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Nigeria president signs bill outlawing same-sex marriage, gay rights groups

| Monday, January 13, 2014
David Karp, APNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has signed a draconian anti-gay law banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders.

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Gay men in Tel Aviv attacked by group hurling homophobic slurs

| Sunday, January 12, 2014
Courtesy photo to LGBTQ NationOr Azulay (left) and Moshiko Hadad.
TEL-Aviv, Israel -- A group of gay and straight friends were violently attacked in Tel Aviv on Saturday by mob of 11 people hurling anti-gay slurs, just one week following a similar attack on a transgender woman.

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Gay man jailed in Cameroon for sending ‘I love you’ text to another man dies

| Sunday, January 12, 2014
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YAOUNDE, Cameroon — A gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying "I'm very much in love with you," and who was later declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, has died, according to a lawyer who worked on his case.

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Russian Orthodox Church official calls for re-criminalizing homosexuality

| Friday, January 10, 2014
Vsevolod Chaplin
MOSCOW -- An spokesperson for Russia's powerful Orthodox Church called on the Russian government Friday to reintroduce Soviet-era laws banning homosexuality.

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Leader of anti-gay Russian extremist group flees to Cuba

| Friday, January 10, 2014
vk.comMartsinkevich in Havana Cuba, December 2013.
HAVANA -- The founder of the anti-gay Russian extremist group “Occupy Pedophilia” has fled Ukraine, where he was hiding to avoid arrest by Russian authorities for a series of criminal homophobic assaults against LGBTQ people, and is now believed by Russian law enforcement to be hiding in Cuba.

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Israel city unveils gay Holocaust victims memorial

| Friday, January 10, 2014
Oded Balilty, APAn Israeli man reads the text from a new monument honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis during World War II for their sexual orientation and gender identity, In Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The landmark joins similar memorials in Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney and San Francisco dedicated to gay victims of the Holocaust.
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel's cultural and financial capital unveiled a memorial Friday honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis, the first specific recognition in Israel for non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

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Official: Luxembourg to legalize same-sex marriage by summer

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
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LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg -- The President of Luxembourg’s Parliamentary Committee on Justice said that marriage equality would become law before the summer holidays.

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Chile’s Senate votes in favor of same-sex civil unions bill

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile — A same-sex civil union bill has been overwhelmingly approved in Chile’s Senate. On Tuesday, 28 Senators voted in favor the Life Partner Agreement (AVP) while only six opposed it and two absented, reported the Santiago Times.

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Russian actor who wants to burn gays alive, wants Putin to criminalize sodomy

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Ivan Okhlobystin
A popular Russian actor, who last month said he wants to burn gay people alive because they pose a danger to his children, has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to bring back a Soviet law criminalizing “sodomy.”

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Scotland school chaplain sacked for saying gay is a ‘perversion,’ ‘disorder’

| Monday, January 6, 2014
Rev. Donald Michael MacInnes
GLASGOW, Scotland -- A Church of Scotland chaplain has been sacked from a Glasgow school after describing being gay as a “perversion” and “disorder” during a discussion about marriage equality.

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