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Palestinian police vow to crack down on planned LGBT event

Aug. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have threatened to arrest anyone involved in a gathering planned by LGBT activists and have called on people to come forward with information about them. The announcement over the weekend followed word that al-Qaws, an LGBT group in the Palestinian territories,...

Berlin memorial to gay victims of Nazis vandalized

Aug. 19, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say a central memorial to the gay victims of the Nazis has been vandalized. The concrete memorial in Berlin's Tiergarten park, near the memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, features a window into which visitors can look and view a video of a same-sex couple kissing....

Sentencing set for man who beat gay man, bragged about it

Aug. 19, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Sentencing has been set for a Tennessee man convicted of aggravated assault for severely beating a gay man and bragging about it online. The Daily News Journal reports Brandon Wiley, of Lewisburg, is set to be sentenced Thursday. Wiley and the victim testified last week about the...

Greek Orthodox bishop convicted of hate speech resigns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta, a fiery conservative Greek Orthodox bishop known for criticizing, often in intemperate terms, those who he believed acted in a "non-Christian" or "non-Greek" way, including gays, migrants and politicians, resigned Sunday. Amvrosios, 81,...

Document: Vegas man allegedly planned to attack McDonald's

Aug. 17, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A court document says a Las Vegas man accused of plotting to firebomb a synagogue or bar catering to LGBT customers also allegedly planned an attack on a fast-food restaurant. U.S. Magistrate Nancy Koppe wrote in a detention order for 23-year-old Conor Climo on a weapons charge that he had...

Capitol Watch: Cuomo wants new law on domestic terrorism

Aug. 17, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to create a new crime of domestic terrorism for mass shootings or other large-scale violent acts motivated by bias. The Democrat says his proposal to lawmakers would cover acts like the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where...

Father of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart comes out as gay

Aug. 16, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has come out as gay in a heartfelt letter that reveals he has struggled throughout his life with pain and guilt. "The decision to be honest and truthful about my orientation comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same...

'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid

Aug. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on the mind of his congregation. Would black voters be able to reconcile their conservative religious doctrine with voting for a gay candidate for president?...

'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid

Aug. 16, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, many religious black voters are facing a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and their deeply held biblical convictions that could impede support for the 2020 race's only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj). The historically...

Judge won't dismiss embattled prosecutor from political case

Aug. 15, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge ruled on Thursday that a special prosecutor who has come under fire for making anti-gay and anti-Islam remarks will continue to handle a young black activist's court case. The decision comes among a long series of developments involving Coffee County District...