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PITTSBURGH — Episcopal leaders in Pittsburgh went to court last Thursday seeking to recover $20 million in assets they believe were wrongfully taken when the conservative branches split from the liberal diocese in October.

Speaking out two years after being embroiled in a gay-sex scandal, former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard said last Friday his sexual identity is complex and can’t be put into “stereotypical boxes,” but that his relationship with his wife is stronger than ever.

SAN FRANCISCO — The sponsors of the November ballot measure that outlawed same-sex marriage in California want a judge to seal selected documents and issue a gag order in their lawsuit challenging the state’s campaign-finance reporting rules.

Kalamazoo repeals gay-rights law

The Chicago Tribune reports the Kalamazoo City Commission has voted to rescind its gay-rights law just six weeks after passing it.

Portland’s gay mayor sworn in

The Advocate reports gay mayor Sam Adams was finally sworn in at 12:01 a.

President-elect Barack Obama made several more staff appointments this week, including the selection of an openly gay member of his transition team for a White House staff position.

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