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Puerto Rico federal court dismisses gay marriage lawsuit

United States District Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez has dismissed a challenge to Puerto Rico’s law limiting marriage to one man and one woman. He concluded the outcome was controlled by the Supreme Court’s summary rejection of same-sex marriage claims in Baker v. Nelson in 1972, a view that has been rejected by every other federal court since United States v. Windsor on the grounds that doctrinal changes have eroded Baker. The decision heightens anticipation of what other judges now considering same-sex marriage cases may do.

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Russia: Activist who nailed his testicles to street cuts off an ear lobe in protest

A Russian performance artist and activist who previously nailed his testicles to the cobbles in Moscow’s Red Square, has now cut off his ear lobe atop the roof of a psychiatric institution.

Pyotr Pavlensky, a performance artist, previously nailed his scrotum to the cobbles in Moscow’s Red Square in protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

No consensus at Vatican as synod ends

A closely watched Vatican assembly on the family ended on Saturday without consensus among the bishops in attendance on what to say about gays, and whether to give communion to divorced and remarried Catholics.

The bishops’ final report watered down the warm and welcoming language about gays and divorced couples that appeared in a preliminary report released on Monday, midway through the two-week assembly. Conservative bishops had expressed alarm that the Roman Catholic Church was sending a mixed message on marriage and homosexuality.

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: Let transgender troops serve openly

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports the elimination of rules that ban transgender people from openly serving in the military, her office told the Washington Blade.

“Leader Pelosi believes there is no place for discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces, including on the basis of gender identity,” spokesperson Drew Hammill told the Blade.

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Brazilian serial killer suspect "confesses to 39 murders," including gays

A security guard in Brazil has confessed to killing at least 39 people “out of anger” since early 2013, police say.

Brazilian police said Thiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha, 26, targeted women, homeless people and homosexuals in the country’s central state of Goias.

Lambda Legal asks court for swift ruling to end discriminatory marriage ban in Puerto Rico

Today in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Lambda Legal filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to end the discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five gay and lesbian couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families.

Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, said:

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Australia: Expunging historic gay-sex convictions

Victorian Parliament has become the first Australian jurisdiction to formally acknowledge that sex between consenting men should never have been a crime.

On Oct. 14, Victorian Parliament passed the Sentencing Amendment bill that will allow gay men that had been convicted of homosexual sex crimes between consenting adults to have their records expunged.

This Just In: The live LGBT news blog for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

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Lesbian host Jane Velez-Mitchell loses show amid massive layoffs at CNN and HLN

Jane Velez-Mitchell may not be as famous as Anderson Cooper, but she was getting about as much airtime each night as the host of her own show on CNN’s sister network, HLN.

That was until today when amid massive layoffs at CNN and HLN by Turner Broadcasting, Velez-Mitchell was the first prominent on-air talent to lose her job.

Slaying shines harsh light on violence against transgender Filipinos

The slaying of a transgender Filipino woman has focused a harsh spotlight on a rash of transgender murders in the Philippines.

Since 2008, at least 20 transgender or gender-variant people have been killed in the Philippines, according to The Trans Murder Monitoring project. During that time period, more than 1,500 transgender people have been murdered around the world.

Kenya urged to allow rights groups to register

Human rights groups, including LGBT rights groups, should be able to register and carry out their work in Kenya, Human Rights Watch says.

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s (NGLHRC) application to register was denied in 2013 because the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board deemed the group’s name “unacceptable.”

In a new Human Rights Watch video, Kenyan lawyers describe how these restrictions keep them from serving some of Kenya’s most vulnerable populations.

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