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Finland president signs marriage equality bill, law takes effect in 2017

Friday, February 20, 2015
Finland
Finland's president has signed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in the Nordic country, but because the reform will require wide-ranging changes in other legislation, the new marriage act will not take effect until 2017. [...]

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Gay Catholics get Vatican welcome, but no papal shout-out

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Sister Jeannine Gramick, left, and Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of Catholic gay rights group New Ways Ministry, pose for a photo in front of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, after attending Pope Francis' weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
The Vatican did something it has never done before by giving a group of U.S. gay and lesbian Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis' weekly general audience Wednesday. [...]

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Intimate image of gay couple in Russia wins World Press Photo award

Thursday, February 12, 2015
In this photo provided on Thursday Feb. 12, 2015 by World Press Photo, the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 by Mads Nissen, Denmark, for Scanpix/Panos Pictures, shows Jonathan Jacques Louis, 21, and Alexander Semyonov, 25, a gay couple during an intimate moment in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The intimate image of Jon and Alex is part of a larger project by Danish photographer Mads Nissen called "Homophobia in Russia" that highlights how life is increasingly difficult for sexual minorities in Russia. [...]

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Italy’s highest appeals court rejects same‑sex marriage

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Italy
Italy's highest appeals court on Monday rejected same-sex marriage, saying there was nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. [...]

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New Greek government vows to grant same-sex couples legal status

Monday, February 9, 2015
Greece
Greece's new left-wing government has promised to grant same-sex couples legal status, in response to a 2013 international court decision condemning the country for discrimination. [...]

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Slovakia vote on gay rights restrictions not binding due to insufficient turnout

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Slovakia
A nationwide referendum on restricting gay rights in Slovakia has failed to produce a legally binding result after the required number of eligible voters did not turn out. [...]

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Slovakia holds referendum on same-sex marriage, adoption

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovaks are voting in a nationwide a referendum that would bar gay marriages and adoptions, and allow parents to decide whether their children attend sex education classes. [...]

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Pope Francis urges Slovakia to vote ‘yes’ on referendum to restrict gay rights

Friday, February 6, 2015
Slovakia
Slovakia's anti-gay marriage movement has received massive support from the Catholic Church, and Pope Francis this week even gave his blessing to the referendum in an address on St. Peter's Square. [...]

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Hungarian court says sentence in gay pride attack too lenient

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Hungary’s Supreme Court (Kuria)
Hungary's Supreme Court has ordered the retrial of three anti-gay protesters convicted of attacking police guarding the Budapest Pride march in 2011 because it considered the sentence too lenient. [...]

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ISIS terrorists throw alleged gay man from building, then stone him to death

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Images show the man sat on a plastic chair, while blindfolded, before being thrown off a seven-story building in Syria.
Islamic State terrorists have reportedly blindfolded a man and thrown him off a seven-story rooftop in Syria for "being gay" before stoning him to death after he survived the fall. [...]

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