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Fla. Supreme Court asked to rule on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional. A majority of judges with the state's 2nd District of Appeal on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to "great public importance." The ruling is connected to a divorce case involving a same-sex couple ...

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Sally Kern’s husband loses runoff election for seat in Okla. state Senate

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Steve Kern
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A pastor whose legislator wife has made incendiary comments about minorities and gays has lost a runoff election for a seat in the Oklahoma state Senate. Anesthesiologist Ervin Yen defeated Steve Kern in a runoff election for the Republican nomination to the District 40 Senate seat in Oklahoma City. Yen faces Democrat John Handy Edwards in the...

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Fla. Democratic AG nominee promises distinction from Bondi on gay marriage

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
George Sheldon
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- George Sheldon, a one-time top official in the Obama administration, easily defeated state Rep. Perry Thurston on Tuesday in the Democratic primary for attorney general. Sheldon moves on to the November ballot, where he will challenge Republican incumbent Pam Bondi and Libertarian candidate Bill Wohlsifer.

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N.C. governor asked not to defend same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Same-sex couples and their families who want Gov. Pat McCrory to keep out of pending litigation challenging North Carolina's gay marriage ban are bringing names of their allies to his offices.

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Crist seeks nomination as Democrat after lifetime in GOP

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
A campaign supporter displays a sign as former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist makes a campaign stop Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in North Miami, Fla., as Crist tries to get his old job back as a Democrat.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.

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Wisconsin, Indiana set to defend same-sex marriage bans

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Supporters of gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana attend a rally at the federal plaza Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday on gay marriage fights from Indiana and Wisconsin, setting the stage for one ruling.
CHICAGO -- The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago as attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana sought to reinstate bans on gay weddings ruled unconstitutional two months earlier. The outcome of the case also could directly affect hundreds of couples who were married in June after federal judges overturned the bans but ...

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Wis. rally gives marriage plaintiffs send-off for appeals court hearing

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Brandon Herr, right, and Matt Antonczyk blow bubbles at a rally Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 in Milwaukee as gay couples and their supporters board a bus for a trip to Chicago for a key hearing in the fight against same-sex marriage bans. On Tuesday the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear oral arguments in a combined appeal from Wisconsin and Indiana where same-sex marriage were ruled unconstitutional in June.
MILWAUKEE -- Supporters blew bubbles and held up signs in support of same-sex marriage Monday as same-sex couples boarded a bus for Chicago to listen to oral arguments before a federal appeals court. The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments for Tuesday in the state's appeal of a federal judge's June decision overturning Wisconsin's ban ...

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Nation’s oldest gay bookstore to reopen in Philadelphia

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Shown is a historical marker outside of Ed Hermance's Giovanni's Room, the nation's oldest gay bookstore on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA -- The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it's taking over the shop called Giovanni's Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already operates a secondhand store whose proceeds ...

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Marriage equality supporters rally in Ind. ahead of appeals court hearing

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Henry Greene, left, is joined by his husband Glenn Funkhouser, right, and their son Casey Greene as he spoke at a rally for gay couples in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 that are part of a court hearing on the challenge to Indiana's same-sex marriage ban. Nearly 100 supporters gathered at the City Market in downtown Indianapolis to see off some of the plaintiffs as they left to attend legal arguments before a federal appeals court on Tuesday.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gay couples heading to Chicago to challenge Indiana's same-sex marriage ban told supporters Monday that they believe they are on the right side of history. Nearly 100 supporters at a rally sponsored by Hoosiers Unite for Marriage gathered at the City Market in downtown Indianapolis to wave off the four couples as they left to attend legal arguments before...

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Ind. governor struggles to find footing on one key issue: marriage equality

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- For someone who built his name as a stalwart of social and religious conservatism during a dozen years in Washington, Gov. Mike Pence has struggled to find his footing on one key issue: same-sex marriage. Earlier this summer, he made a surprising request to be removed as a party in a gay marriage lawsuit, with the argument that he could not enforce...

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