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Utah Lawmaker: Pornography A Public Health Crisis

By Brady McCombs and Michelle L. Price | Feb 6
A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.

Claiming Anti-Gay Discrimination, NYC Man Sues Hospital

Feb 5
A man is suing a New York City-area hospital for discrimination, claiming he was ignored and that staffers used gay slurs towards him during a September trip to the emergency room.

Judge's Order Strikes Down Nebraska Ban on Gay Marriage

Feb 5
A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction striking down Nebraska's now-negated ban on gay marriage and civil unions.

Lawmakers, Magistrate Want to Defend NC Gay Marriage Exemption

By Gary D. Robertson | Feb 5
North Carolina legislators and a magistrate who won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples are asking a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law challenged as discriminatory.

Netflix Picks Up 'Orange is the New Black' for 3 More Seasons

Feb 5
"Orange is the New Black" will be around until at least Season 7.

Gay Groups Seek to Buy NYC Church Known for Hateful Messages

By Karen Matthews | Feb 5
The end may be nigh for a Harlem church known for hateful public messages condemning gays and President Barack Obama to eternal damnation, and two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get an ironic last word on the matter.

Georgia House Panel Backs 'Pastor Protection' Legislation

By Kathleen Foody | Feb 5
Georgia law doesn't require religious officials to perform same-sex marriages, and a bill making that clear is moving through the Georgia House.

Top House Democrat Vows Gay Rights Debate Will Continue

By Brian Slodysko | Feb 5
The Indiana House's top Democrat said Thursday that the gay rights debate in the Legislature isn't over, even though the Republican-dominated Senate abandoned an anti-discrimination measure this week.

Cosby Case Could Hinge on 2 Issues: Deposition and Accusers

By Maryclaire Dale | Feb 5
With one crucial legal battle out of the way, at least two more loom in the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby: whether prosecutors can use his explosive testimony from a decade-old lawsuit, and whether other Cosby accusers can testify.

Florida Readies for a Fight With Zika Virus

By Jennifer Kay | Feb 5
Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

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