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Russia defends anti-gay law in letter to the International Olympic Committee

"We have today received strong written reassurances from the Russian government that everyone will be welcome at the games in Sochi regardless of their sexual orientation," President Jacques Rogge said in a statement.

'Prison Break' star Wentworth Miller comes out, condemns Russia's anti-gay laws

"The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."

Olympic Committee asks Russia for assurances anti-gay laws won’t harm athletes

"We are not clear about the English translation of the Russian law, and we want clarification of this translation to be able to understand what has been communicated to us," IOC chief Jaques Rogge told BBC News.

Gay in Belize? You're breaking the law. Still.

BELIZE CITY — This tiny Central American nation is one of numerous member states of the Commonwealth — former British colonies from Tonga to East Africa — where colonial-era laws criminalizing sodomy and “gross indecency” remain in effect.

Gay Pride parades celebrate recent victories (PHOTOS)

This year’s grand marshal for the New York parade is Edith Windsor, the 84-year-old widow who challenged DOMA after she was forced to pay $363,053 on her late wife’s estate.

California gay marriages resume after state dissolves ban

“Gay and lesbian couples have waited so long for this day and for their fundamental right to marry,” California Attorney General Kamala Harris said.

Coy Mathis, transgender first-grader, can use girls’ bathroom, civil rights panel says

"This ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school,” Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, said.

Tel Aviv gay youth center shooting: Four suspects held; police say not a hate crime

Israeli police arrested four suspects this week in connection with a shooting at a Tel Aviv gay youth center in 2009.

Russia to ban adoptions by foreign same-sex couples

While homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, recent polls have shown that 85 percent of Russians oppose gay marriage and 38 percent of Russians think gay people need medical treatment.
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