Erica Seagraves, right, has a discussion with Malinda Andrews on the steps of the Rowan County Judicial Center Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples until further notice as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. Marriage equality fight turns to clerks, probate judges who refuse licenses to same-sex couples
Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead.

Missouri
Several Missouri counties still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Some Missouri counties still won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week's Supreme Court ruling, prompting an advocacy group to threaten legal action Wednesday to force compliance.

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North Dakota lawmaker defends homophobic Facebook post on same-sex marriage

A North Dakota Republican state lawmaker is defending a Facebook post in which he called the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a victory for the mentally ill.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade
Federal judge orders Alabama counties to comply with same-sex marriage ruling

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued an order Wednesday updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Alabama.

Tennessee
All Tennessee counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

All of Tennessee's county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates.

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LGBT rights groups ask judge to compel Alabama counties to comply with marriage ruling

Groups representing same-sex couples Tuesday said more Alabama counties are beginning to follow the U.S Supreme Court's marriage ruling but want a federal judge to order reluctant probate judges to comply.

Bishop Gene Robinson addresses the congregation at Christ Church in Philadelphia, Sunday, May 1, 2005. Robinson, now retired, said he is breathless about how quickly the gay rights movement has progressed since he was getting daily death threats and forced to wear a bulletproof vest to his consecration 12 years ago.
U.S. Anglicans to vote on allowing same-sex marriage in churches

Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

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Justice Department: Students’ gender identity determines restroom use

The U.S. Justice Department says in a court filing that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
Cuomo demands better protections for transgender students

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state Education Department to do a better job of protecting transgender students from harassment and discrimination in the classroom.

Tennessee state capitol in Nashville.
Tenn. GOP wants to protect clergy from officiating same-sex weddings in case 1st Amendment changes

Members of the House Republican Caucus are proposing legislation to protect ministers who choose not to perform a marriage that violates their religious beliefs.

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Utah man who claimed ‘Die fag’ was carved into his arm during hate crime, staged attacks

Authorities in rural Utah say a man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks.

"No gays allowed" sign at Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supply in Washburn, Tenn.
‘No gays allowed’ at Tennessee hardware store, they’re against the owner’s religion

A Tennessee hardware store owner is expressing his dissatisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage by displaying a "no gays allowed" sign at his business.

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Girl Scouts council returns $100,000 donation over anti‑transgender provision

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington says it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.

Kansas
All counties in Kansas now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Same-sex couples were able to obtain marriage licenses in all of Kansas' 105 counties Tuesday, but the state wasn't yet allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver's licenses or file joint income tax returns.

Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
Lawsuit filed against Bobby Jindal over anti-gay marriage religious objections order

A new lawsuit is challenging Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order that aims to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage.

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This image released by PBS shows transgender teen Ariel in a scene from "Growing Up Trans", from the "Frontline" series airing on PBS on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. “Growing Up Trans” explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever and their parents are now experiencing it.
PBS documentary ‘Growing Up Trans’ explores possibilities, unknowns facing transgender youth

"Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices.

Jessica Dent, right, puts a ring on Carolee Taylor during their wedding ceremony officiated by Paul Hard after getting a marriage license at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Montgomery, Ala.
In Alabama, some counties issue same-sex marriage licenses while others still refuse

Nearly one-third of Alabama counties on Monday were not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, or had shut down marriage license operations altogether, despite Friday's landmark U.S Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.

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Religious liberty is conservative’s rallying cry after same-sex marriage ruling

Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably the belief that gay

Michael Robinson, left, and Earl Benjamin, partners for almost 14 years, exchange vows before Judge Paula Brown in a ceremony at Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Monday, June 29, 2015, in New Orleans. Court clerks across the state of Louisiana received the go-ahead to issue same-sex marriage licenses Monday.
Louisiana begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Gay rights advocates said Louisiana had been the last state to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses when its clerks of court got the go-ahead Monday.

Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to reporters after returning to practice with the Canadian Football League team Monday, June 29, 2015, in Montreal. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, could not make the roster of the St. Louis Rams and signed with Montreal. He left the Alouettes for what he said were personal reasons, but returned to the team this week.
Michael Sam returns to Canada to restart football career with Montreal Alouettes

In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gaysame-sexmarriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career.

Texas plaintiffs Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes (center) celebrate on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Many Texas counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite AG’s opinion

Many county clerks across Texas have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite instructions from the state attorney general that they could refuse to do so if it violates their religious beliefs.

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Some Kentucky clerks object to same-sex marriage ruling, halt issuing licenses

A few court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

Mississippi
Mississippi AG advises counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

That news came Monday after state Attorney General Jim Hood sent a letter to county circuit clerks indicating they could go ahead and issue licenses.

Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas)
Texas AG: State workers can deny marriage licenses to same‑sex couples

Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

A reveler holds a gay pride flag during the gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Thousands paraded through the streets of Bogota and called for a law granting social security and matrimonial rights for gay couples.
High Colombian official urges courts to OK same-sex marriage

A top Cabinet minister on Sunday urged Colombia's courts to legalize same-sex marriage and support the right of such couples to adopt.

A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the Monument of the Soviet Army, during the Sofia Gay Pride Parade in Sofia, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Hundreds paraded through the Bulgarian capital of Sofia under rainbow-colored balloons and banners for that city's eighth Gay Pride march on Saturday.
U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling likely to have global impact

The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help advance their cause.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo officiates the wedding of David Turley and Peter Thiede in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Sunday, June 28, 2015.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo officiates gay couple’s wedding, his first

Cuomo made use of some newly granted powers to officiate at his first wedding, that of a same-sex couple who wed outside a Greenwich Village bar where police harassment of patrons sparked three days of riots in 1969.

James Obergefell, center, the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, waves during the Cincinnati Pride parade, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Cincinnati.
Lead plaintiff in same-sex marriage case gets hero’s welcome at Cincinnati pride

A Cincinnati native who was the lead plaintiff in the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has come back to his hometown to celebrate.

Jeb Bush
Supreme Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. Yet the response to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling was mild in comparison with the outrage that followed the court's decision Thursday to uphold President Barack Obama's health care law.

Turkish police use a water canon to disperse participants of an LGBT Pride event in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Between 100 and 200 protestors were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area.
Turkish police use water cannons to disperse participants at LGBT pride rally

Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas against LGBT pride marchers trying to rally in Istanbul's central square on Sunday, forcing the thousands of demonstrators to gather several blocks away.

The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.
Long struggle, quick endgame as marriage equality becomes law of the land

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a law stipulating that the federal government would not recognize marriages of same-sex couples. On Friday night, the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages in every state of the nation. For gay rights activists,

In this image taken from video provided by Sean-Franc Strang, a police officer has his gun drawn after shots were fired at a gay pride event in San Francisco, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Police say a bystander was shot at a gay pride event in San Francisco's Civic Center when an argument between several young men turned violent.
1 wounded in shooting at San Francisco LGBT pride event

Police say a bystander was shot at an LGBT pride event in San Francisco's Civic Center when an argument between several men turned violent, but the argument was not tied to the event.

This April 28, 2015, artist rendering shows Tennessee Associate Solicitor General Joseph Walen arguing before the Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage in Washington. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito Jr., and Elena Kagan. The Supreme Court’s four liberal justices have been in the majority in virtually all the year’s biggest cases.
Liberal justices prevail in this year’s high-profile U.S. Supreme Court cases

With a notable paucity of dissents and not a single word to say about same-sex marriage, health care or housing discrimination, the court's liberal justices prevailed in almost every important case in recent months.

In this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis. The couple was blocked from getting a license which prompted a lawsuit that was ultimately rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 in Baker v. Nelson. Four decades later, the couple is still together in Minneapolis as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 26, 2015 that marriage equality is a constitutional right.
‘Baker v. Nelson’ same-sex marriage pioneer hails U.S. Supreme Court ruling

A Minnesota man who fought for his own same-sex marriage more than 40 years ago is celebrating the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country.

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Republican White House hopefuls deride same-sex marriage ruling

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.

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Evan Wolfson: ‘I ALWAYS believed we would win, but I didn’t expect to cry.’

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday, that the Constitution guarantees gay people the freedom to marry, is a monumental and inspiring victory. America got it right. Love won. We all did. ... And now we must get back to work.

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Santorum denounces marriage ruling as Supreme Court decision dominates conservative gathering

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum denounced the landmark gay marriage ruling Friday in a fiery speech to about 4,000 conservatives gathered in Denver.

A couple arrives at the Travis County building to apply for a marriage license at after the US. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Q&A: Where Texas stands following Supreme Court marriage decision

Here's an update on how same-sex marriage is reverberating across Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to wed.

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington  on June 26, 2015, after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US. When Obama praised the Supreme Court’s watershed same-sex marriage ruling, he held it up as evidence that a "shift in hearts and minds is possible." Obama may well have been describing his own public trajectory on gay unions _ a complicated path that took him through opposition and ambivalence to enthusiastic embrace.
For Obama and Clinton, it’s been a long journey to ‘yes’ on marriage equality

"It has been an evolutionary process," said Fred Sainz of the HRC. But he said Obama now stands as one of the great champions of gay rights, up there with the likes of Harvey Milk. As for Clinton, he said, "she connects with gay people on a level that is

Emily Burke, left, and Lindsay Meeks react with hundreds of others gathered during a rally in Greenwich Village to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, Friday, June 26, 2015, in New York.
New Yorkers celebrate nationwide marriage ruling with pop-up parties, weddings

From pop-up parties to weddings, New Yorkers celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

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Tears and sniffles in courtroom as Kennedy reads ‘No union is more profound than marriage’

When Justice Anthony Kennedy took the bench Friday at the Supreme Court, some were thinking about his past decisions and other June 26ths.

Balloons spell out the word "love" over the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.
Q&A: What the Supreme Court’s same‑sex marriage ruling means

The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was finally settled Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.

The White House is illuminated in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, on Friday, June 26, 2015, in Washington.
White House lit in rainbow colors after Supreme Court marriage ruling

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian couples in Washington and across the nation are celebrating Friday's ruling, which will put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintain them.

President Barack Obama is seen talking on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2015, before speaking in the Rose Garden after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US. Obama placed a congratulatory phone call to James Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court fight, which he took amid a throng of reporters outside the courthouse.
Obama lauds high court ruling on same-sex marriage, calls to congratulate lead plaintiff

President Barack Obama, who himself has acknowledged an evolution over gay rights, said Friday that the Supreme Court's ruling giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide represents a day when justice "arrives like a thunderbolt."

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U.S. Supreme Court rules for nationwide marriage equality

Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the LGBT rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

George Harris, left, 82, walks out of the Dallas County Clerks office showing his marriage license as his husband Jack Evans, holding roses, 85, follows behind Friday, June 26, 2015, in Dallas. Harris and Evans were the first same sex couple to be married in Dallas after receiving their license. The couple have been together 54 years.
Same-sex couples begin obtaining marriage licenses in Texas

Two men in their 80s got the first same-sex marriage license Friday in Dallas, some gay couples elsewhere were denied and Gov. Greg Abbott, dismayed by the Supreme Court's ruling, ordered state agencies to respect religious objectors.

Jayne Rowse, left, and her partner April DeBoer celebrate in Ann Arbor, Mich., following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down bans on same sex marriage nationwide Friday, June 26, 2015. A judge who overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage says he's willing to officiate at the marriage of the two Detroit-area nurses at the center of the groundbreaking case.
Same-sex marriage ruling leads to immediate vows in Michigan

Many Michigan gay couples quickly married Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in a case involving two Detroit-area nurses who said they were elated "that this day has finally come."

Shawn Brown, left, and Christian Marasko hold hands as they are married during a mass wedding at the Fulton County Government Center Friday, June 26, 2015, in Atlanta.
Georgia: Metro Atlanta court begins marrying same-sex couples

A court in Atlanta started marrying gay couples Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage.

From left, Angela Boyle and Luara Zinszer take a photograph after they received their marriage license after the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Recorder of Deeds office at the Boone County Government Center in Columbia, Mo. Zinszer and Boyle are Boone County's first same-sex couple to receive their marriage license. Missouri was one of the states affected by Friday's ruling.
Missouri moves swiftly to begin same-sex marriages statewide

Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage - upending Missouri's constitutional ban on the practice - same-sex couples in the state applied and were granted marriage licenses.

Sophy Jesty, left, and Valeria Tanco, who were plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that guarantees a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, address the media at University of Tennessee College of Law Friday, June 26, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Same-sex couples wed as marriages get underway in Tennessee

Same-sex couples across the state of Tennessee were going to county clerks' offices to get marriage licenses on what many were calling "day one."

Christopher Brown, left, and Tom Fennell hug after getting their marriage license at the Douglas County County Clerk's office in Omaha, Neb., Friday, June 26, 2015. Gay couples in Nebraska will now have their marriages legally recognized now that the U.S. Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
Nebraska’s strict same-sex marriage ban falls with Supreme Court ruling

Gay couples in Nebraska are now able to marry and have their marriages legally recognized in the state that has had one of the most restrictive same-sex marriage bans in the country.

Benjamin Moore, left, and Tadd Roberts kiss after their marriage ceremony at the Jefferson County Clerks Office Friday, June 26, 2015, in Louisville, Ky.
Marriage licenses issued in Kentucky to same-sex couples

Timothy Love was at the head of the line Friday with his same-sex partner of 35 years to obtain the marriage license he fought for in the courts.

Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn, right, reads an order by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood that puts a hold on circuit clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, including Knol Aust, partner Duane Smith, both of Jackson, Miss., and Tiffany Brosh, second from right and her partner Laurin Locke, Friday, June 26, at the Hinds County Court House in Jackson, Miss.
Lawyers seek to remove hold on same-sex marriage in Mississippi

Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, says a federal appeals court in New Orleans must first lift a hold on a same-se marriage court case from Mississippi. He said he doesn't know how long that could take.

Kate Widmer, left, and Rebecca Thompson cheer during a local celebration in honor of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states on Friday, June 26, 2015, in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D.
Across South Dakota, county officials begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

"I'm honored to be a part of this moment," said Misty Collins, a 37-year-old Rapid City woman who married Melissa Eidson on Friday after becoming one of the first same-sex couples in the state to receive a marriage license.

Deputy Clerk Bettina Boughter, left, issues a marriage license to Tony Chiaro, center, and Earnie Matheson, right, at the Pulaski County Court House in Little Rock, Ark. Friday, June 26, 2015, following a ruling by the US Supreme Court that struck down bans on same sex marriage nation wide.
Arkansas same-sex marriages resume after Supreme Court decision

The judge who struck down Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban last year presided over one of its first same-sex weddings Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such bans are unconstitutional.

Mindy Ross, left, and Jimmie Beall celebrate at the counter after putting down their money to receive a marriage license in Probate Court on June 26, 2015 in Columbus.
Same-sex marriages get underway in Ohio, home of lead Supreme Court plaintiff

Same-sex marriages began Friday across Ohio within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that rejected the state's 2004 ban and allowed such unions anywhere in the country.

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Louisiana officials delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Louisiana's attorney general says it is not necessary for court officials to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday.

Newlyweds Jessica Dent, left, and Carolee Taylor leave a court building in Montgomery, Ala., with their wedding license on Friday, June 26, 2015. The two women were among the first same-sex couples to wed in Alabama after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay people can marry anywhere.
Alabama resumes issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but not everywhere

Some Alabama counties have started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, center, speaks at a news conference outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 26, 2015, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide.
San Francisco, city at the vanguard of the gay rights fight, celebrates marriage ruling

Workers draped a giant, one-story-long rainbow flag over the front door of City Hall minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide on Friday morning.

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Texas governor dismisses Supreme Court ruling, demands state agencies preserve religious liberties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a directive to all state agencies demanding they preserve Texans' religious liberties after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

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Puerto Rico amends laws after Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, Puerto Rico's governor signed an executive order requiring government agencies to become compliant with the ruling within 15 days.

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North Dakota governor: State will abide by Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

Some gay couples wasted no time pursuing marriage licenses in North Dakota on Friday, just hours after the Supreme Court decreed that same-sex marriage is a nationwide right.

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Scott Walker calls Supreme Court marriage decision a ‘grave mistake’

Walker said in a statement Friday that the states should have the right to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage. He also says the Constitution should be amended to include a definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.