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Louisiana Gay Dad Raises Child, But He's Powerless as Partner Skips Town With Boy

For nearly seven years, Dale Liuzza raised his son as the caregiving parent in a gay relationship. The boy was conceived through a surrogate, a donor egg and a mixture of sperm from both his dads.

“We didn’t know or care about the biology,” said Liuzza, 31, and a behavioral therapist who works with autistic children in New Orleans. “I pretty much raised him. As far as I was concerned, I carried him.”

But when the men’s relationship fell apart, his partner determined he was the biological father and took the boy out of state to Texas and eventually to Washington State.

ABC News
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July 17, 2012

Gilbert Gay Couple See Plight Go Viral

Angered by the harassment of a gay Gilbert couple and disappointed by the police response, friends of the men turned to a powerful ally: the Internet.

Bloggers have picked up on the Facebook page “Help Protect a Gay Couple in Arizona.”

Gilbert protest

Soon after, Gilbert Police Chief Tim Dorn found himself and his department under attack worldwide as they were flooded with e-mails sent from Denmark, Germany, Northern Ireland and Australia.

Arizona Republic News
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July 17, 2012

Family Wonders If Woman Was Murdered For Being Gay

A growing memorial still sits at the spot where 20-year-old Marquita Jones was shot and killed Saturday.
There are still plenty of questions about who killed her.
Alexus Thomas says she was Jones’ girlfriend for the last 4 months, “I know I am not .”,” says Thomas.
Witnesses told Thomas the shooter apparently waited for Jones to arrive home.
There had been a suspicious red truck parked near her apartment Saturday morning.
“They just heard “b–” and then a pow. It was not a normal gun shot,” says Thomas.

WREG-TV Memphis
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July 17, 2012

Does GM's Chevy Volt Ad Signal Return To Advertising Toward Gay And Lesbian Buyers?

Gay and lesbian consumers prefer fuel-efficient cars, account for 5% of new car purchases and have average household income in the six figures—more than that of heterosexual households, according to a recent marketing survey.

So it’s little surprise that General Motors ran a gay-themed advertisement last month for the Chevrolet Volt, the type of car studies show gay and lesbian consumers tend to like.

GM didn’t count on the ad drawing national attention.

The Detroit Free Press
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July 17, 2012

The Netherlands Welcomes Gay Iraqis

The Dutch government, recognizing the increasingly dangerous situation LGBT Iraqis face in their home country, announced this week that it would open its doors to gay asylum seekers.

Reports Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Mr Leers had already announced a temporary halt to the deportation of gay Iraqis last month following an alert from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry warned that it was impossible to be openly gay anywhere in Iraq without being at serious risk. The Iraqi authorities also fail to take any measures to stop discrimination or attacks on homosexuals.

Care2.com
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July 17, 2012
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Morocco's First Out Gay Writer Abdellah Taïa Speaks Out

In 2009, Abdellah Taïa wrote to his family two years after he became the first Moroccan writer to come out as gay in an interview with the Moroccan magazine Telquel. As the journal Asymptote notes, “Morocco’s biggest-selling newspaper denounced him, and many of the country’s bloggers decried him, saying he should be stoned.”

Wrote Taïa in ‘Homosexuality Explained to My Mother’:

Towleroad
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July 17, 2012
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Chick-fil-A's flippant response to years of LGBT controversy: 'Guilty as charged'

Chick-fil-A has come under fire over the past few years for its strategy retreats featuring anti-equality speakers, its expressed policies against gay couples (married or otherwise) staying at its WinShape retreat centers, and considerable financing of organizations that work to fight equal civil rights for LGBT Americans (among other causes). Company COO Dan Cathy doesn't seem to care:

Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said [Dan] Cathy when asked about the company's position.

Good As You
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July 16, 2012
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Thomson Reuters Comes Out Against Minnesota Marriage Ban

The legal and business information company Thomson Reuters has come out against an amendment to ban marriage equality in Minnesota.
The company said Friday it doesn’t believe the amendment “would be good for Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state.” It says it would hurt recruiting.
Prominent companies such as General Mills and St. Jude Medical spoke out earlier against the proposed amendment, which goes to voters in November. The state already has a law against marriage equality, but opponents say it’s necessary to put the ban in the state constitution.

Associated Press
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July 16, 2012

How Obama Factors In States Voting On Marriage

President Obama’s decision to publicly support marriage equality may have changed the minds of some Americans, according to a national poll. But in states that will vote on the issue in November, the impact has been mixed.

Marriage equality advocates say they have raised more money and attracted additional campaign volunteers since the president’s historic announcement in May. But opponents downplay Obama’s potential impact, beyond serving to mobilize their conservative base.

National Public Radio
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July 16, 2012

Atlanta: 3 Sentenced In Attack On Gay Man

It was a violent attack caught on videotape and posted online for those across the country to see: Four men shouting anti-gay slurs as they beat another man outside a southwest Atlanta convenience store.

Atlanta , Police Department Dareal Damare Williams is wanted for his alleged part in the Feb. 4 robbery and attack on Brandon White outside an Atlanta store.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Dorian Moragne, 19, is one of three men police have been seeking for allegedly beating Brandon White, an attack captured on video and posted on the Internet

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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July 16, 2012

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