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DOMA attorney to lead federal challenge to Mississippi same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, October 20, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. The challenge was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson on behalf of two same-sex couples and the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE).

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Wedding chapel files lawsuit claiming non-discrimination ordinance is unconstitutional

| Monday, October 20, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- An Idaho wedding chapel has filed a lawsuit against the City of Coeur d’Alene, claiming the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages.

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Ginsburg: ‘No crying need’ for the Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

| Monday, October 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
NEW YORK -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday said there was "no need" for the high court to intervene on the issue of same-sex marriage. In an interview with NPR's Nina Totenburg at the famed 92nd Street Y in New York City, Ginsburg said the court declined to hear seven appeals challenging the marriage bans ...

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Poll: Most Americans support Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

VIA: ABC News | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Most Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support the recent U.S. Supreme Court action allowing gay marriages to go forward in several states – including a bare majority in the 11 states in which such marriages have begun in the past week and a half. Overall, 56 percent of Americans support the court’s action, while 38 percent...

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Path to financial stability, long-term care for aging LGBT individuals starts now

| Sunday, October 19, 2014
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The lack of clarity on what the future may hold is compounded by the fact that unlike their heterosexual peers, LGBT seniors often lack traditional family support systems, which heightens their need to create long-term plans for their future… Most of these individuals will derive no benefit from the new marriage equality rules, as many do not have a legal spouse present to execute their end-of-life plans....

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Teen who set agender victim on fire will serve 7 years under plea agreement

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sasha Fleischman
OAKLAND, Calif. — A California teen accused of setting fire last year to an agender individual who was sleeping on an Oakland city bus, has entered a plea of no contest to felony charges. Richard Thomas, 17, faces a sentence of up to seven years in prison after a plea agreement was reached Thursday in which he admitted to a charge of ...

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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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