Confirmation of Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister thrown into doubt

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia’s ruling conservatives said June 19 if Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic doesn’t get enough votes to be confirmed by parliament as the first openly gay person to head the country’s government, an early general election will be held.

Brnabic, nominated last week by Serbian Present Aleksandar Vucic, could also become the conservative nation’s first female prime minister if she’s selected. But some of Vucic’s coalition partners said they will vote against her because of her sexual orientation.

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2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – WAVES FINALIST ROUND

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Watermark spent the last week sorting through and counting every ballot, and here it is – the FINAL round for the 2017 Watermark WAVE Awards!

Below are links to the FINALISTS for Central Florida and Tampa Bay/Sarasota.

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2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – Tampa Bay/Sarasota

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This is the FINAL round for the 2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – Tampa Bay/Sarasota.

For your ballot to count, please take a moment to vote for your favorites in a minimum of 15 categories.

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2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – Central Florida

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This is the FINAL round for the 2017 Watermark WAVE Awards – Central Florida.

For your ballot to count, please take a moment to vote for your favorites in a minimum of 15 categories.

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Gay rights advocates welcome Australia rejecting public vote

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Gay rights advocates welcomed Australia’s Senate voting down Nov. 8 a government plan to hold a nonbinding public vote on recognizing gay marriage and called on Parliament to legislate for marriage equality soon.

The Senate voted 33-29 against holding the plebiscite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative government had planned for Feb. 11.

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LGBTQ Voting Rally on Sunday! It’s your last chance to be early!

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We are aware of the symptoms of exhaustion. We, likewise, have the vapors and the terrors in equal measure as Nov. 8 approaches. What if it all goes wrong? What if we’re all ruined by a megalomaniac whose interests lie solely in his swish of hair and swap of values, his latest wife and latest strife.

It’s not OK. We’ve done almost as much as we can to encourage your suffrage, but, just in case, there is a souls-to-the-polls-style voting rally happening this weekend, and we thought you should know about it.

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Chelsea Clinton talks LGBT and the 2016 election with PGN

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Chelsea Clinton took a break from addressing female and Millennial voters Oct. 14 in Pittsburgh for a phone call with Philadelphia Gay News. She talked about her time in Pennsylvania — an increasingly important swing state in the race that pits her mother, Democrat Hillary Clinton, against Republican Donald Trump.

“We’re continuing to make the case about what’s really at stake in this election,” Clinton said. “I firmly believe if we keep talking about what’s at stake that we will win on Nov. 8.”

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Australian opposition decides to sink same-sex marriage vote

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – The Australian opposition on Oct. 10 decided to block government plans for a public but non-binding vote on recognizing same-sex marriage, arguing it would better if the issue was decided in Parliament.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition government needs center-left Labor Party’s support to get enabling legislation through the Senate to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage on Feb. 11.

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[Update] Deadline to register to vote in the presidential election is Weds., Oct. 12… Do it!

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We’ll hold back on the locker-room banter motif that defined a weekend that was likely to be blown away by mass destruction via Hurricane Matthew. What’s more important, especially after watching last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is that you are engaged in a manner that can make a difference.

Following a request by the Clinton campaign to extend voter registration in order to make up for days lost at home during a natural disaster, our favorite (not favorite) Gov. Rick Scott has refused said extension. Wonder why? Google “Voter Suppression.”

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Marion County School Board to vote on anti-transgender bathroom bill

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MarionCountySchoolsLogoOcala (AP) – The Marion County School Board plans to restrict access to school bathrooms based on a person’s biological gender.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Board reached a consensus on April 21 on a resolution that would ban transgender students from using bathrooms for the gender with which they identify. The board plans to take a final vote April 26.

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Watermark readers respond: HRC endorses Hillary Clinton

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You guys had a lot to say about the Human Rights Campaign’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for U.S. President.

Read a round-up of Watermark reader comments after the jump: 

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Gay marriage override vote in North Carolina House uncertain

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The future of Gov. Pat McCrory’s latest vetoes is now in the hands of the North Carolina House.

Republican leaders in the House have two veto overrides on their June 3 agenda. One is on a bill allowing some court officials to avoid performing gay marriage duties based on religious objections. Another is on legislation allowing companies to sue for civil damages someone who deliberately gets hired to steal intellectual property or take video.

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