Couples kiss during the Athens gay pride parade last June. Last month, activists organized a "kiss-in" during a church service run by a Greek Orthodox bishop who has threatened to excommunicate politicians supporting same-sex unions. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Activists protest Uganda's anti-gay legislation in Nairobi, Kenya, this month. LGBT status has been grounds for asylum in the U.S. since 1994, but winning refugee status can be difficult, particularly for people who are unable to obtain visas to the U.S. before applying. Dai Kurokawa /EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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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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