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Roundup: Academic Freedom, Kennedy, Japan

Antigay group sues hotel: Americans for Truth About Homosexuality filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a Holiday Inn Select in suburban Chicago, charging that the hotel cancelled a 2007 banquet planned by the group because of its religious beliefs.

College forbids LGBT advocacy: Professors at Calvin College, a Christian institution in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are calling for a discussion about academic freedom after receiving a memo that said it was "unacceptable" to advocate for LGBT issues and marriage equality.

Mass. governor to speak about senate vacancy: Governor Deval Patrick will speak at 3 p.m. on Monday about whether to call a special election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died last week, or to appoint a replacement.

Sayonara: Voters in Japan ousted the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party in elections on Sunday, welcoming an opposition party that promised a new economic and foreign policy agenda.

It's all about the liberty: A new book about Supreme Court swing voter Justice Anthony Kennedy argues that the principle of liberty drives his decisions, including those that concern gay Americans.

Russia's Barack Obama? Joaquim Crima, a Guinea-Bissau native now running for the local community council in southern Russia, has drawn comparisons to the barrier-breaking American president.

The end of the monopoly: The legalization of marriage equality in nearby states may be contributing to lower than expected weddings planned for Vermont, where a new marriage equality law takes effect on Tuesday.

"I'm not the gay bishop, I'm just the bishop": Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, talks about the tensions between the American church and the rest of the Anglican Communion.

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