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International News in this issue:
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Turkey: Activists removed during protest
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Poland: Gay erotic art gets major show
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Malawi: Languishing in prison¸ man is 'gravely ill'
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India: Journalists arrested after blackmail plot
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Turkey: Activists removed during protest

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Turkish civil rights activists held a protest after a government minister called homosexuality a "disease."
Aliye Kavaf, the country"s minister for women and family, told the Hurriyet Daily News that she does not have a "a positive opinion of gay marriage."
"I believe homosexuality is a biological disorder," Kavaf told reporters. "I think it is a disease that needs treatment."
At a subsequent gender equality meeting, protesters shouted slogans and held up banners saying "Don't hate, apologize."
They were then dragged out of the room by men in dark suits, according to witnesses.
Gay groups have called for Kavaf to amend the criminal code to state clearly that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as gender identity, is a crime.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, but discrimination and persecution are said to be common.


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