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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita marry in New York

| Sunday, July 21, 2013
Jordan Strauss, Invision/APJustin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
NEW YORK -- "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson married his partner, attorney Justin Mikita in New York City on Saturday.

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Va. couple files federal lawsuit challenging state’s ban on gay marriage

| Saturday, July 20, 2013
Tony London (left) and Timothy Bostic
NORFOLK, Va. -- A Virginia couple on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Ohio couple challenges state law denying same-sex marriage

| Saturday, July 20, 2013
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur (right) marry on a medically equipped jet on the tarmac at Baltimore-Washington Airport in Gen Burnie, Md., on July 11. Arthur's aunt, Paulette Roberts (center) officiated the wedding.
CINCINNATI -- Two Ohio men have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ohio violates the U.S Constitution by denying legal recognition to same-sex couples married in states where gay marriage is legal.

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Philadelphia man accused of murder, dumping body of transgender lover

| Friday, July 19, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia man is in custody on Friday after he allegedly murdered his transgender lover and then dumped her body parts in a vacant lot.

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Va. county supervisor, anti-gay hate group leader censured by colleagues

| Friday, July 19, 2013
Eugene Delgaudio
LEESBURG, Va. -- Loudoun County, Va., Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling, Va.), leader of the anti-gay hate group Public Advocate of the United States, has been formally censured by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in the wake of a grand jury report that suggested he misused county funds and his staff.

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Federal judge recuses from Ark. gay marriage challenge

| Friday, July 19, 2013
U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge is recusing from a case challenging Arkansas' ban on gay marriage, citing friendships with supporters of the amendment that voters approved banning same-sex unions.

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Satanists perform gay ritual at grave site of Westboro Baptist founder’s mother

| Thursday, July 18, 2013
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MERIDIAN, Miss. -- A group of self-described Satanists say they’ve given the controversial, anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church a taste of its own medicine by performing a same-sex ritual at the grave site of the mother of the church’s founder. [caption id="attachment_103884" align="alignleft" width="665"] Satanist Temple[/caption]...

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House GOP leadership abandons DOMA defense in ongoing cases

| Thursday, July 18, 2013
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
WASHINGTON -- After spending more than $3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Republican leadership in the U.S. House said Thursday they are withdrawing their legal defense of the law that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

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For Carlos Vigil, whose fate could have been my own… Rest in peace, my friend

| Thursday, July 18, 2013
Carlos Vigil
Initially I could not understand why Carlos Vigil's story had elicited such a strong emotional response from me. Perhaps it was our shared interest in government and public policy? Maybe it was the clear articulation of his frame of mind that day through a posting I had read on his Twitter account? Or perhaps it was my empathy for his family and what they must be going through during this harrowing moment in their lives? As I pondered these questions I quickly came to the realization that selfishly, my feelings had little to do with Carlos or his family. It was because of me...

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Gay rights activists arrested after Calif. city rescinds pride month proclamation

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- Three gay rights activists are facing charges Wednesday morning after protesting a city council vote to reject a proclamation passed by the mayor last month that declared June as LGBT Pride month in Porterville.

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