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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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Scotland’s marriage equality law to come into effect on New Year’s Eve

| Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Scotland
Same-sex couples in Scotland will be able to plan New Year's Eve weddings, the date the country's marriage equality law comes into effect. Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry beginning December 31, and couples in an existing civil partnership will also be able to change their relationship to a...

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