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GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights ahead of Supreme Court marriage ruling

Saturday, January 24, 2015
In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Michael O'Hara, a retired Fulton County firefighter and current Coweta County paramedic attends a rally to support former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran following his termination in Atlanta. Even as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide whether gay couples can marry, lawmakers in the South and West are doubling down on the culture wars, backing longshot legislation targeting gay rights.
Lawmakers in a handful of states are backing long shot legislation targeting gay rights. Most, if not all, of the efforts are led by Republicans. [...]

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Ala. AG seeks to stay order to block same-sex marriages until Supreme Court rules

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state. [...]

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California bars judges from joining Boy Scouts due to anti-gay discrimination

Saturday, January 24, 2015
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California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. [...]

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Mich. governor hopes to revive legislation prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to resuscitate legislation that would protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination, while LGBT advocates explore asking voters to pass the bill since it's unlikely to clear the GOP-led Legislature. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Alabama same‑sex marriage ban

Friday, January 23, 2015
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Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling is the latest in a string of wins for advocates of marriage rights. [...]

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Nebraska wants lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban put on hold

Friday, January 23, 2015
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The Nebraska Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to put a federal lawsuit challenging Nebraska's gay marriage ban on hold pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

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Arkansas AG asks for new arguments in same-sex marriage case

Friday, January 23, 2015
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R-Ark.)
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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Va. Senate panel rejects second parent adoptions for unmarried, same-sex couples

Friday, January 23, 2015
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A proposal to allow adoption by the partners of unmarried same-sex parents was rejected Friday by a Virginia Senate committee. [...]

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Gay twins whose coming out video went viral, appear with dad on Ellen

Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Popular YouTube vloggers, twins Austin and Aaron Rhodes (The Rhodes Bros.), whose emotional video of them coming out to their father has been viewed nearly 15 million times, were guests this week on the Ellen DeGeneres show. [...]

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Dispute over Bible cake with gay slurs raises charge of religious discrimination

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Bakery owner Marjorie Silva stands for a photo inside her own Azucar Bakery, in Denver. Silva is facing a discrimination complaint with Colorado’s Civil Rights Division because she refused to write hateful words about gays on a cake for a customer.
A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married same-sex couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements? [...]

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