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  2. 65
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    The number of countries in which homosexuality can be punished by at least 14 years in jail.  In 10 countries, you can be punished with life imprisonment.  In Somalia and Nigeria, there’s no law against murdering LGBT individuals.

    India’s gay sex ban shows why the LGBT movement must go global

     


  3. The entire medical community is opposed to these phony therapies. These non-scientific efforts have led in some cases to patients later committing suicide, as well as severe mental and physical anguish. It’s not just that people are wasting their time and money on these therapies that don’t work, it’s that these therapies are dangerous.
    — California State Senator Ted W. Lieu (D), on his bill banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ for kids in California.
     

  4. GOOD DAY FOR:

    Reverse psychology
    New research finds that protests against JC Penney ads featuring lesbian moms and their children have actually bolstered customers’ opinion of the brand. [Business Insider]

    Sleeping with the fishes
    A contracting firm releases its plans for a super-luxurious underwater hotel in Dubai. [The Daily What]

    Immediate payoffs
    The Obama campaign raises $1 million in the first 90 minutes after the president publicly endorses gay marriage. [BuzzFeed]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Blemishing the historical record
    A Ferrari leaves skid marks on a 600-year-old wall in China while performing a publicity stunt atop the Ming Dynasty-era monument. [TIME]

    Freedom-referencing milestones
    New York’s One World Trade Center may not reach its planned (and symbolic) height of 1,776 feet thanks to a decision to eliminate the cladding that would have surrounded its mast. [Gothamist

    Treating class clowns like dogs
    A Florida high school teacher is in hot water for forcing misbehaving students to wear a bulky plastic collar called “the cone of shame.”[Opposing Views]

    (Source: theweek.com)