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BRITAIN: Half Of 18-24 Year-Olds Say They’re Not 100% Heterosexual In New YouGov Survey

According to a survey published today by YouGov, nearly half of Britain’s 18-24 year-olds say they don’t identify as 100% heterosexual. From the survey: Asked to plot themselves on a ‘sexuality scale’, 23% of British people choose something other than 100% heterosexual – and the figure rises to 49% among 18-24 year olds Invented by Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s, ...

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BRITAIN: Rugby Star Keegan Hirst Comes Out [VIDEO]

The Mirror reports: Rugby League player Keegan Hirst is the first British professional in the code to openly say he is gay. Respected prop Keegan, 27, reveals the secret torment of dealing with his sexuality while carving out a career in one of the world’s most macho sports. Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Mirror, the dad of two tells of ...

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SWITZERLAND: Catholic Bishop Issues Formal Apology For Endorsing Death Penalty For Homosexuality

Early this month Swiss Bishop Vitus Huonder gave a speech in which he declared that Catholic doctrine “unambiguously” supports biblical passages which call for executing homosexuals. Several days later a Swiss LGBT rights group filed for criminal hate speech charges against him. Huonder has now issued a formal written apology. The Local reports: In a three-page letter sent to 800 ...

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MARYLAND: Attorney General Brian Frosh Says Adultery Is Grounds For Divorce For Gay Couples Too

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh today issued a opinion which declares that just like for straight couples, adultery constitutes legal grounds for divorce for same-sex couples. The Baltimore Sun reports: The opinion might seem superfluous, but for those couples struggling in an unfaithful marriage, the opinion is important when it comes to filing for divorce. A spouse, including one from ...

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Freep This Colorado Poll

Yesterday the Colorado Appeals Court upheld a state commission’s ruling that the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop had violated public accommodations laws. Today the Denver Post wants to know if that was the right decision. (Tipped by JMG reader Joseph)

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ALASKA: Anchorage Assembly Member To Introduce LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance With Religious Loopholes

The ugly battle for local LGBT protections in Alaska’s largest city has been going on for years. Today we get news of another attempt, this time with apparently broad carve-outs for religious beliefs. Via Alaska Dispatch News: Anchorage Assembly member Bill Evans has introduced a local ordinance to expand protections under they city’s equal rights laws to include sexual orientation ...

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Madonna: I’m Done With Anti-Gay Russia

Madonna has declared that she will no longer tour in Russia due to its anti-gay laws. Via the Moscow Times: Madonna has told celebrity news magazine Entertainment Weekly that she will most likely never return to Moscow or St. Petersburg because of Russia’s stand on gay rights, Cosmopolitan reported. Madonna last appeared in Russia in 2012 and lived up to ...

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Hilarious Troll Battles Haters On Target’s Facebook Page

Using the Target logo and a fake name, a hilarious troll took to Target’s Facebook page to battle the haters who are ever so pissed about the company’s coming gender-neutral toy aisles. AdWeek has the details: Brands can’t be as honest as they might like in dealing with haters on Facebook. But sometimes other Facebook users can do it for ...

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FLORIDA: State’s First Same-Sex Couple To Marry Denied Birth Certificate Rights For Newborn Twins

The National Center for Lesbian Rights has already filed a lawsuit. Via press release: Just days ago, Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello—the first same-sex couple to be married in Florida—celebrated the birth of their twin son and daughter. But the couple’s joy was soon mixed with fear and frustration when the hospital denied Cathy the right to add her name ...

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Mat Staver Has The Kentucky Sadz

“Kim Davis did not sign up as a clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Her job duty was changed by five lawyers without any constitutional authority. At a minimum, her religious convictions should be accommodated. Judge Bunning’s decision equated Kim’s free exercise of religion to going to church. This is absurd! Christianity is not a robe you take off when ...

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COLORADO: Appeals Court Upholds Ruling That Anti-Gay Bakery Violated Public Accommodation Laws

Yet another big win for the good guys! Via the Denver Channel: The Colorado Court of Appeals says a Lakewood bakery owner cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples. The appeals court reaffirmed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission order from May that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips cannot refuse to prepare wedding cakes for gay couples. Phillips’ attorneys ...

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ISRAEL: Knesset Member Proposes Sweeping LGBT Rights Bills In Name Of Murdered Teen Shira Banki

A member of Israel’s Knesset has proposed several sweeping LGBT rights bills that would legalize civil unions and ban “ex-gay’ torture in the name of murdered teen Shira Banki.  The Jerusalem Post reports: MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) proposed a legislative package of gay rights bills in memory of the 16-year-old who was stabbed at the Jerusalem LGBT parade, a ...

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COSTA RICA: Federal Government Submits Bill To Legalize Same-Sex Common Law Marriages

The Tico Times reports: Casa Presidencial presented a bill Wednesday to legalize same-sex common-law marriages in Costa Rica. Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights celebrated the announcement, even though the government stumbled in its execution of the controversial measure. Bill 18.483 would reform several articles of the family code to formally recognize “stable” relationships of more than three ...

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James Corden Comes To Defense Of Kentucky Basketball Player Left Out Of High School Yearbook [VIDEO]

“He’s a gay basketball player. Or as I like to call him, ‘a basketball player.’ Because there’s no such thing as gay basketball.”

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Australians To Rally Against PM Tony Abbott

Furious with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s threat to fire party leaders who vote for same-sex marriage, this Saturday activists will rally in Melbourne. Via press release: This Saturday over 20,000 people will head into the Melbourne CBD to show their anger at Abbott’s manoeuvring to maintain homophobic discrimination in Australian law. Five reasons to join us and rally: 1. Eleven ...

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FLORIDA: Conservative GOP State Rep. Holly Raschein Files LGBT Workplace Protections Act

With the passage of the Equality Act at least one Congress away, the necessary work continues at the state level. The Miami Herald reports: State Rep. Holly Raschein this week filed a bill for the 2016 legislative session that would ban workplace discrimination in Florida on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. “At my core, I feel this ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Suspect Charged With Hate Crime In Attack On Married West Point Grads

NBC News reports: Police say a Queens man has been arrested in connection with a bias attack on a gay couple at a Manhattan bodega. Thomas Clabough was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and attempted assault as a hate crime in the attack in the store in SoHo on Aug. 2. The victims were Daniel Lennox-Choate and his husband, ...

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KENTUCKY: Recently Out High School Basketball Player Left Out Of Yearbook Tribute To His Team

Outsports reports that a Kentucky high school did not include a recently-out basketball player in its yearbook tribute to their team. Richard Maldonado was the team’s starting point guard. Cyd Zeigler writes: “This is the latest slap in the face of Maldonado and the entire LGBT community by a high school administration that simply won’t accept that one of its ...

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ARKANSAS: Activists Booted From Anti-Gay Rights Rally Led By Martyred Oregon Bakers [VIDEO]

Thanks in large part to the work of the Duggar family, last December voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas repealed that town’s LGBT rights ordinance. Activists have placed another LGBT right bill on the ballot and last night four of them were booted out a “Protect Fayetteville” rally held at a Baptist church where martyred Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein spoke ...

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GEORGIA: Catholic School Settles Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suit Filed By Fired Gay Band Director

The Catholic school in Macon, Georgia which fired its gay band director for announcing his plan to marry has settled his sexual orientation discrimination suit for an undisclosed amount. Valdosta Today reports: Flint Dollar, who now lives in New York, alleged he was fired in May of 2014 over plans to marry his same-sex partner, claiming discrimination. Dollar sought back ...

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