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The United States Navy Band plays "Taps" in honor of Every fallen soldier

Here is The United States Navy Band playing Taps, remembering our brothers and sisters, gay and straight who have given their lives in the name of freedom. Take a minute to listen and pause in honor of their service on this Memorial Day.

Ireland gay marriage vote spurs emotional celebrations, in photos

Ireland held a historic referendum on same-sex marriage on Saturday, with a resounding majority of voters backing legalization. The result makes Ireland the first country in the world to adopt gay marriage through popular vote.

Around 62 percent of citizens who headed to the polls voted yes to legalization, amid the highest turnout the country has seen in two decades. The vote reflects the changing nature of Ireland's once-conservative Catholic society, which only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993.

Conservative ‘19 Kids and Counting’ star admits to molesting girls

"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably,” Josh Duggar stated Thursday night in his formal resignation from the conservative Christian Family Research Council. “Inexcusably” is, perhaps, one of the greatest understatements when it’s made in reference to the allegation that you molested five girls—including allegations, as TMZ reports, from some of your sisters.

Girls Scouts have awesome response to 'family' group that wants to ban trans scouts

A "family" group doesn't want transgender girls accepted into the Girl Scouts of America, but the Girl Scouts sure don't care.

Patrons outraged after bartender calls customers 'Fags' on receipt

CLEVELAND, Ohio - An Ohio bartender has come under fire after she gave her customers a receipt with a homophobic slur written on it, but she says she didn't mean to offend anyone.

Alissa Maugen was serving her friends drinks at West End Tavern near Cleveland on Sunday. When her friends got their receipt, the word "Fags" appeared in place of a name, ABC 6 reports.

Groundbreaking study on gay marriage views may have been faked

A seemingly groundbreaking and widely publicized study reported in Science magazine this past December may be a fake.

The study appeared to show that openly gay activists in California had persuaded conservative voters to change their minds in a lasting way by engaging the voters in “heartfelt, reciprocal and vulnerable conversations” about being gay during door-to-door advocacy campaigns. It was co-authored by Michael J. LaCour, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Donald P. Green, a professor at Columbia University.

Bobby Jindal vows to enforce religious freedom measure through executive order

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Tuesday he plans to issue an executive order "to accomplish the intent" of a religious freedom bill that died in the Louisiana House hours before.

Former bully sends Powerful apology to classmate 20 years later

An apology that one man received from an old classmate reminds us all that it's never too late to right your wrongs.

ChadMichael Morrisette, now 34, grew up in a small town in Alaska and, starting in the sixth grade, was bullied for being gay, he told Today.com.

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First Federal Bill to prevent dangerous anti-LGBT conversion therapy introduced in Congress

Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) will introduce the “Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act” – the first federal legislation to prohibit the practice of providing “conversion therapy” to any person in exchange for monetary compensation or advertising such services. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), called for Congress to rally behind the important legislation in order to end this dangerous and discredited practice of discrimination against LGBT people.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiates another same-sex wedding, gives a special shout-out to the U.S. Constitution

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a same-sex wedding over the weekend, and according to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the Notorious R.B.G. gave a big shout-out to the U.S. Constitution.

Dowd wrote Ginsburg's officiation may have had deeper meaning than pronouncing the two grooms married: