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FBI to join investigation of swastika burned outside PA home

SARVER, Pa. — A Butler County man said he woke up on Friday to find a symbol of hate in his front yard and now the FBI is offering their assistance with the investigation.

John Namey sent Channel 11 a message on Facebook, saying he found a large swastika burned into the grass of his Sarver home.

"It's a hateful thing. There is no place for that in this world, but unfortunately some people thrive on putting others down," said Namey.

WPXI
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July 8, 2013

First openly lesbian Miss South Carolina contestant: "This is me."

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gowns and crowns will be gracing the Miss South Carolina Pageant next week, but all the pomp and circumstance is taking a back seat to one contestant in particular who is making national headlines.

For the first time in history, the pageant has an openly gay contestant. She's also multi-racial, and many are calling her the new face of the south.

Her name is Analouisa Valencia. 

"Why should she not win," asked Analouisa's mom, Hattie Palasox. "She's got everything."

WISTV
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July 8, 2013

Tilda Swinton holds rainbow flag in Moscow in defense of Russia's gay community

A photograph of Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton defending Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by holding a rainbow flag in front of Moscow's Kremlin is going viral in the blogosphere.

The star, who nabbed an Oscar for "Michael Clayton" in 2007, reportedly released the following statement on the photograph via her spokesperson: "In solidarity. From Russia with love."

Huffington Post
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July 8, 2013

Tim Hardaway 1st to sign petition to put equal marriage amendment on Florida ballot

Former Miami Heat star Tim Hardaway became the first person to sign a petition to get an equal marriage constitutional amendment on Florida’s ballot.

"If you’re married you're married – you should see your significant other in the hospital, make choices for your significant other if you need to make those choices,” Hardaway said Wednesday night as he showed his support for the effort that would legalize gay marriage in Florida.

NBC Miami
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July 8, 2013

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