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  1. AP Poll: Russia anti-gay views on rise; teachers face brunt

    Associated Press via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsApr 02 6:45 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Alevtina is one of several teachers who lost their jobs in St. Petersburg after being outed by an anti-gay activist. While most resigned quietly, the 27-year-old music teacher decided to fight her dismissal in court — an unusual step in Russia where gays have faced increasing pressure in recent years.

  2. Prominent gay rights advocate to argue landmark U.S. marriage case

    Reuters via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsMar 31 16:02 PM

    By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers advocating for a right to gay marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday they had chosen Mary Bonauto, a longtime champion of gay legal rights, to argue the landmark case on April 28. The choice of Bonauto, a litigator with the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and an architect of legal strategy for gay unions since the...

  3. Judge says case is not straightforward, reserving judgment in third day of trial at Northern Ireland high court The Evangelical Christian owners of a bakery that refused to make a gay-themed cake discriminated against a client on grounds of his sexual orientation, Northern Ireland’s high court has heard. A lawyer for an LGBT activist suing the bakery, Ashers, said that “but for the word gay this...

  4. Republican-controlled legislatures have introduced more than 85 anti- gay bills LGBT and civil rights groups launching concerted effort to block the bills and litigation will be considered where new laws have been enacted Related: Indiana Republicans to amend 'religious freedom' law in face of backlash LGBT and civil rights groups are mobilising for a nationwide battle to safeguard the gains of...

  5. What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

    Associated Press via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsApr 02 6:32 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. But another recent poll suggests Americans' sympathy for religious objectors may be limited to just that — wedding-related businesses.

  6. In backlash to Indiana law, an astonishing reversal in American politics

    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsApr 01 21:28 PM

    Just a decade ago, opposition to same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian rights were a political winner for Republican candidates in many states.

  7. Tokyo ward certifies 'gay marriage'

    BBC NewsMar 31 16:43 PM

    The Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first place in Japan to recognise same-sex partnerships.

  8. U.S. gay rights advocates near decision on top lawyers for landmark case

    Reuters via Yahoo UK & Ireland NewsMar 30 23:58 PM

    By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Less than a month before the U.S. Supreme Court hears their historic case, lawyers for gay couples from four states with bans on same-sex marriage are close to finally resolving which of them will argue before the justices. Intense negotiations peaked in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Sunday when contenders involved met for the legal equivalent of a bakeoff, and...

  9. Bakery refused to bake cake featuring Bert and Ernie with the message ‘Support Gay Marriage’

  10. Ashers bakery refused to bake cake featuring with message ‘Support Gay Marriage’

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