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Same-sex marriage legal challenges: Where things stand, state-by-state

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
Pennsylvania
State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them. Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and...

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Study: HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in U.S. over past decade

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
HIV
NEW YORK -- The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S. "It's encouraging," said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study...

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Vikings suspend Priefer for 3 games in response to anti-gay remarks

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Minnesota-Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay slurs and taunts made by Priefer. The Vikings released Friday a summary of the...

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Oklahoma plaintiffs praise same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Oklahoma plaintiffs Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop leave court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014.
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma couple that challenged a state ban on same-sex marriage is praising a federal court ruling striking down the ban. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver handed down the decision Friday in favor of Tulsans Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin. The two expressed gratitude for the ruling that they say affirms that all people are...

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‘Refrocking’ of Methodist minister who officiated gay son’s wedding appealed

| Friday, July 18, 2014
United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer smiles after a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA -- A Methodist minister ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday that a church official is appealing his refrocking. The Rev. Frank Schaefer said he is disappointed to learn of the appeal, but not surprised. Schaefer is moving to a California diocese this week after his decision to officiate at his son's 2007 ...

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U.S. Supreme Court delays benefits for Utah same-sex couples

| Friday, July 18, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued the order Friday afternoon, saying the stay will remain in place pending the outcome of the appeal to the ...

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Colo. Supreme Court orders Denver to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, July 18, 2014
The Colorado Supreme Court in Denver.
DENVER -- Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered Denver's clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while while the state's ban against the unions remains in place. The two-page ruling noted that a judge who earlier this month ruled the ban was unconstitutional stayed his decision pending appeal, meaning the prohibition remains active.

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Obama to sign LGBT anti-discrimination orders without new religious exemption

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama's action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling ...

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An amazing mom and the story of her 6-year-old transgender daughter

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Debi-Jackson
The video of a Kansas City mother who shared the story of her transgender daughter is gaining international visibility -- translation, it's gone viral. Debi Jackson spoke recently at the Listen to your Mother show, a live traveling event prior to Mother’s Day where women tell five minute stories about motherhood...

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Fallin: Marriage ruling an example of federal courts trampling on states’ rights

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage is an example of federal courts trampling on the rights of states to govern themselves. Fallin issued a statement Friday after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down Oklahoma's constitutional ...

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