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WEST VIRGINA: Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” License To Discriminate Bill Passes House By 72-26 Vote

After hours of fiery and literally fist-shaking testimony in the name of White Jesus, West Virginia’s House of Delegates has voted 72-26 to pass a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBT citizens on the basis “sincerely held religious belief.” It appears that at least eight Democrats crossed party lines to vote with the GOP majority. The bill now moves to the …

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TOGETHER: New Gay-Inclusive Sanders Ad [VIDEO]

From Sanders’ voiceover: “Our job is not to divide, our job is to bring people together. If we do not allow them to divide us up by race, by sexual orientation, by gender, by not allowing them to divide us up by whether or not we were born in America, or whether we’re immigrants, when we stand together, as white …

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LIVE VIDEO: West Virginia House Of Delegates Debates Bill To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The West Virginia House of Delegates has just begun its third and final reading of HB 4012, which would allow Christians to discriminate against LGBT citizens on the grounds of “religious liberty.” A live video stream is here. Watch below with us.

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ITALY: Vote On Civil Unions Bill Postponed

One of Italy’s far right parties has proposed thousands of amendments in an attempt to destroy the civil unions bill. The vote on the bill was yesterday postponed until Tuesday. ANSA reports: A conference of Senate whips on Wednesday postponed voting on the government’s hotly contested civil unions bill to next Tuesday. Earlier, the Senate rejected a motion to not …

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KENTUCKY: Senate Panel Advances Bill To Create Separate Marriage Licenses For Same-Sex Couples

The Kentucky County Clerks Association says it wants to avoid having to ask “which is which” when they fill out the bride and groom portion of marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The Richmond Register reports: A state Senate committee gave approval to a bill that would alter Kentucky marriage licenses to accommodate county clerks who don’t want to sign licenses …

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WEST VIRGINIA: Lesbian Couple Says Gilmer County Deputy Clerk Screamed “Abomination” At Them

West Virginia’s Gilmer County Clerk Jean Butcher [inset above] says she agrees with her deputy clerk, whom a lesbian couple claims railed at them about God and called them an “abomination” when they applied for a marriage license. The Charleston Gazette reports: Samantha Brookover stood crying in the Gilmer County courthouse last week, humiliated on what was meant to be …

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PORTUGAL: Parliament Overrides Gay Adoption Veto

Portugal’s Parliament today voted to override last month’s veto of a gay adoption bill by President Anibal Silva, who must now sign the law into effect. Portugal was the only nation that had legalized same-sex marriage but had not done the same for adoption by married gay couples. The override vote largely came via support from Socialist Party and Communist …

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SiriusXM Axes LGBT Channel

Sad news from Michael Musto: Last June, Sirius OutQ—SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s LGBT channel—bid farewell to the Derek and Romaine show after 12 years of news and banter. Well, that was just the tip of the gay iceberg. I hear that as of this Friday, the channel is deader than the animals worn by Sir Elton John. Tragically, they’re canceling the …

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NEW YORK CITY: Mayor De Blasio To March With Irish LGBT Group In First St. Patrick’s Parade Appearance

Stand by for the usual fit from Bill Donohue. Irish Central reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will, for the first time ever, march in this year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Irish Voice has learned. The mayor, who refused to take part in the parade in prior years due to the exclusion of gay …

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Johns Hopkins Launches Nation’s First HIV-Positive To HIV-Positive Organ Transplant Program

The Washington Post reports: Johns Hopkins announced this week that it had received approval from the nation’s organ-sharing authority to become the first hospital in the United States to conduct transplants involving HIV-positive donors and HIV-positive recipients. “This is an unbelievably exciting day for our hospital and our team, but more importantly for patients living with HIV and end-stage organ …

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: Gay Voter Confronts Rubio, Demands “Why Do You Want To Put Me Back In The Closet?

From the New York Times: A middle-age gay man confronted Senator Marco Rubio here on Monday over his opposition to same-sex marriage, pointedly asking, “Why do you want to put me back in the closet?” “I don’t,” Mr. Rubio replied. “You can live any way you want.” The tense exchange inside the Puritan Backroom diner ended with Mr. Rubio walking …

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BREAKING: Convicted Philadelphia Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott Sentenced To Five-To-Ten Months In JAIL

JUSTICE! Philly.com has the news: A Philadelphia Common Pleas judge on Monday sentenced Kathryn Knott, 25, of Bucks County, to 5-10 months in jail for participating in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014. Knott, of Southampton, wept heavily when Judge Roxanne Covington announced her sentence. Her parents rose to console her. She was convicted by …

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KUWAIT: Family Claims US Lesbian Couple Has Been Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Being Gay

The mother of a former US Army soldier has launched a Change.org petition to President Obama in which she claims that her daughter and her daughter’s partner have been sentenced by a Kuwaiti court to 25 years in prison on “trumped-up” drug charges. The real reason for the sentence handed down last month, the mother says, is that the women …

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Super Bowl 50 Was A Gay Rainbow Festival [VIDEO]

The gay folks who tuned into the Super Bowl to see Beyonce’s halftime performance enjoyed an interesting side perk when Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin got down on his knees to allow a fan to mop his face with a small rainbow flag. Rainbow colors were a major theme at the show as even Martin’s microphone was rainbow-hued. And then …

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INDIA: Thousand March At Mumbai Pride In Renewed Hopes That Gay Sex Will Be Decriminalized [VIDEO]

The Times Of India reports: Mumbai: The amiable Sindhi lady, waiting at Kemps Corner signal, carefully propped up her shopping bags against her leg, and trained her phone’s camera on the profusion of colour that had suddenly poured down the road. “It is for gay rights, no?” she asked a couple of passing reporters. “Yes, I read about it in …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Take Executive Action Against Ex-Gay Torture, Three Agencies Involved

Huge news today in New York state! From the HRC: Under Gov. Cuomo’s leadership, the New York State Department of Financial Services will issue regulations prohibiting insurance providers from covering conversion therapy on patients under the age of 18. The New York State Office of Mental Health will prohibit mental health providers from using conversion therapy on youth under the …

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ATLANTA: County Launches No-Cost PrEP Clinic

Fulton County, Georgia – whose county seat is Atlanta – has launched a no-cost PrEP clinic in collaboration with Gilead, the maker of Truvada. Matt Hennie reports at Project Q Atlanta: Fulton County health officials openly embraced PrEP for HIV prevention on Friday, launching a new clinic for the once-a-day pill to combat the virus among high-risk groups, including gay …

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NEBRASKA: Federal Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against State’s Now Moot Ban On Gay Marriage

The same federal judge who last year struck down Nebraska’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage today issued a permanent injunction against the now moot law. The move was largely a formality but Judge Joseph Bataillon’s order comes after gay parents complained that the state had barred them from listing both their names on the birth certificates of their children.

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RUSSIA: Prosecutors Consider Whether Media Coverage Of Tiger-Goat Friendship Constitutes Gay Propaganda

Not the Onion. Via The Guardian: Russian prosecutors have begun considering whether media coverage of the unexpected friendship between a male tiger and goat at a safari park in the country’s far east counts as gay propaganda. Novosibirsk lawyer Alexei Krestyanov complained to the prosecutor general last month that information about the animals living together could harm children by provoking …

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GREENLAND: Same-Sex Marriage Begins April 1st

The Perchy Bird reports: Following unanimous approval in both the Greenlandic and Danish Parliaments, the same-sex marriage and adoption bill was given the ceremonial Royal Assent on Wednesday. The island’s new Civil Code will become gender-neutral and couples will begin marrying the day the law comes into force on April 1st. Greenland’s Bishop had been looking forward to couples being …

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