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Democrats add support for gay marriage to convention platform

CHARLOTTE (RNS) On the night the Democrats became the first major U.S. political party to endorse gay marriage, some convention delegates remembered how it used to be — back in high school, back in the closet, back in the days when, as one said, “you're scared because it's not OK to be who you are.” By Rick Hampson.

Catholic school teacher fired for gay wedding plans

NORMANDY, Mo. (RNS) A popular music teacher at a Catholic school was fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years in New York. By Elizabethe Holland.