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Federal court rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Va. same-sex marriage ban

ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal court on Monday rejected a motion from the Staunton Circuit Court Clerk seeking to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Fla. teen convicted of having sex with underage girlfriend released from jail

Kaitlyn HUnt
VERO BEACH, Fla. — A Florida teen convicted of having sex with her underage girlfriend has been released from jail after completing her sentence. ...

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‘Glee’ star Dot-Marie Jones marries longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen

Invision/APDot-Marie Jones (right) and Bridgett Casteen at the
2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15, 2013.
LOS ANGELES -- "Glee" star Dot-Marie Jones married her longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen on Saturday, reports People magazine. ...

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Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for emergency stay on marriage ruling

The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has rejected a request by Utah state officials for an "emergency" stay on Friday's federal court ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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GOP committee member blames ‘LGBT Gestapo’ for Duck Dynasty controversy

Dave Agema
A former Michigan lawmaker and current member of the Republican National Committee, who last week said that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS, is weighing in on the “Duck Dynasty” controversy, blaming the “LGBT Gestapo speech ...

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Salt Lake County clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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Just hours after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, a Salt Lake County Clerk issued what may be the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Utah. ...

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N.M. county clerk, deputy resign to avoid issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Donna Carpenter
PORTALES, N.M. -- Two New Mexico officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses resigned their position on Friday, just one day after the state Supreme Court ordered all 33 county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. ...

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Navajo Nation official: N.M. court ruling has no effect on tribe’s gay marriage ban

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FARMINGTON, N.M. — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe's own law prohibiting same-sex marriage isn't affected by the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New Mexico. ...

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Pa. pastor appeals defrocking over officiating gay son’s wedding

Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer at a a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. United Methodist church officials have defrocked Schaefer, who officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.
PHILADELPHIA -- A United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding has appealed the decision, a move that offered the latest evidence of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination and came as yet another ...

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ACLU files second lawsuit after Fla. school again blocks gay-straight alliance

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OCALA, Fla. — The ACLU on Thursday sued a central Florida school district for the second time this year, claiming it is once again refusing to approve a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at a middle school. ...

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