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French lesbian couple banned from adoption

A lesbian couple in France has been barred from adopting a child despite one of them being his birth mother.

Paramedic arrested for killing gay men in Pakistan

A 28-year-old paramedic, who wanted to eliminate the “evil” of homosexuality from the Pakistani society, has been arrested there for allegedly killing five gay men he befriended on a social-networking site.

Whippings held in Nigeria

Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment March 6 in an Islamic court in Northern Nigeria, a human-rights activist said.

Senegal sentences gay men to prison

A judge in Senegal sentenced two men to six months in jail in a rare conviction of a gay couple on criminal charges.

Gay Russian protester detained at Olympic relay

A gay Russian protester was detained Jan.

Germany gets first out lesbian cabinet minister

In low-key fashion, Germany’s new Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks came out recently in a newspaper interview, making her the country’s first openly lesbian cabinet member.

Pope ‘shocked’ by gay-adoption bill

Pope Francis was reportedly “shocked” by proposed legislation to allow gay couples to adopt children in Malta.

Gay-rights office in Haiti attacked

Amnesty International says the office of a gay-rights group in Haiti has been ransacked and two of its members beaten.

Pope surveys Catholics on ‘modern’ issues

Pope Francis has urged members of the Catholic Church to fill out surveys on the Vatican’s teaching of “modern” topics, including same-sex sexual relationships, in order to gauge whether what the church preaches is still practical in today’s society.

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