Second appeals court strike down same-sex marriage ban

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said Virginia’s laws “impermissibly infringe on its citizens’ fundamental right to marry.”

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Teacher fired for being gay gets an apology four decades later

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An “excellent” social studies teacher who had dedicated 12 years to his students had his career cut short after he was fired in 1972 because his sexual orientation was deemed “immoral.”

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Oppression of gays is ‘new Apartheid’

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"I’d much rather go to hell than go to a homophobic heaven," Archbishop Desmond Tutu tells NBC’s Ann Curry.

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Federal appeals court strikes down Utah’s gay marriage ban

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For the first time, a federal appeals court has struck down a state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Obama to sign order banning federal discrimination against gays

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In a victory for gay rights activists, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official confirms to NBC News.

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BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage

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BREAKING: Judge strikes down ban on gay marriage in Oregon

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Sam the Ram: First openly gay player drafted into NFL

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Michael Sam is the first openly gay player in the NFL, and he’s a St. Louis Ram.

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Dalai Lama comes out in support of gay marriage

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The Dalai Lama has come out in support of gay marriage, saying it was “OK” and a personal affair for people of the same sex to commit to each other.

“If two people… really feel that way … and both sides fully agree, then okay,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said on Ora.tv’s Larry King Now show.

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Arizona senator reveals his homosexuality

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Sen. Steve Gallardo of Arizona, who openly opposed a controversial anti-gay bill passed in the Legislature, announced his homosexuality on Wednesday.

“I’m a Latino, I’m a native of Arizona, I come from a Catholic family and I’m gay, it’s OK,” Gallardo told NBC News shortly after he made the announcement at the state Capitol in Phoenix.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a hot-button measure that would have permitted businesses in the state to deny service to gay and lesbians for religious beliefs.

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Federal judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban

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A federal judge on Wednesday declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional but left the ban in place while an appeals court considers the matter.

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Most Americans now support gay marriage, according to survey

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Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in a decade with just over half of Americans now behind the idea, according to a survey released Wednesday.

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'Juno' star Ellen Page reveals she is a lesbian

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Hollywood actress and “Juno” star Ellen Page came out as a lesbian on Friday night during an emotional speech at a conference for gay teens.

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Ban on same-sex marriage struck down in Virginia

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A federal judge declared Thursday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the second state in the South to have restrictions on gay marriages overturned this week.

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