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Super Bowl the Final Act of the NFL's Worst Season

By Eddie Pells | Jan 31
Domestic violence. Questionable discipline. Player safety. Confusing officiating. Deflated footballs. The disturbing headlines that began last February never slowed down for the NFL this season.

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Marriage Equality Expected to Boost Florida Economy

NATIONAL | By Christiana Lilly | Feb 1
Just six days into 2015, the year proved to be a landmark one for the LGBT community -- and good news for Florida's economy.

Hagel's Departure Nears; No Review Ordered of Military's Transgender Ban

NATIONAL | By Justin Snow | Feb 1
The latest comments from outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the military's ban on transgender service have spurred renewed calls for Hagel to act on a review of the ban before leaving office.

Super Bowl the Final Act of the NFL's Worst Season

SPORTS | By Eddie Pells | Jan 31
Domestic violence. Questionable discipline. Player safety. Confusing officiating. Deflated footballs. The disturbing headlines that began last February never slowed down for the NFL this season.

Ala Judges Weighing Whether to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

NATIONAL | By Jay Reeves | Jan 31
Fred Hamic is a marrying judge: He's performed about 1,000 weddings during seven years as Geneva County's probate judge and considers the ceremonies a highlight of his job.

Imagine Dragons' Bassist: Don't Make Seahawks The Hero

SPORTS | By Anthony McCartney | Jan 31
Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl - he doesn't want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes.

Mary Cheney Compares Blackface to Drag

NATIONAL | By EDGE | Jan 31
Mary Cheney wants to know why it isn't "socially acceptable" for a white person to "put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African-Americans" if drags queens are allowed to imitate female stereotypes?

Exxon Mobil Updates Anti-Discrimination Employment Policy

WORKPLACE | Jan 31
Exxon Mobil Corp. has updated its corporate policies to protect employees from discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity.

Cumberbatch, Fry, Others Urge UK To Pardon Gay Men

POLITICS | Jan 31
Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law.

Gay Choking Death Convict Suspected of Castro Arson

CRIME | By Seth Hemmelgarn | Jan 31
A San Francisco man convicted of accidentally choking to death his sexual partner in 2011 pleaded not guilty this week in a case that involves at least one recent fire in the Castro.

Gay-Murdering ISIS Penal Code Includes Stoning, Crucifixion

INTERNATIONAL | By Rhuaridh Marr | Jan 31
The full penal code, The Independent reports, includes brutal punishments including lashings, cutting off hands and legs for theft, exile for unmarried adulterers and death sentences which include crucifixion and stoning.

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