Change.org petition calls for City of Orlando to create rainbow crosswalk

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ORLANDO | The mass shooting at Pulse in downtown Orlando June 12, 2016 claimed the lives of 49 innocent citizens. Now a petition circulating online looks to turn an intersection near the nightclub into a spectrum of hope and remembrance.

The petition on the website Change.org calls for the city of Orlando to install a rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Kaley Street “to honor both the memory of the victims and the struggle of the survivors.” The S. Orange/Kaley intersection is the closest major intersection where Pulse is located.

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TV reenactment of Pulse nightclub massacre planned

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A television reenactment of the horrific Pulse nightclub massacre is in the works at Univision, NBC News reports.

Univision’s weekly news show “Crónicas De Sábado” plans to air the episode using actors to reenact the night 49 people died and more than 50 people were injured. Interviews of the survivors will also be shown. The episode is titled “Baño De Sangre,” or “Blood Bath.”

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Finnish lawmakers reject call to revoke same-sex marriage

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HELSINKI (AP) – Finnish lawmakers rejected a petition from more than 100,000 people Feb. 17 demanding the repeal of a law allowing same-sex marriage that takes effect on March 1.

The petition was considered a last-minute attempt to revoke the law that made Finland the last Nordic country to allow gays to wed.

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FIFA: Task force will be appointed in Russia to tackle discrimination at 2018 World Cup

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Splits in FIFA’s plan to fight discrimination at the World Cup have been exposed after reported incidents involving fans went unpunished.

The public divide was revealed Thursday at a briefing involving the chairmen of FIFA’s task force against racism, Jeffrey Webb, and its disciplinary panel, Claudio Sulser. It came at a World Cup which FIFA President Sepp Blatter has pledged would not tolerate discrimination.

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PA sues to halt same sex marriage licenses

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Philadelphia (AP) – State officials asked a court to stop a rogue county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Tuesday, nearly a week after a clerk began granting them in violation of Pennsylvania law.

The petition filed by the Health Department in Commonwealth Court alleges that D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills in Montgomery County, “repeatedly and continuously” flouted the law. As of Tuesday afternoon, the county had granted 34 licenses and registered six same-sex marriages.

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Hardaway signs Florida petition for marriage equality

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Former Miami Heat star Tim Hardaway became the first person to sign a petition to get a marriage equality constitutional amendment on Florida’s ballot.

“If you’re married you’re married-you should see your significant other in the hospital, make choices for your significant other if you need to make those choices,” Hardaway said July 3 as he showed his support for the effort that would legalize same-sex marriage in Florida.

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Ft. Lauderdale gay couple first in line for green card

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A Bulgarian graduate student and his American husband are the first gay couple in the nation to have their green card petition approved after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, their lawyer says.

But Traian Popov, here on a student visa, won’t be able to work or visit his family back home for at least another six months while his green card can be processed. And his marriage to Julian Marsh, performed in New York, still won’t be recognized in Florida where they live.

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