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Afternoon Roundup: CBS News Correspondent Sexually Assaulted in Egypt

Maine’s newest anti-choice legislation; Mike Huckabee wants you to forget you don’t have a job or health care and that the value of your house is plummeting – because the most important issue we face is legal abortion for women; CBS News correspondent is sexually assaulted while covering Egyptian protetsts and more.

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Hate Crimes Rise as Homophobia Spreads Across Africa

Hate crimes against homosexuals are connected to the political, social and legal environment in which they live. And in Africa religious groups are talking about morals but simultaneously stirring hatred directly leading to violence against homosexuals.

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Hate Crimes Laws: A Conspiracy to “Eradicate” the Christian Right?

That weak and long-suffering entity known as the Christian Right is claiming that efforts to outlaw targeted hate crimes against homosexual persons through legislation constitute “a guarded effort to ‘eradicate’ their beliefs.”

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International AIDS Society Urges Strong/Swift Opposition to Proposed Anti-Homosexuality Legilsation In Uganda

In a press release today, the International AIDS Society (IAS) urged Uganda’s political and public health leaders to oppose and reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill presented last week in Uganda’s parliament.

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Stoking Fire: Far Right Opposition to Hate Crimes Laws

Assurances that federal workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people will exempt religious bodies from oversight should mollify conservatives, but they don’t.

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Far-Right Groups Twist Hate Crimes Language to Defend Bigoted Views

As legal protections around hate crimes take root, right-wing groups are twisting this framework in an attempt to justify anti-gay positions.

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Roundup: Matthew Shepard Act Passes House, Heads to Senate

Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Protection Act moves to Senate; Indiana legislature wraps up session; Tennessee abortion bill advances in the House; Sen. Richard Lugar will back Dawn Johnsen.

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Andrade Sentenced to Life Without Parole in Zapata Killing

A man convicted Wednesday of using a fire extinguisher to crush the skull of a transgender Colorado woman was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

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Accused Zapata Killer Didn’t “Snap,” Prosecutor Argues

The trial of Allen Andrade, accused of killing transgender woman Angie Zapata of Colorado, got underway last week.

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Take Action! Oklahoma Teacher Forced to Resign For Teaching “Laramie Project”

An Oklahoma public school teacher was forced to resign for teaching The Laramie Project, a play about Matthew Shepard, a man who was murdered because he was gay.

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