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Plaintiffs refute Texas AG’s claim that same-sex marriage is bad for kids

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN, Texas — Lawyers for two same-sex couples challenging Texas’ same-sex marriage ban are refuting state claims the prohibition promotes raising children in “stable, lasting relationships,” arguing in an appeals brief Tuesday that it serves no legitimate state interest. The 88-page filing with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the ban denies gay...

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Lily Tomlin to be first out lesbian recipient of Kennedy Center Honors

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin will be one of five recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts. Tomlin, 75, said she was astounded to learn she will receive the honors. The Detroit native originally went to college to study medicine.

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Group erects ‘God Loves Gays’ billboard in ‘God Hates Fags’ hometown

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The first "God Loves Gays" billboard was erected earlier this month in Topeka, Kan,, home of the Westboro Baptist Church.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Organizers behind the website "God Loves Gay People" and the Facebook page "The Facebook God," have erected a billboard Topeka, Kan. -- home to the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church -- proclaiming that "God Loves Gays." The billboard, located about 3 miles southeast of the Westboro Baptist Church compound, is the product of ...

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Live streaming: Same-sex marriage cases argued before the Ninth Circuit

| Monday, September 8, 2014
The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Live coverage of today's oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit in same-sex marriage cases from Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada can be viewed here:

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Judge Posner’s gay marriage opinion is a witty, deeply moral masterpiece

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Judge Richard Posner
Mark Joseph Stern at Slate, on U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner’s scathing rebuke of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin: "In his opinion, Posner does not sound like a man aiming to have his words etched in the history books or praised by future generations. Rather, he sounds like a man who has listened to all the arguments against gay marriage...

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Shreveport Times: Same-sex marriage ruling disappointing

| Monday, September 8, 2014
Louisiana
The Shreveport Times opines last week’s ruling by a federal judge upholding Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage ... U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman claimed that there are no fundamental rights at stake, even though the Supreme Court of the United States has determined that marriage is a fundamental right in more than a dozen cases.

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Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy dead at 93

| Monday, September 8, 2014
S. Truett Cathy, seen here on Dec. 31, 2012.
ATLANTA -- S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on same-sex marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93. Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin told The Associated Press ...

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Former PlanetOut CEO, Google exec to be U.S. Chief Technology Officer

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
Megan Smith
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has named Megan Smith, a Google executive and former CEO of the online LGBT community site PlanetOut, as chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Smith, who is openly gay, will “lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s ...

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Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii same-sex marriage cases go before appeals court

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Monday is set to consider same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments Monday on whether such bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada. Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage in December so that appeal may be dismissed. The appeals court...

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Plaintiffs file appeal notices of Louisiana same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, September 5, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS -- Marriage equality supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Thursday and Friday in their challenge of the ban.

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