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Marriage equality gets seal of approval from France's first lady

Valerie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, has given plans to legalise gay marriage with her personal seal of approval by announcing she will be a witness at one of the first ceremonies.

Agence France-Presse
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December 4, 2012
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Barney Frank on coming out in Congress

One of the first openly gay congressmen reveals to The Posts’s Ed O’Keefe what it was like to come out to colleagues in our exit interview with Rep. Barney Frank.

The Washington Post
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December 4, 2012
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Barney Frank charted path for other openly gay lawmakers

The story of how Barney Frank became the nation’s first openly gay member of Congress pretty much begins with a double date on New Year’s Eve in Egypt in 1982. Frank traveled with Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), who was then a House colleague and not yet married.

The Washington Post
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December 4, 2012
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Catholic teen's marriage equality stance unsettles Minnesota town

It's a fight straight from the Vatican now landed on the wind-swept prairie of western Minnesota — all because of a Magic Marker, a yard sign and a 16-year-old boy with an iPhone. Lennon Cihak, a high school junior in the Minnesota town of Barnesville — population about 2,500 — was raised Roman Catholic like his parents and grandparents.

The Los Angeles Times
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December 4, 2012
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California judge partly blocks so-called "ex-gay" therapy ban

A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked California from enforcing a landmark law that bars so-called "ex-gay" therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation in minors, but he applied the ruling to just three people.

Reuters
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December 4, 2012
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FPI Shuts Down Transgender Festival in Jakarta

A transgender festival in Jakarta was cancelled on Monday night, after the Islamic Defenders Front turned up to the event and demanded the organizers shut it down.

The Jakarta Globe
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December 4, 2012
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