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Idaho couples ask U.S. Supreme Court to lift stay, allow same-sex marriages

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban, the attorneys and plaintiffs in Idaho's case gathered for a news conference in front of the James A McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. In front are attorneys Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham, and from left to right behind them are three of the four couples in the case: Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Sharene and Lori Watsen and Rachael and Amber Beierle.
BOISE, Idaho -- Four Idaho couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to begin in accordance with a lower court's ruling earlier this week. Attorneys for the couples filed the opposition to an emergency stay with the high court Wednesday afternoon.

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Judge orders Kansas county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Kansas
OLATHE, Kan. -- A judge in Kansas' most populous county ordered it Wednesday to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following actions earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson County Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty said his order was meant to avoid confusion about the legal climate surrounding same-sex marriages...

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Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban likely to fall in wake of 9th Circuit ruling

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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PHOENIX -- The federal appeals court overseeing Arizona overturned gay marriage bans in two other states Tuesday in a decision that means same-sex marriage is virtually certain to be declared legal in Arizona soon. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada on constitutional grounds...

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Lambda Legal joins appeal of Louisiana marriage ruling to 5th Circuit

| Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Lambda Legal said Tuesday it is joining the legal team representing seven Louisiana same-sex couples and the Forum for Equality Louisiana, the state’s LGBT rights organization, in their appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of last month’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s gay marriage ban.

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Ninth Circuit strikes down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada

| Tuesday, October 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada, saying bans on the practice in those states violate same-sex couples' equal protection rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said in its ruling that laws that treat people differently based on sexual orientation are unconstitutional ...

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Ted Cruz is furious, wants federal ban to undo all same-sex marriages

| Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Ted Cruz
WASHINGTON – Lost in Monday's dramatic progress for marriage equality was an equally dramatic rage spasm by Texas Senator and conservative heavy-hitter Ted Cruz, reports the Human Rights Campaign. After the Supreme Court announced Monday that it would not hear any of the pending marriage equality cases...

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7th Circuit lifts stays, ending Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage bans

| Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Tony Larsen, 65, pastor at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, left, and partner Craig Matheus, 62, verify their vital information with Joanne Smith, deputy clerk as they apply for a marriage license on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in the County Clerk's office inside the Racine County Courthouse in Racine, Wis. The Racine County Clerk's office began taking applications for marriage licenses at about noon Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a lower court ruling.
CHICAGO -- The federal appeals court in Chicago has issued mandates, formally ending the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued an order lifting a stay that was in place while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to hear appeals from Indiana, Wisconsin, and three other...

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Pennsylvania state legislature advances LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Legislation to expand Pennsylvania's hate crimes law to include sexual orientation and gender identity advanced in the state legislature on Monday. In a bipartisan vote, the House Judiciary Committee approved the measure 19-4 following a renewed push Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), the bill's sponsor, in the wake of a brutal attack ...

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N.C. same-sex marriage advocates seek immediate ruling to overturn ban

| Monday, October 6, 2014
North-Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Same-sex marriage advocates in North Carolina say they will ask a federal judge to quickly strike down the state's ban following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear appeals of the issue. American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina legal director Chris Brook said the group will file a request Monday seeking an immediate ...

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NOM vows to ‘devote all our energy and resources’ to fight same-sex marriage

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks during a rally for the opponents of gay marriage at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 28, 2014.. Faced with a losing streak, some longtime opponents of gay marriage now say that its nationwide legalization via a Supreme Court ruling is inevitable. Others refuse to concede, and some leaders of that cohort will be rallying on Thursday, June 19, at a March for Marriage in Washington.`
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, reacts to Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not hear appeals in same-sex marriage cases from five states.

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