Earlier this month, Hal Faulkner (left), 79, received his new papers from two Marines after having his military status changed to "honorable discharge." Faulkner died Tuesday. Courtesy of Phil Latzman hide caption

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Sept. 25: Police detain a gay rights activist in Moscow. The poster, adorned with Olympic rings, reads "Homophobia is the shame of Russia!" Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Several same-sex couples hold a group wedding ceremony Monday at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. Marco Garcia/AP hide caption

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Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaking from the floor of the Senate on Monday. C-SPAN.org hide caption

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Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., at a 2011 news conference on Capitol Hill. On Monday, Heller announced his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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A federal appeals court has reversed an injunction that kept California's law banning conversion therapy from taking effect. This composite image shows sate Sen. Ted Lieu, left, who introduced the original bill, and David Pickup, a marriage and family therapist who is a plaintiff in the suit against it. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Sweden's Emma Green Tregaro sports red nails as she waits to compete in the women's high jump final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Green Tregaro was told her rainbow-colored nail violated track's rules against political statements. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ron McCoy (left) and Chris Bowers were holding hands after arriving at the Albuquerque, N.M., airport when a shuttle driver told them to move to the back of the bus. The bus company has apologized. KRQE TV hide caption

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Pope Francis returned to Rome on Monday after his trip to Brazil. The flight included a news conference in which the pope struck a conciliatory tone about gay Catholics. He also explained what he keeps in his black bag. Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lining up to be married: Adam Chandler, 33, left, and Ivan Chandler, 38, both of Citrus Heights, were among those waiting in line Saturday to get married at San Francisco City Hall. Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group/MCT/Landov hide caption

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A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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