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North Carolina Senate overrides governor's veto of marriage opt-out bill

Larry Ferri and Brandi Morris hold large rainbow flag as gay couples marry outside of Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in CharlotteBy Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - A measure that would allow some public officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing gay marriages moved closer to becoming law on Monday, when lawmakers voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s veto of the bill. The Republican-led state Senate reached the three-fifths majority needed to override McCrory’s veto in a 32-16 vote. The legislation now goes back to the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives, which passed it in February by a margin wide enough to override the veto.


Transgender movement looks to benefit from Jenner's change

This photo taken by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair shows the cover of the magazine's July 2015 issue featuring Bruce Jenner debuting as a transgender woman named Caitlyn Jenner. (Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The handsome, muscular Bruce Jenner, whose picture appeared on the Wheaties cereal box the year after he won the Olympic gold medal, is on the cover of Vanity Fair this week, only now as Caitlyn Jenner, an attractive woman in a strapless, white corset.


South Korea reports first MERS deaths to growing alarm

South Korean hospital workers set up a separated emergency center for MERS cases at the National Medical Center in Seoul on June 1, 2015South Korea on Tuesday reported its first deaths from the MERS virus, following the largest outbreak outside the Middle East that has infected 25 people and triggered widespread public alarm. A 58-year-old woman died of acute respiratory failure on Monday and tests later came back positive for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), the health ministry said. Previously, the only other fatal MERS case in Asia was a man who died in Malaysia in April 2014.


Arizona mosque, site of anti-Islam protest, holds 'love not hate' event

Demonstrators gather for a rally titled "Love is Stronger Than Hate" at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, USABy Deanna Dent PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona mosque where hundreds gathered last week for an anti-Islam demonstration, with counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," was the site of a "love not hate" event on Monday to promote peace and inclusiveness, participants said. The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix said it was hosting a gathering that includes a multi-faith prayer service and speakers to "show that when one of us is mistreated, our community responds with a message of Love and Not Hate." "We ask that you bring a FLOWER as a symbol of love and care," the event organizers said on Facebook. "We are better together, and together we are strong." (https://www.facebook.com/events/1648234602075105) Monday's event, organized by more than 20 groups, comes four days after an anti-Muslim event held outside the mosque drew more than 200 protesters, some armed, who berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed.] The rally was held at the mosque in part because two Texas gunmen who opened fire outside an anti-Muslim event in Texas last month had worshipped there, said rally organizer Jon Ritzheimer, an Iraq war veteran.


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