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Utah asks federal judge to let state court determine marriage benefits for gays

The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General's Office is asking a federal court to allow the Utah Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex couples who married in the state should receive legal benefits associated with marriage. ...

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Japan’s First Lady joins thousands marching in Tokyo LGBT pride parade

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TOKYO -- Thousands gathered in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya business and shopping district for LGBT Pride on Sunday. ...

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Maine GOP didn’t get the message that voters legalized same-sex marriage

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BANGOR – Maine Republicans kicked off their convention on Friday by adopting a new platform that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, despite the fact that the state’s voters have already decided the issue. ...

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Judge denies motion by anti-gay group to intervene in Fla. marriage challenge

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge has rejected a motion by an anti-gay group which sought to intervene in two lawsuits challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Appeals court stays ruling that Tenn. recognize marriages of three gay couples

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A federal appeals court has issued a stay in a district court's ruling that the state of Tennessee must recognize the legal out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples . ...

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Texas appeals court blocks ruling in same-sex couple’s divorce case

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A Texas state appeals court has halted divorce and child custody proceedings for two San Antonio women who were legally married out of state. ...

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Georgian parliament advances LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill

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TBILISI -- The Georgian parliament has passed a measure that seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. ...

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School review committee votes against censoring book ‘Two Boys Kissing’

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WARRENTON, Va. — A Virginia high school review committee has voted not to censor a contested book from the school's library that depicts two boys kissing on its cover. ...

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Baby dies in teen’s custody after taken from lesbian couple days before adoption

Rachel and Heidi McFarland with baby Gabriel.
ANKENY, Iowa -- A teenage father is charged with neglect in connection with the death of a 4-month-old boy after the infant was taken from a lesbian couple who were just days away from finalizing his adoption. ...

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Louisville, Ky., rejects city pool expenses for Boy Scouts due to anti-gay policy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- City officials in Louisville, Ky., have told the town council they can not approve expenses to keep a city pool open late for local Boy Scouts because the organization's ban on gay scout leaders violates the city's ...
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