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Teen who set agender victim on fire will serve 7 years under plea agreement

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sasha Fleischman
OAKLAND, Calif. — A California teen accused of setting fire last year to an agender individual who was sleeping on an Oakland city bus, has entered a plea of no contest to felony charges. Richard Thomas, 17, faces a sentence of up to seven years in prison after a plea agreement was reached Thursday in which he admitted to a charge of ...

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Elvis, other Las Vegas wedding chapels refuse to marry same-sex couples

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Nevada, a number of Las Vegas wedding chapels are refusing to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples, despite a state public accommodations law that prohibits them from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

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Kansas governor headlines anti-gay marriage rally in Wichita

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Saturday headlined a rally in Wichita that brought out dozens of speakers, all of whom oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in Kansas. More than one hundred people gathered in the parking lot of a local church. Organizers said the rally was “a standing for the American family and traditional...

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‘Christian’ family takes homophobia on the road to protest same-sex marriage

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
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MERIDIAN, Idaho -- An Idaho couple says they're taking a stand against same-sex marriage and the "homosexual extremist movement," because homosexuality "spreads like a cancer." Justin and Melanie Sease of Meridian, Idaho stayed far away from the celebrations this week when same-sex couples began marrying in their home state, but ...

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Arizona governor Jan Brewer: Same-sex marriage ruling ‘deeply troubling’

| Friday, October 17, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
PHOENIX -- Arizona governor Jan Brewer on Friday said in a statement that federal courts have thwarted the will of voters and eroded the state’s power to regulate laws. Same-sex marriage become legal in Arizona after the state’s conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn’t challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for ...

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North Carolina high school cancels play because it includes a gay romance

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
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MAIDEN, N.C. -- A North Carolina high school has cancelled a school play following complaints by some parents and area churches because the play includes a same-sex couple. Students at Maiden High School claimed they had already begun rehearsing for the play “Almost, Maine” when the principal decided to cancel the performance,

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Alaska officials ask U.S. Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
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The state of Alaska is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay of a District Court's ruling earlier this week striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day 2014

| Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Millions of LGBT people and their allies will dress in purple on Thursday — both in person and online — to mark the fifth annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. Now observed annually, millions of individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities are expected...

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Groups file federal lawsuit to force South Carolina to allow same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Colleen Condon, left, and her partner Nichols Bleckley appear at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, shortly after filing a federal lawsuit seeking the right to marry in South Carolina.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina Equality and Lambda Legal on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court arguing that South Carolina is obligated to allow same-sex couples to marry, consistent with a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban

| Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Lambda Legal on Wednesday urged a federal court judge in Phoenix to issue an immediate ruling striking down Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage. The filing follows last Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, which came just a day after the announcement...

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