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Entire Tennessee county clerk team in Decatur resigns rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses

County Clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mikey Butler of Decatur, Tenn. will leave their positions at the County Clerk’s office due to opposition of the Supreme Court’s judgement on gay marriage.

Although County Mayor Mike Creasy told The Jackson Sun that Pope did not personally say that she quit because of the ruling, her resignation came immediately after it.

Duct-taped Pit Bull poses with shirtless firefighters for calendar

The pit bull who had her mouth duct taped closed, in one of the most publicized and brutal viral animal abuse news stories this year, is back!

Caitlyn the pit bull is making a full recovery and the hunky firefighters of the greater Charleston area are posing shirtless in her honor.

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Toby’s Fund Charleston Animal Society Firefighter calendar 2016, is helping Caitlyn and other abused and neglected pets get the help they need from the proceeds.

July 4th is not a celebration for pets, here are some tips to keep them safe

July 4th is only a day away, but your pets don’t know that. Alarmingly, animal officials across the country report a 30% increase in lost pets over the 4th of July weekend. Additionally, they claim July 5th is one of the busiest days for animal shelters.

State silences bakers who refused to make cake for lesbian couple, fines them $135K

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

Mormons give money in support of the Utah Pride Center

The Mormons have made a donation to the Utah Pride Center. This is the first time the religious group has recognized the LGBT community with monetary assistance.

Fox 13 in Salt Lake City reports that the amount of the offering was $2,500 which went to support the Center.

The organization helps the LGBT community by providing assistance with health and wellness, youth and trans programs.

Fight for marriage equality not over on Navajo Nation

Alray Nelson grew up with his four sisters in a house with no running water or electricity in Beshbetoh, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Nelson, who was raised by his grandmother and single mother, chuckled as he reminisced about the strong Navajo women who raised him.

"My mom always says that she's my father and my mom because, as her only son, she had to instill in me the values of a man," he said. "And so growing up I was always encouraged to be sensitive and to be compassionate, and I think that's key to what it means to be Navajo and LGBTQ on the Navajo Nation."

Zea, the Ohio girl who stood up to a homophobic preacher, is everyone's new hero

Sometimes, the loudest voice is the one that doesn't say a word -- just ask this little girl.

Zea, a 7-year-old first grader, stood firm in the face of hate over the weekend at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. When a preacher began ranting at her through a microphone, little Zea quietly waved her rainbow flag and never backed down.

Tennessee shop owner draws inspiration from LGBT activism and puts homophobic sign in store window

An East Tennessee store owner seems to be reliving the discriminatory habits of America’s past. The proprietor has placed a sign in his business window which reads “No Gays Allowed.”

WBIR reports that Jeff Amyx, owner of Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies, said he is simply standing up for his rights as a Christian, and other Christians should not be afraid to follow his example.

Crowdfunding helps reclaim more than $100k from a Girls Scouts transphobic donor

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News relayed a story today on a large donation given to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington (GSWW).

Megan Ferland, the CEO of the Western Washington division, returned the gift because the donor asked that the money not be used to help trans girls in the Scouts.

The $100,000 amount was hard to relinquish given the organizations reliance on philanthropy.

Mom and dad are better at handling their kids' coming out than ever before

Coming out to your parents is getting a lot less difficult. In a recent Pew Research Center poll the number of people saying they would be upset if their child came out to them was not as bad as thirty years ago.

Further, coming out to one parent over the other seems to be a favored trend.

This is a striking contrast to a 1985 poll that shows if parents were to learn that one of their children is gay, it would make them very upset.