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Harvard Approves Ceremonies For Gays

Gay and lesbian couples are now permitted to hold commitment or blessing ceremonies in Harvard University’s Memorial Church, university officials announced last week.

The decision makes Harvard the second major educational institution, after Stanford University in California, to give formal permission for gay and lesbian unions in its chapel.

Terry Shepard, a spokesman for Stanford, said that over the past two years, about five such ceremonies have been held at Stanford’s Memorial Church, a nondenominational Christian chapel.


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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

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North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.