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COMMENTARY: The pledge of hate

Did you know that in Mobile, Ala., nine Republicans are running in a special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District?

You probably wonder why you should care if you don’t live in Alabama?

You should care because one of these candidates – Dean Young - challenged the other eight to sign a pledge saying that, if they get elected, they will take any and all active steps to oppose same-gender marriage.

Here is that pledge – in all its Alabama glory:

Pledge to Oppose Gay Marriage

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Actor Wentworth Miller comes out, denounces Russia’s anti-gay law

WASHINGTON – Actor Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in a letter he wrote denouncing Russia's new law criminalizing even the most modest gestures of support for LGBT people.

Miller, known for his role on the Fox television show "Prison Break," declined an invitation to participate in the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. In his letter, Miller wrote:

"Thank you for your kind invitation ... as a gay man, I must decline."

Gay Somali refugees face death threats

SOMEWHERE IN KENYA -- Gay, lesbian and HIV-infected refugees from Somalia are facing persecution - and even the threat of death - should they return home.

Refugees have been under pressure to leave accommodations in Kenya, where many also face racist discrimination, after claims the country is now significantly safer than when Al-Shabaab had control of Mogadishu.

But many gay Somalis say returning is not an option for them.

ADL calls for U.S. action to Russia's anti-gay bigotry and harassment

NEW YORK -- In response to a new national law in Russia prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” and fallout from the law’s passage that has brought about an upsurge in violence targeting gays and lesbians, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on the United States to impose penalties if the Russian government does not “step backward on this issue of basic human rights.”

Two men convicted of anti-gay hate crime in California

CASTROVILLE, Calif.--Two Salinas residents were convicted on Friday of a hate crime motivated by the victim's sexual orientation.

According to the District Attorney, both 38-year-old Manuel Rivera and 45-year-old Ricardo Torres back in May of 2012 were in a gay and lesbian nightclub in Castroville. This is where the two men physically assaulted 33-year-old Aurelio Alvarado while yelling out homosexual slurs.

In Swaziland, community police banish gay men

MVUTSHINI, Swaziland -- Two young man have been banished from their community after they were reported to community police for being gay.

It is a crime to be gay in Swaziland, and discrimination and violence against the LGBT community is rampant.

The men, aged 18 and 21, were living in Mvutshini with one of the men's aunts. Neighbors confronted the young men, who allegedly admitted that they were gay. The aunt then reported the two to community police. She told The Swazi News:

Russia’s pole vault queen comes out as a proud homophobe

MOSCOW – Yelena Isinbayeva may be enjoying life as Russia’s pole vault queen, but she is also getting international criticism for supporting President Vladimir Putin’s new “gay propaganda” law.

Anti-gay activist Scott Lively to face "crimes against humanity" charges

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – In a first-of-its kind case brought by a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization against a prominent U.S. anti-gay extremist, a federal judge ruled late Wednesday that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law.

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COMMENTARY: What is it with football (soccer) and homophobia?

The English football season kicks off this weekend and still there isn’t a single openly gay current player out of 5,000 professional footballers in the UK. By statistical averages, there must be in the region of 500 players who are gay or bisexual. None feel able to come out. What does this say about the state of the beautiful game?

While the rest of society has moved on, football is still ham-strung by hang ups about homosexuality.

London cast of "The Pride" protests Russia's anti-gay law

LONDON -- The cast members of "The Pride," a play about a gay love triangle, took their bows on opening night on Tuesday with a pointed protest against Russia's draconian "gay propaganda" law.

British actress Hayley Atwell, perhaps best known for her role in "Captain America: The First Avenger," and her fellow actors used the curtain call at the Trafalgar Studios to make a statement, holding up posters stating: "To Russia, With Love."

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