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Ala. couple asks judge to skip trial, rule on same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and their 8-year-old son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
MOBILE, Ala. — Two women challenging Alabama’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages are asking a judge to decide the case without holding a trial. Attorneys for Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand of Mobile filed the request in federal court in Mobile. They have one of three federal lawsuits challenging Alabama’s ban.

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Alabama appeals court rules state’s sodomy law unconstitutional

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama appeals court on Friday ruled that the state's ban on consensual oral and anal sex, aimed at criminalizing homosexual conduct, is unconstitutional. The appeals courts said that a portion of Alabama's sexual misconduct statute -- which reads in part, "consent is no defense to a prosecution" -- was unconstitutional.

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Third federal lawsuit filed challenging Alabama same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
April and Ginger Aaron-Brush
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Alabama on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a same-sex couple from Birmingham who married in Massachusetts but their marriage is not recognized in their home state.

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Ala. group plans protest at SPLC office in defense of same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, May 9, 2014
Southern Poverty Law Center headquarters in Montgomery, Ala.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A Southern heritage group is defending Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. The Alabama-based League of the South is planning a protest for Friday morning in Montgomery outside the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is trying to overturn the ban.

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Ala. couple files federal lawsuit seeking marriage recognition

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand with their son Khaya.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Two Alabama women filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force the state to recognize their out-of-state marriage so they can both be legal parents to their 8-year-old son.

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Woman charged in murder of son’s partner after shooting him in the back

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama woman is charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son's long term partner in the back at a truck stop in McCalla, Ala., on Monday evening.

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Mother who opposed her deceased son’s same-sex marriage intervenes in lawsuit

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The mother of an accident victim is now involved in a federal lawsuit filed by his same-sex partner, who is trying to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Gay Ala. lawmaker angry over passage of anti-gay marriage resolution

| Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Patricia Todd
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama lawmaker has accused her colleagues of using deception to pass a resolution urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

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Complaint filed against retired Methodist bishop for presiding over gay wedding

| Friday, March 14, 2014
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop who performed a wedding ceremony for two Alabama men after they were refused permission to marry in the church now faces formal complaints over the ceremony.

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Judge: Married same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A judge ruled Wednesday that two women who were legally married in Iowa can't divorce in Alabama, which doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.

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