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Russian parliament to consider federal anti-gay law

Russia's parliament is to consider a nationwide ban on so-called "gay propaganda." Nine regions including St Petersburg have already passed legislation prohibiting the promotion of so-called "gay propaganda" among minors.

The Guardian
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November 30, 2012
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Gay advocate takes T&T to court over immigration law

Aids-Free World, an advocacy NGO, is challenging Trinidad and Tobago’s immigration law. Section 8 of this country’s Immigration Act bars entry to lesbian and gay people, who are, according to that law, a "prohibited class." Maurice Tomlinson, its legal adviser for marginalised groups, is carrying the challenge forward. He is a Jamaican lawyer who is gay. Tomlinson received an invitation from the UNFPA to participate in an HIV workshop to be held in T&T on December 3 and 4. However, section 8 of this country’s Immigration Act bars entry to lesbian and gay people, who are, according to that law, a "prohibited class."

Stabroek News
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November 30, 2012
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Gay couple file challenge to Singapore law that criminalizes gay sex

A gay couple filed a constitutional challenge in a Singapore court on Friday aimed at repealing a long-standing law that criminalizes gay sex. The couple, Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee, filed their challenge with Singapore’s High Court. Chee said they did so not because of any immediate fears, but because “I know that section 377A labels me a criminal.”

Associated Press
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November 30, 2012
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Gay marriage before Supreme Court? Cases weighed

The road to marriage equality is shifting from the ballot box to the Supreme Court. Three weeks after voters backed marriage equality in three states and defeated a ban in a fourth, the justices are meeting Friday to decide whether they should address marriage equality at the federal level.

Associated Press
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November 30, 2012
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