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Luxembourg legislature votes to legalize same-sex marriage, adoption

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Luxembourg
Luxembourg's legislature voted Wednesday to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, making the tiny country the eleventh in Europe to allow marriage equality for same-sex couples. The measure passed in the Chamber of Deputies by a vote of 56-4 after a petition by opponents failed to gain the required 4,500 signatures. [...]

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Gay politician attacked with acid substance at Vienna pride event

Monday, June 16, 2014
Ulrike Lunacek
VIENNA -- Austria's first openly gay politician was the victim of an attack at Friday's annual LGBT pride parade in Vienna. An unknown assailant sprayed butyric acid at Ulrike Lunacek, leader of the Austrian Greens’ delegation to the European Parliament, as she was giving an interview on the sidelines of [...]

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More than 100,000 party in Israel at largest LGBT pride in the Middle East

Friday, June 13, 2014
Israeli dancers perform during the annual Gay Pride Parade on a street of Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, June 13, 2014.
JERUSALEM -- Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city's annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East. [...]

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Controversial Ugandan official may get United Nations post

Monday, June 9, 2014
Sam Kutesa
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Sam Kutesa became known to many Ugandans after he was ousted as a junior investment minister by lawmakers over charges he abused his office. Now foreign minister, he has been implicated in at least two more scandals since 1999, including allegations that he accepted bribes from foreign [...]

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Slovakia parliament approves constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Slovakia
Slovakia’s parliament approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, amending its definition of marriage to be the “unique bond between a man and a woman.” The bill, approved Wednesday by a vote of 102 to 18 with three abstentions, was jointly proposed by the ruling socialist Smer party and the [...]

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George Takei sees movement toward gay pride beginning in Japan

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Actor George Takei, left, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, center, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe toast during a reception at Kennedy's official residence Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Tokyo.
TOKYO — George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal. Takei said he has noticed a [...]

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Three men sentenced in 2013 attack on gay couple in Paris

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Wilfred de Bruijn in a photo he posted to Facebook on Sunday (left), and during an interview Wednesday at his Paris apartment (right).
PARIS — Three French men were sentenced in Paris on Tuesday for a 2013 attack on a gay man and his partner who were walking arm-in-arm. The men were sentenced for the attack on Wilfred de Bruijn, who was beaten unconscious near his home early in central Paris on April [...]

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Thousands celebrate at Cyprus’ first ever LGBT pride parade

Saturday, May 31, 2014
A participant dances as other people smile while taking part in the first gay pride parade in downtown Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Several thousand people have turned out for Cyprus' first gay pride parade, an event which organizers say show that Cypriots are shedding their conservative views. [...]

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Moscow police detain two at unsanctioned gay pride demonstration

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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MOSCOW -- Police in the Russian capital have detained two protesters who were holding an unsanctioned gay pride demonstration. [...]

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South Africa elects country’s first openly gay, black MP

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Zakhele Mbhele
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has elected the country’s first openly gay, black Member of Parliament (MP). Zakhele Mbhele, 29, was sworn in last week as part of South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament, and is thought to be the first gay black MP on the African continent. [...]

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