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AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Okla. gay marriage ban

The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold a ruling by a federal judge that threw out Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. Following is the audio recording of today's hearing > ...

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Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling. ...

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Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

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URBANA, Ill. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy. ...

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Nearly 3,000 gay couples say ‘I do’ in N.J. in first 6 months of marriage equality

Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
Through the end of March, a total of 2,955 same-sex couples have wed in New Jersey since Oct. 21, when marriage equality began under the orders of a state judge, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger. ...

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Same-sex marriage has second appellate court hearing

Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop are the plaintiffs who successfully challenged Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom. ...

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Hundreds of Mo. businesses voice support for statewide LGBT protections

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri ...

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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

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A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. ...

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Thousands rally at UMass to support LGBT community, counter WBC protest

Members of the LGBT community and allies organize in a peaceful rally and march at the UMass campus on April 16, 2014.
AMHERST, Mass. -- An estimated 2,000 people rallied at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday in support of the LGBTQ community, and UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay male athlete in NCAA Division 1 sports. ...

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Chicago man receives email from Sprint addressing him as ‘gay sissyboy’

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago man says he received an email from mobile phone carrier Sprint addressing him as a "gay sissyboy" after calling the carrier's customer service line. ...

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Woman charged in murder of son’s partner after shooting him in the back

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama woman is charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son's long term partner in the back at a truck stop in McCalla, Ala., on Monday evening. ...

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