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April 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
In the early 2000s, the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on same-sex marriage aligned with the opinions of most Americans: Gays and lesbians shouldn't be allowed to marry. Since then, popular opposition to same-sex marriage has collapsed across much of the country, with 17 states and the District of Columbia allowing the practice. Shifting public opinion may explain the message that Neil L. Andersen, an elder in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles - the second-highest governing body in the Mormon Church - had for listeners at the semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
As three people were confirmed dead this week after having contracted meningitis in Los Angeles County,  at least one medical expert said there is a "pretty strong signal" that men who have sex with men are at increased risk for the rare bacterial infection. Robert Bolan, the medical director at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, said there is cause for concern in the gay community because the infection rate is higher in men who have sex with men and especially higher in those who are HIV-positive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The deaths of three gay men who contracted meningitis have sparked concern in Los Angeles' gay community. Here are some basic questions and answers about the disease. What is this form of meningitis? Invasive meningococcal disease stems from a rare bacterial infection that can spread to the blood, brain or spinal cord and can affect the entire body, sometimes causing death. It is spread by close exposure to sneezing or coughing or direct contact with saliva or nose mucus, though it's less contagious than influenza , the health department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Three gay men who contracted meningitis have died from the disease, officials said Thursday, heightening calls in West Hollywood and beyond that people get vaccinated. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health began providing free vaccinations for patients without health insurance Thursday. It recommended that gay and bisexual men get the medicine. The department announced earlier this week that there have been eight cases of invasive meningococcal disease in the county so far this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Robert Abele
With a title like "Hot Guys With Guns," actor turned writer-director Doug Spearman's niche comedy-mystery aimed at pop culture-savvy gays makes plain its intentions - titillation, tension and titters - and for the undiscerning, it's likely to deliver. After a chicly designed credit sequence that appealingly spoofs James Bond openings, we settle on caustically friendly exes Danny (a likable Marc Anthony Samuel), a sweet-faced out-of-work actor taking private eye classes, and Patrick/Pip (Brian McArdle)
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Mississippi lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow citizens and businesses to challenge laws they see as substantially in conflict with their religious beliefs. The bill, in the hands of Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday, would put into place a law similar to what  Arizona has on its books -- and had sought to expand as part of a controversial proposal that was recently vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Several other states have considered similar religious freedom bills this year.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
Mitch Eby wasn't trying to make history or make a point when he got up to speak to his football teammates at Chapman University two weeks ago. He just was trying to make a difference. But with one simple sentence -- "I am ready to share with you all that I am gay" -- he may have accomplished all three. "It was to put my story out there to kind of help other people in the same situation," the junior defensive lineman from Santa Monica said. "It was reading a lot of stories like this, watching YouTube videos, stuff like that that helped me. And I wanted to be able to provide my story and my own experiences to maybe help other people in the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
Thirty years ago today, Grammy-winning singer Marvin Gaye was fatally shot in a case that shocked the music world. The gunman was his father, Marvin P. Gaye Sr. Gaye was killed April 1, 1984, a day before his 45 th birthday, at the family home in the Crenshaw district after an argument wi th his father. Gaye Sr., a retired minister of the House of God Church, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to five years of probation. Police said the argument between the father and son began when Gaye was unable to find an insurance company letter that had nothing to do with the singer.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Days of Our Lives" will be airing the first gay marriage between two men on a daytime soap opera this week, as the story line of Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) reaches it romantic apex. According to NBC, the wedding will begin on Tuesday and air over three consecutive episodes. The WilSon romance, as fans call it, began in 2011, when the Sonny character was introduced in the show's fictional Midwestern town of Salem and began the show's first gay story line.
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March 28, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Gay rights advocates in Michigan cheered Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s announcement Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages hastily performed March 22. But the small victory translates to more complications for some newlyweds. After a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban March 21, Deborah Dolney, 28, and her fiancee, Jessie-Mae Secord, 33, seized the opportunity to get married. Four counties opened their offices the next day to issue marriage licenses, and Dolney and Secord were among those in line.
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