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High Colombian official urges courts to OK same-sex marriage

Monday, June 29, 2015
A reveler holds a gay pride flag during the gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Thousands paraded through the streets of Bogota and called for a law granting social security and matrimonial rights for gay couples.
A top Cabinet minister on Sunday urged Colombia's courts to legalize same-sex marriage and support the right of such couples to adopt. ...

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Bishop offends Catholics, gays in speech intended to denounce anti-gay discrimination

Friday, May 15, 2015
Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba
The Jesuit priest used a pejorative Spanish term for a gay man, and wondered aloud whether one of Jesus' 12 apostles could have been homosexual and Mary Magdalene a lesbian. ...

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Chilean president signs same‑sex civil union law

Monday, April 13, 2015
Michelle Bachelet
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America's most socially conservative nations. ...

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Brazil’s largest city to pay transgender youth to finish school

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Sao Paulo, Brazil
The program being offered by Sao Paulo's Municipal Human Rights and Citizenship Secretariat is intended to help transgender youth from having to turn to prostitution to support themselves. ...

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Chile approves bill authorizing civil unions between same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Chile
Chile's Congress on Wednesday approved the country's first law authorizing civil unions between same-sex couples. ...

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Chile: Lawmakers expected to introduce marriage equality bill

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Chile
Lawmakers in Chile are expected to introduce a bill Wednesday aimed at extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. ...

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Rio de Janeiro celebrates gay pride, calls for end to homophobia

Sunday, November 16, 2014
A man participates in the 19th Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov.16, 2014. Thousands took part in Rio de Janeiro's 19th Gay Pride parade, to fight for a more just and inclusive society, which recognizes equal rights for all the gay community.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gay rights activists are using Rio de Janeiro's annual gay pride parade to demand laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Thousands of people paraded down Copacabana's main coastal boulevard with rainbow flags and thematic floats, ...

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Brazil presidential candidate: Gays should seek psychological help far away

Monday, September 29, 2014
Levy Fidelix
SAO PAULO -- A minor character in Brazil's presidential race is on the spot after saying the country needs to stand up against gay people who should seek psychological help far away from the population. Candidate Levy Fidelix has the ...

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Colombia allows lesbian partner to adopt child born via artificial insemination

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Veronica Botero and Ana Elisa Leiderman with their children Raquel and Ari.
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its mothers. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two ...

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Sailor is first member of Chile’s armed forces to come out as gay

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Mauricio Ruiz, 24, sailor of the Chilean Navy, right, comes out publicly as gay during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014. Ruiz who was accompanied by Rolando Jimenez, left, president of the Homosexual Liberation and Integration Movement, is the first member of the Chilean armed forces ever to come out publicly as gay with the approval of the High Command of the Chilean navy.
SANTIAGO, Chile -- A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation. Chile has traditionally been a tough place for homosexuals, although the country decriminalized gay sex ...

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