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Writer sees growing gay acceptance among Mormons

Jerry Argetsinger never felt a twinge of tension between being gay and being Mormon. Last week, he unveiled “Latter-Gay Saints: An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction,” which he edited with Jeff Laver of Salt Lake City and Johnny Townsend of Seattle.

The book features 25 short stories and four plays, each work exploring how it felt to be gay in families, or at church, or on missions.

Religion News Service
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August 6, 2013

Op-ed: Striking Olympic gold

Imagine this: it’s the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. A huge television event, watched the world over. The American Olympians join the proud march of nations. They’re our emissaries, our exemplars. And as the television cameras zoom in on Team U.S.A., one of its members quietly pulls out a rainbow flag, no bigger than a handkerchief, and holds it up. Not ostentatiously high, but just high enough that it can’t be mistaken. Another American follows suit. Then another, and another.

The New York Times
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August 6, 2013

United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association dumps Russian vodka in response to anti-LGBT laws in Russia

The United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association (URTO) along with their President, Paul Hurley, held a press conference at Desmonds Steak House with LGBT activists as they dumped Russian made vodka into the streets of Manhattan. This public display of protest occurred in response to the anti-LGBT action occurring in Russia.

County clerk withdraws Prop. 8 petition

Ernest Dronenburg, the county clerk, had filed a petition with the California Supreme Court seeking to ban county clerks statewide from issuing licenses for same-sex marriages. Other writ still before justices raises same questions.

UT San Diego
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August 5, 2013

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