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Cameroon must investigate gay rights activist killing: groups

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Campaign groups urged Cameroon to carry out a thorough investigation into the brutal killing of a gay rights activist, the latest attack on people fighting to legalize homosexuality in the central African country. Friends found journalist Eric Ohena Lembembe dead in his home in the capital Yaounde on Monday. His neck was broken, his feet smashed and his face burned with a clothes iron, Human Rights Watch said.

Dozens arrested as pro- and anti-gay rivals clash in Russia

Russian police arrested dozens of people on Saturday after clashes erupted in the city of Saint Petersburg between pro- and anti-gay demonstrators. The violence flared just days after parliament approved controversial legislation banning the distribution of so-called "gay propaganda" to minors, which critics warn will be used to justify homophobic actions and arbitrary prosecution of gays.

Across U.S., Supreme Court gay rights ruling celebrated

By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) - With cheers, tears and kisses, gays and lesbians across the United States celebrated Wednesday's historic Supreme Court decision in support of same-sex marriage, which provided cause for joy after years of protest. Crowds turned out in gay capitals such as West Hollywood in California, San Francisco, South Miami Beach in Florida and the New York gay bar called the Stonewall Inn, seen as the birthplace of the gay rights movement.

Nigerian lawmakers vote to outlaw gay marriage

Nigerian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill to outlaw gay marriage and crack down on gay rights, including criminalising public displays of affection between same-sex couples. The House of Representatives unanimously approved the bill which provides for jail terms of up to 14 years for gay marriage. A bill on gays has already been approved by the Senate but it was not immediately clear if the laws were identical. If there are no differences between the two, the bill will now go to the president for his approval.

Russian pro-, anti-gay activists arrested after defying ban

By Jason Bush MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained around 30 pro- and anti-gay activists in central Moscow on Saturday, imposing the city's ban on gay rights demonstrations. The arrests, underlining Russia's tough response to public demonstrations by gay groups, coincided with the first ever gay rally in neighboring Ukraine, which was allowed by the authorities and protected by the police.

Boy Scouts of America votes to end century-old ban on gay scouts

By Marice Richter GRAPEVINE, Texas (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America voted on Thursday to lift a century-old ban on openly gay scouts in a major victory for gay rights activists, but the decision means a sea of change for an organization that depends heavily on faith-based groups. More than 60 percent of the group's National Council, comprised of some 1,400 delegates, voted in favor of ending the ban, effective January 1, 2014, the group said in a statement. A prohibition on openly gay adult leaders remains in place.

Georgia gay rally blocked by church supporters

Thousands of Georgian ultra-conservative Orthodox supporters led by priests on Friday broke through heavy police cordons to prevent a gay rights rally from taking place in the deeply religious ex-Soviet state. Scores of gay rights activists were evacuated by police on buses as crowds of chanting anti-gay protestors from Georgia's influential Orthodox church charged after them hurling stones at the vehicles and beating on the windows.

Georgian Orthodox Church calls for gay rally ban

The head of Georgia's influential Orthodox Church called Thursday on the authorities to ban a gay rights rally set to be held in the deeply religious country. The call came a day before gay rights activists were to stage a brief demonstration in central Tbilisi to mark the International Day against Homophobia. "Any religious and scientific teaching -- except for modern pseudo-science -- considers homosexuality to be an anomaly and illness," Patriarch Ilia II wrote in an open letter to Tbilisi's mayor.

Moscow slaps new ban on gay rights rally

Moscow city authorities on Wednesday again turned down demands for a gay rights rally in the Russian capital later this month, warning organisers that police would clamp down on any unauthorised demonstration. One of the organisers, Nikolai Alexeyev, said early Wednesday that he would fight a ban in court. "We have prepared answers to all requests submitted by organisers and we will not accept them," Interfax news agency quoted city hall official Alexei Mayorov as saying.

French parliament adopts landmark gay marriage law

The French parliament on Tuesday defied months of angry protests by approving a bill that is to make France the 14th country worldwide to legalise same-sex marriages. But opponents to the law vowed to fight on, quickly filing a constitutional challenge and promising more demonstrations to pressure President Francois Hollande into backing down from signing the bill. In its second and final reading, the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, voted 331 to 225 to adopt the bill allowing homosexual marriages and adoptions by gay couples.
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