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Sunday, June 27, 2010

NewsWrap for the week ending June 26, 2010:

Summary: At least five activists are arrested at an unauthorized Pride demonstration in St. Petersburg, Russia ... about 600 LGBT people and their supporters survive anti-queer threats to march for Pride in Brno, the Czech Republic ... there are reports that Syrian authorities have arrested dozens for obscenity, illegal drugs and "encouraging" homosexuality in recent raids on private gay parties ... the European Court of Human Rights rejects a gay Austrian couple's bid for marriage equality, but acknowledges the need for legal recognition of and protections for same-gender families ... a Berlin court rules that same-gender couples who legally marry in other countries are not married in Germany, but are recognized under the country's registered partnerships law ... the U.S. Supreme Court's 8-to-1 ruling orders the public release of the names of those who'd signed petitions in the state of Washington to put Referendum 71, which would have revoked expanded domestic partner benefits, on the November 2008 ballot ... LGBT activists are hoping that newly-installed Australian P.M. Julia Gillard will be more open to marriage equality than her Labor Party predecessor Kevin Rudd ... gay men in San Francisco's Castro district get slippery to protest the BP Gulf oil spill

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