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2 Queens Named in Beauty Pageant, But One Refuses to Share the Tiara

Jul 4
One winner of a teenage Miss 4th of July pageant is upset. The other agreed to share the title but isn't talking. And the pageant organizer is defending herself from accusations she rigged the results.

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Bobby Jindal Sued Over Anti-Gay Executive Order

NATIONAL | By John Riley | Jul 5
The ACLU Foundation of Louisiana, the Forum for Equality Foundation and six individual plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit challenging an executive order issued by the Louisiana governor that would allow people to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Marriage Triumph Adds Spark to SF Pride

NATIONAL | By Cynthia Laird | Jul 5
he crowd was larger than any in recent memory and the mood was exuberant as people celebrated the 45th annual San Francisco Pride parade last weekend.

GoFundMe Campaign Set Up to Assist Ailing Transgender Pioneer Holly Woodlawn

NATIONAL | By EDGE | Jul 4
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise funds to pay for 24-hour home nursing care for iconic transgender Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn

Bakery Ordered to Pay $135K for Discriminating Against Same-Sex Couple

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Jul 4
Owners of a Portland-area bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple must pay $135,000 in damages, the Bureau of Labor and Industries has ruled.

Montana's Unenforceable Same-Sex Marriage Ban to Remain in State's Constitution

NATIONAL | By Matt Volz | Jul 4
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans nationwide last week, it torpedoed a provision of the Montana Constitution that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

America Welcomes Fourth with Hot Dogs, Cool Music, Cold Beer

NATIONAL | Jul 4
As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country:

Dept. of Justice Backs Trans Student's Fight

NATIONAL | By John Riley | Jul 4
The Department of Justice has filed a statement of interest in federal court that appears to bolster a Virginia transgender high school student's fight to use the bathroom that comports with his gender identity.

Mixed Reaction to Scrapping of Anti-Gay Law in Mozambique

Mozambicans on Friday reacted cautiously to the government's decision to do away with a colonial-era anti-gay law.

Official Sued in Landmark Marriage Case Reads at Gay Wedding

NATIONAL | Jul 4
Ohio's health director, whose refusal to list a gay man as the surviving spouse on a death certificate led to last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has delivered a Bible reading at a gay wedding.

Clinton Says She Takes a 'Backseat to No One' Among Liberals

POLITICS | By Ken Thomas | Jul 4
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she takes a "backseat to no one" on championing liberal causes, presenting herself as a standard-bearer for Democrats as primary challenger Bernie Sanders generates large, energetic crowds.

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