Kim Davis loses re-election bid

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Kentucky clerk who became notorious for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex marriage has lost her bid for re-election as Rowan County Clerk, according to multiple media reports.

According to the Associated Press, Elwood Caudill, the Democratic challenger who sought to unseat Davis, claimed 54.1 percent of the vote compared to the 45.9 percent won by Davis. The Associated Press declared Caudill the winner about an hour after polls closed in Kentucky at 7 pm.

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Gay man who was denied marriage license by Kim Davis attacks her opponent

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) | Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants a second term in office.

Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. is running against her, and the campaign has predictably turned to allegations of bigotry. But it’s Caudill, not Davis, who has been forced to play defense.

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Las Vegas shooting surpasses Orlando as deadliest in U.S. history

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A deadly shooting at a concert Sunday night in Las Vegas has left more than 50 dead and 400 wounded, surpassing the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando as the deadliest in U.S. history.

The perpetuator — identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64 — fired from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino upon an outdoor country music festival below as singer Jason Aldean performed.

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Syphilis rates higher for gay men in South

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A new U.S. report shows the spread of syphilis is far worse in gay men in southern states, the Associated Press reports.

North Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana have the highest rates. In North Carolina, as many as one in 134 gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with the most contagious forms of syphilis in 2015.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including BEST PLAY, is coming to Tampa!

Hailed as “One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award®-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

The Thursday, Nov. 10, performance will be sign language interpreted.

Stay tuned for on-sale information!

Lawsuits filed over possible release of Pulse shooting 911 calls

By : Alex Storer
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Two lawsuits are filed in Orange County in an attempt to clarify the potential public release of 911 calls related to the Pulse shooting.

The first lawsuit, filed by the City of Orlando June 23, asks the Orange County court to clarify how the City should proceed with the recordings of 603 calls made to 911 during the Pulse shooting and four calls between emergency services and the shooter, Omar Mateen. According to their lawsuit, which names the Associated Press as a defendant, the City hasn’t yet released the calls “out of respect for the Pulse shooting victims and their families.”

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Most Americans on board with marriage equality… but there’s a catch

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Salt Lake City (AP) – While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any requirement that they issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, according to the poll.

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