Gay hotelier who hosted Ted Cruz made a campaign donation

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Gay hotelier, Ian Reisner, wrote a check for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign at the “fireside chat” held at his Central Park penthouse, but asked for the money back after news of the dinner got out.

Reisner and business partner Mati Weiderpass came under attack via social media after hosting anti-gay presidential hopeful Cruz April 22.

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Indiana lawmakers won’t study LGBT protections this summer

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers won’t spend the summer discussing whether to grant statewide civil rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents despite lingering fallout over a new religious objections law.

The issue that roiled the state during this year’s legislative session wasn’t included in more than three dozen topics lawmakers said May 28 they would study before reconvening in January.

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Colorado school blocks ‘coming out’ speech from valedictorian

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LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – A Longmont charter school is being criticized for blocking a class valedictorian from delivering a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay.

Eighteen-year-old Evan Young told the Daily Camera that he agreed to make some suggested changes to his speech but wouldn’t remove the disclosure about his sexuality. Young says he wasn’t notified until just a few minutes before the May 16 ceremony that he wouldn’t be allowed to speak or be recognized as valedictorian.

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Arkansas justices reject new arguments in gay marriage case

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won’t hear new arguments over whether to legalize gay marriage, but will leave a ban in place until it rules.

In unsigned orders May 28, justices refused to lift a year-old stay. They also won’t hear new arguments even though two of its seven members joined the court this year.

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Divisive anti-gay marriage bill falls in Texas Legislature

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer.

That means the first session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will end next week without new restrictions that gay rights activists and some Texas businesses intensely opposed.

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NC gov. vetoes bill on religious objection to gay marriage

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid gay marriage duties.

The Republican governor announced his decision May 28 — hours after lawmakers gave their final approval to the measure. His office says he vetoed it shortly after the announcement. The legislature must decide whether to override that veto.

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Rick Santorum announces second White House run

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CABOT, Pa. (AP) – Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on May 27, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence, and focus on social issues, in a changing Republican Party.

The former Pennsylvania senator may have exceeded his own expectations by scoring a second-place finish in the race for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago. Yet as he enters a more powerful and diverse 2016 field, he may struggle even to qualify for the debate stage in his second run.

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New policy in Oregon schools helps transgender students

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Schools in Eugene will now be required to accommodate transgender and gender non-conforming students thanks to a policy unanimously passed by the Eugene School Board.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that the new policy will require the district to develop guidelines and training for school employees on how to support such students, such as by asking which pronouns or name the students prefer.

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Ireland’s first gay marriage possible by July, minister says

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DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) – Some of Ireland’s gay couples planning a civil partnership may receive a surprisingly fast upgrade to marriage.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald announced May 25 that the bill to legalize gay marriage, following its landslide approval in the May 21 referendum, should be passed before lawmakers’ planned July 16 summer recess.

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Connecticut police investigating if pastor shooting was hate crime

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Hartford police are investigating whether a pastor who was shot while placing flags outside a church for Memorial Day was the victim of a hate crime.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley told WVIT-TV that investigators are keeping open the possibility that the shooting of 54-year-old Augustus Sealy of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, on May 24 outside the First Church of Nazarene was a hate crime.

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India appoints 1st transgender woman as head of college

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KOLKATA, India (AP) – India has for the first time appointed a transgender woman as the principal of a college, a top education official said May 27.

Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women’s College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, said Dipak K. Kar, chairman of an education panel that selects college principals in the state.

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Screened Out – San Andreas

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Hang on! Here comes the big one…again…

San Andreas is simply massive earthquake destruction combined with Lifetime-style melodrama. There is not a single, solitary surprise in the cliché-riddled script. Some moments are so cheesy that you’ll wince. However, the devastation is awe-inspiring – people die, buildings crumble, fire roars, water rises, and one hero emerges. Yadda yadda yadda.

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