences three men for murder of man they believe was gay

| Monday, February 3, 2014
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A Russian court has sentenced three men who were found guilty of the brutal murder of a man they stabbed and set on fire because they believed that he was gay.

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Malawi’s leading Christian group wants referendum affirming anti-gay laws

| Sunday, February 2, 2014
Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi -- The Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), the country's leading Christian organization, is demanding that the government hold a referendum on Malawi’s harsh anti-gay laws, confident that Malawians will send a message reaffirming their opposition to any effort to decriminalize homosexuality in the African nation.

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Mumbai sees record turnout for gay pride after India court re-criminalizes gay sex

| Sunday, February 2, 2014
TwitterParticipants unfurl a rainbow flag a Mumbai pride on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
MUMBAI, India -- A record crowd estimated at over 5,000 participants turned out for gay pride in Mumbai on Saturday, the first pride event since the country's supreme court reinstated a colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex.

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