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Federal judge who upheld Louisiana same-sex marriage ban rescinds order

Thursday, July 2, 2015
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
A federal judge in Louisiana, who last year became the first to uphold a state's same-sex marriage ban after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, has "recalled and rescinded" his ...

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‘Our darkest hour:’ The worst reactions to marriage equality

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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Same-sex couples are getting married, and somehow the world has not yet ended. But some politicians seem to think that we're just moments away from the collapse of civilization. Here are some of the dumbest -- and most dangerous -- ...

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Under new leadership, New York St. Patrick’s Day parade to add second gay group

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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After ending a long and controversial ban on gay groups this year, the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade has new leadership and plans to add another gay contingent to its ranks, organizers said Wednesday. ...

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Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide?

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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More than 26 million Facebook profile photos have taken on a rainbow hue in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a right guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of a person's sexual orientation. ...

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Mormon church donates to Utah LGBT community center

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Utah-based Mormon church has given its first-ever charitable donation to an LGBT community center in Salt Lake City. ...

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Fifth Circuit appeals court instructs federal judges to issue same-sex marriage rulings

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The order clears one of the final procedural roadblocks in the cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, which had been pending before the New Orleans-based court. The 5th Circuit had heard arguments in the appeals, but hadn't ruled. ...

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Episcopalians vote to allow same-sex wedding ceremonies in churches

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington D.C., known by the more familiar name of Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church.
Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop. ...

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Several Missouri counties still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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Some Missouri counties still won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week's Supreme Court ruling, prompting an advocacy group to threaten legal action Wednesday to force compliance. ...

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North Dakota lawmaker defends homophobic Facebook post on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Dwight Kiefert
A North Dakota Republican state lawmaker is defending a Facebook post in which he called the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a victory for the mentally ill. ...

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Federal judge orders Alabama counties to comply with same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade
U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued an order Wednesday updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Alabama. ...

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