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Your children are not safe! The new Yes on 1 ad from marriage equality opponents in Maine revisits the false threat that children will be taught about gay marriage in schools. Watch below.

D.C. gay marriage bill OK by Congress:
Congressional leaders said they would not try to block the bill passed by the D.C. Council -- whose laws they oversee -- to legalize same-sex marriages.

Bring me some water:
Marion Barry, the D.C. councilman who earlier said that he did not support the bill recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the District, will miss its introduction on Tuesday due to dehydration.

Polanski appeal rejected:
Swiss authorities rejected an appeal on Tuesday to release filmmaker Roman Polanski from jail after his arrest last month on a U.S. extradition warrant.

Utah governor to meet with gay rights group: Gary Herbert, who recently succeeded Ambassador Jon Huntsman as governor, will meet with Equality Utah on Tuesday after saying that he did not see the need for LGBT antidiscrimination protections.

The new gay panic: A 17-year-old boy in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., who kicked and punched another student last month said he lost control after being the persistent target of antigay bullying.

Palin presidential candidacy would be "catastrophic":
Former John McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt warned against the prospect of a Republican ticket headed by Sarah Palin in 2012.

Mind the lavender gap: The first visitors' center dedicated exclusively to gay tourists in London is set to open on October 22.

Warning to LGBT community in Sussex:
Convicted thief Nigel Rowell, who absconded from a Kent prison in June, may be preying on gay and transgender residents.

Underground railroad for gay Iraqis:
New York magazinewriter Matthew McAllester speaks with NPR about the dire circumstances of gay Iraqis.

Sex and justice:
A trial is under way for former Alabama judge Herman Thomas, who stands accused of forcing inmates to strip, submit to spankings, and even perform sex acts.

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