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Judge upholds Mo. law limiting time, distance of funeral protests

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge has upheld a Missouri law requiring protesters to stay at least a football-field length away from funeral sites, beginning an hour before they start until an hour after the services end. [ Read more → ]
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Klingenschmitt: ‘It’s a tragedy every time somebody comes out of the closet’

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
On today’s “Pray In Jesus Name” program, Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt interviewed conservative author Michel Brown about a variety of issues, including the announcement by NFL prospect Michael Sam that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

The PR campaign to whitewash the right’s anti-gay Uganda history

Sunday, March 9, 2014
As a communications person myself, I can really appreciate a good PR campaign, and the best I’ve seen in a long time is the new effort by U.S. right-wing evangelicals to completely whitewash their own history of involvement with Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law. For the last five years, human rights advocates around the world been discussing how U.S. conservative figures were integrally involved in the creation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (originally called the “Kill the Gays Bill”). [ Read more → ]
WPTZ-TVBarbara Ernst and Barbara Supeno

Lesbian couple sues Vt. town claiming a decade of anti-gay harassment

Sunday, March 9, 2014
ADDISON, Vt. -- A lesbian couple is suing the town of Addison, Vt., alleging they have been subjected to 10 years of discrimination, harassment and intimidation by residents and town officials because of their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
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Ky. child care agency says short-lived plan to hire gays resulted in lost funding

Friday, March 7, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Uncertainty over a short-lived proposal to open employment to gays at Kentucky's largest private child care agency prompted many of its supportive churches to withhold giving last year, causing a multi-million dollar shortfall. [ Read more → ]
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Austin dentist provides free dental reconstruction for hate crime victim

Thursday, March 6, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas man who had nine of his teeth knocked out in a violent assault during Austin's gay pride weekend in 2012, is sporting a new smile thanks to the goodwill of an Austin dentist. [ Read more → ]
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Kansas reopens debate on religious freedom for those opposed to gay unions

Thursday, March 6, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Legislators are reopening a debate on whether Kansas should enact special legal protections for people, groups and businesses opposing same-sex marriage for religious reasons. [ Read more → ]
Nigeria

Four men convicted of gay sex whipped in north Nigerian court

Thursday, March 6, 2014
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said. [ Read more → ]
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Focus on the Family: Gays blame Christians for their own emotional pain

Thursday, March 6, 2014
On the most recent “CitizenLink Report” from Focus on the Family, Stuart Shepard and Bruce Hausknecht defended the recently vetoed legal discrimination bill in Arizona as nothing more than “an otherwise ordinary bill” that was badly misrepresented by gay activists. [ Read more → ]
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Kerry speaks with Uganda president, says anti-gay law complicates U.S. ties

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Uganda's president that the African nation's new anti-gay law will complicate its relationship with America. [ Read more → ]
Uganda

Aids cuts, loan delays hit Uganda’s economy, poor health sector

Friday, February 28, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said Friday, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall because of the country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
World Bank headquarters in Washington DC

World Bank delays $90 million loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) vetoes SB 1062.

Ariz. governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have added protections for people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
APIn this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, Uganda's health minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, speaks to the media outside Mulago Hospital, Uganda’s national referral hospital, in Kampala, Uganda.

Uganda health minister: Gays will not be denied medical care

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected to become even more difficult for the country's homosexuals, including getting health care. The Ugandan government has issued assurances that health workers will not discriminate against homosexuals, but some gays say they are not confident about that. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Ariz. governor returns home amid furor over anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights. [ Read more → ]
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The separation of religion and hate: Attacking the protection of freedom

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The very core of the foundation of the U.S. Constitution is under attack, and it seems that the attackers relate very favorably to those who have encouraged Uganda and Nigeria, to mention just two nations, in their terrifying anti-gay legislation. The real concern, additional to the anti-gay intolerance, is a call to amend the Constitution; even to rewrite it, amounting to little more than a theocracy under which any religion could claim supremacy. [ Read more → ]
Oklahoma

Oklahoma anti-gay religious freedom bill being redrafted amid Arizona firestorm

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays will be rewritten and likely won't be considered in its current form this legislative session, the measure's House author said Tuesday. The bill (HB... [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. lawmakers introduce ‘right to refuse service’ religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer deliberates the fate of her state's anti-gay religious freedom bill, legislation was filed on Monday in the Missouri Senate that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

UN chief demands repeal of Uganda law, Netherlands freezes aid subsidy

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday demanded that Uganda revise or repeal the law imposing prison sentences for the "crime" of homosexuality, adding to the growing international criticism of the measure signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.

Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APA Ugandan reads a copy of the "Red Pepper" tabloid newspaper in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after the president Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

Uganda tabloid prints list of ‘top’ homosexuals

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APJo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

Pressure mounts over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
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Uganda president calls gays ‘disgusting’ in interview after signing anti-gay law

Monday, February 24, 2014
Just hours after signing a harsh anti-gay law that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni called gays "disgusting" in an interview with CNN. [ Read more → ]
via Twitteruganda President Yoweri Museveni signs anti-gay bill into law.

International leaders, LGBT community react to signing of Uganda’s anti-gay bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A look at world reactions after Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial anti-gay bill that calls for harsh penalties, including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders, and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for, among other offenses, repeated gay sex between consenting adults. [ Read more → ]
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Ariz. business leaders call for veto of anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX — Arizona's biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. [ Read more → ]
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