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Obama eulogizes Mandela: ‘You can make his life’s work your own’

| Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Matt Dunham, APPresident Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination.

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Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at age 95

| Thursday, December 5, 2013
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JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died.

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Plaintiff in N.M. same-sex marriage lawsuit loses battle with brain cancer

| Monday, November 11, 2013
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SANTA FE, N.M. -- Jennifer Neuman-Roper, one of the plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit seeking marriage equality in New Mexico, died on Friday of advanced cancer. She was 44.

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Ill. lawmaker: Son would be proud I voted for gay marriage in his final hours

| Thursday, November 7, 2013
Naomi Jakobsson
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois lawmaker says her late son would be proud that she returned to the state capitol to vote for same-sex marriage in his last hours.

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For Matthew Shepard and countless others, the work to erase hate continues

| Saturday, October 12, 2013
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Fifteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Wayne Shepard, a 21-year old college freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie. He was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left die on the cold Wyoming prairie...

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A gay dad mourns the loss of Joe Bell, killed in the line of duty of being a dad

| Thursday, October 10, 2013
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“Making headway, one step at a time.” This was the last communication from Joe Bell on his epic quest to walk across the United States and do everything within his power to end bullying, intolerance and suicide. His journey was not the result of an idealistic publicity stunt. It was a mission...

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‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ – The life and legacy of a young gay man

| Sunday, September 22, 2013
Matt Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father's wallet.
On this 15th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, filmmaker Michele Josue -- a high school classmate and close friend of Matthew's -- brings to the screen the story of the life, death, and lasting legacy of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man with aspirations to one day change the world.

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In Memoriam: Obama, nation pay tribute to the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001

| Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APPresident Barack Obama lowers his head during a moment of silence at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, during a ceremony to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hung over his observance Wednesday of the Sept. 11 attacks that occurred a dozen years ago.

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Remembering Billy Lucas, the boy whose suicide inspired a movement

| Monday, September 9, 2013
Billy Lucas
Three years ago today, on September 9, 2010, Billy (William) Lucas, a 15-year-old from Greensburg, Ind., was was found dead in a barn at his grandmother’s home. He had hanged himself.

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ activist dies in traffic accident in N.Y.

| Friday, August 30, 2013
Darren Manzella
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the U.S. Army after criticizing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a 2007 television interview, has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36.

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