European bans on gay men blood donors sometimes OK, says court

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PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Justice ruled April 29 that EU governments may ban gay men from ever donating blood, but only under strict conditions.

The ruling was closely watched by activists and by governments that have lifetime bans on homosexual male blood donors, including the United States.

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Gay activists march peacefully in conservative Montenegro

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PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – Protected by hundreds of riot police, about 200 gay activists marched peacefully in Montenegro, a staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership.

Carrying banners reading “Let’s Love Each Other” or “This is Just Beginning,” gay activists gathered Nov. 2 in the capital, Podgorica, as police deployed heavily, practically blocking the city center.

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Croatians vote down marriage equality

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Zagreb, Croatia (AP) – A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union’s newest nation.

The state electoral commission, citing near complete results, said 65 percent of those who voted answered “yes” to the referendum question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?” About 34 percent voted against.

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