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Online petition demands Facebook remove anti-gay advertising

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A new Care2 petition is calling on Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, to end gay conversion therapy advertising after Facebook removed ads that appeared in youth LGBT user feeds.

The Care2 petition, started by LGBTQ activists, has already gathered 5,000 signatures.

“Homosexuality is not a mental disease,” stated the petition.  “It is not a choice nor is it an addiction. Yet, despite the plethora of widely respected medical organizations that have reiterated the fact for decades, many parts of our society continue to treat gayness as an option that can be overcome.”

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The Care2 petition was started after reports that, “Some users reported seeing the ads promoting ‘sexual purity’ and ‘gay cures’ as a result of the other Facebook pages they had shown an interest in.”

It added, “Conversion therapy also known as ex-gay or reparative therapy is the process of trying to change one’s sexual orientation or gender. The practice can cause serious feelings of self-hate, depression and even provoke suicidal thoughts or acts according to some.”

The Facebook advertising policy states that, “Ads must not discriminate or encourage discrimination against people based on sexual orientation, gender identity”.

“Conversion therapy directly discriminates against people who identify as LGBTQ as it perpetuates the belief that something is wrong with the person and that it can be “cured”, stated the Care2 petition.

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The British Government recently announced it was banning “conversion therapy” as part of an action plan to better manage discrimination against LGBT people in the U.K.


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Trump’s Pentagon chief vows to cooperate with impeachment probe in apparent break with the president

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the Pentagon would cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry -- in an apparent break with President Donald Trump's policy to thwart the probe.

Esper said his department would try to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats seeking records relating to the withholding of US military aid to Ukraine.

"We will do everything we can to cooperate with the Congress," Esper said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

His reassurance came days after the White House announced it would not cooperate with the Democratic-led House of Representatives, calling its impeachment push illegitimate and unconstitutional.

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GOP lawmaker sits in painful silence for four seconds after CNN’s Camerota schools him on impeachment

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Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) sat in painful silence for a full four seconds after CNN's Alisyn Camerota schooled him on the nature of impeachment inquiries.

During an interview on Monday, Camerota asked Davis if he thought it was appropriate for a president to ask a foreign government to help him investigate his domestic political opponents.

Davis said it was not, but then pivoted to saying that House Democrats didn't have enough evidence at the moment to justify holding an impeachment inquiry based on their knowledge of just the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Kurds announce groundbreaking deal with Damascus as Turkey pushes deep into Syria

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Syria's Kurds have announced a groundbreaking deal with Damascus on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey, as Ankara presses a deadly cross-border offensive that has sparked an international outcry.

The announcement on Sunday came as the United States ordered the withdrawal of almost its entire ground force in Syria.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the move to withdraw 1,000 US troops came after Washington learned that Turkey was pressing further into Syria than expected.

Turkey's relentless assault, which has seen air strikes, shelling and a ground incursion manned mainly by Syrian proxy fighters, has killed scores of civilians and fighters since its launch on Wednesday.

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