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posted Friday, January 3 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 01


Arsonist attacks Neighbours nightclub
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

There are two things that you don't want anywhere near a nightclub. Fire and fuel. They equal death. We've all read the headlines or watched the video footage of charred bodies coming out of a smoldering club somewhere around the world.

In January of last year, a blaze raced through a crowded nightclub in sout
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CNN's Amanpour exclusive: Billie Jean King to Gay Russians: 'You are not alone.'
Courtesy CNN's Christiane Amanpour - Special to the SGN

In an exclusive interview, tennis legend Billie Jean King told CNN's Christiane Amanpour she is 'thrilled' to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. 'I'm very proud to go as an athlete, and as a Gay woman,' she said. 'I'm thrilled.'

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Sotomayor sets January 3 deadline for briefs on Utah marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has set Friday, January 3, as the deadline for Utah same-sex couples to respond to a request by the state's Governor to halt Gay and Lesbian marriages there.

On December 31, lawyers representing Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Attorney
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Idaho same-sex marriage rules unlikely to survive
by David Adler - Idaho Statesman

The bricks in the walls surrounding Idaho's constitutional provisions and laws barring same-sex marriage were significantly loosened last week by two federal court rulings, including a pivotal decision in conservative Utah that struck down state bans on marriage equality.

The
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Utah to hire outside lawyer for marriage case - Federal court sets deadline to file appeal
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Utah's newly appointed Attorney General got the go-ahead from legislative leaders to hire an outside attorney for the state's appeal of the federal court decision striking down its ban on same-sex marriage. Meanwhile the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state to file its opening
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Same-sex couples sue Kansas for tax discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two married same-sex couples, one Gay and one Lesbian, filed suit on December 30, charging that the state of Kansas was discriminating against them because it forbids them to file joint state tax returns as opposite-sex spouses do.

Michael Nelson and Charles Dedmon and Roberta
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One-third of Americans reject evolution, Pew poll shows
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Next time you're having a drink at your favorite bar, look at the person sitting to your right. Then turn and look at the person to your left. Odds are, one of you will not believe that living species evolved from other life forms.

That's the conclusion of a new poll released
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Houston Mayor acts to protect spousal benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman have moved a lawsuit blocking spousal benefits for same-sex couples from a hostile Texas state court to federal court.

The suit was filed in November by the Harris County Republican Party, to block Parker's plans to
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New technologies allow users to call, click or text crime reports
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Technology has changed life as we know it. It has affected the way we pay bills, listen to music, communicate with our loved ones and much more. There are pros and cons to living in a connected world, but one thing is certain: There is no stopping technology, and that is a wonderful thi
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Pope 'shocked' by Gay adoptions
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Is the Pope Catholic? Well, yes, unfortunately he is.

For all his seemingly open-minded comments about LGBT people, Pope Francis is reportedly 'shocked' by the idea that Gay and Lesbian couples might adopt children.

According to Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta
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Queen honors Gay men
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Several prominent LGBT Brits were named in Queen Elizabeth's annual New Year's Honors List.

The list names individuals to orders of chivalry, including, but not necessarily, knighthoods, and is intended to recognize special achievements and service to the country or the Royal
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Don't sign anti-Gay law, U.N. warns Ugandan president
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has warned the President of Uganda not to sign the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.

The bill was passed by Uganda's parliament in December, but without the most controversial provision - the death penalty for 'repe
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Jealousy or insecurity?
by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear Kiki with D,

I've been dating a great guy since early spring. We want the same things in life and have had some amazing times together. He's an extrovert and I'm an introvert, and he surrounds himself with friends, whereas I have a handful of very close friends. One t
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Jesse's Journal: Coming out forty years ago
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

I came out forty years ago; in late December of 1973, to be precise. After years of therapy, judo classes at the YMCA, and furtive sex in college bathrooms, I decided, at the age of 20, that it was time to take the next step. I told my parents, visited my first Gay bar, and made my
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