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Small steps forward in Turkey and Russia

The equality movement has made incremental forward progress in Turkey and Russia.

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Marriage equality in Colorado could generate over $53 million for the state

According to a new study from the Williams Institute, Colorado has at least 53.7 million reasons to legalize marriage equality.

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Culture

Gay vicar plans wedding to partner despite Church’s stance on same-sex marriage

A gay vicar from Kilburn is risking his place in the Church of England after vowing to marry his partner of fourteen years.

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Business

Disney cuts funding for Boy Scouts of America due to anti-LGBT policies

Disney has become the latest of many major corporations to cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of its discriminatory policies towards openly-LGBT adults.

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Federal judge to consider overturning same-sex marriage ban in Michigan

On February 25, a federal judge set aside two weeks to consider the overturning of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple argued that it was a violation of their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Gay couple seeking right to jointly adopt in Germany, case dismissed on a technicality

The Constitutional Court of Germany dismissed a case seeking to grant same-sex couples the right to jointly adopt children on a technicality. LGBT rights activists are maintaining that the same court issued a ruling in February 2013 that effectively allowed such rights.

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Oregon’s Attorney General won’t defend state’s ban on marriage equality

Oregon’s Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, said on February 20 that she refuses to defend the state’s ban on marriage equality in court on the grounds that it “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review.”

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Politics

BREAKING: Illinois marriages start now

On February 21, federal judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled in Lee v. Orr, a case filed by Lambda Legal and the ACLU, that because anything other than full marriage equality is unconstitutional, the Cook County Clerk’s office must begin issuing marriage licenses immediately.

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Same-sex marriage bill proposal makes way to Finland’s Parliament, following petition

Same-sex couples in Finland have had access to registered partnerships since 2002, granting all the legal rights of marriage save adoption and surname change. Under Finnish law, a “citizen’s initiative,” such as the one being put forth now, can be started by the people, thereby ensuring Parliament discusses the bills that matter to its citizens. These petitions require 50,000 names within six months; the marriage equality bill racked in nearly 100,000 in just 24 hours.

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Ryan Lewis launches Indiegogo campaign to build health centers for those with HIV/AIDS
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Jodie Foster marries girlfriend Alexandra Hedison
Culture
Uganda pastor who pushed for anti-gay law could be charged under it
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