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Marriage News Watch: Sixth Circuit recap, 3 states head to Supreme Court

| Monday, August 11, 2014
Gay marriage supporters march from the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, rear, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, to Fountain Square in Cincinnati.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week's hearings in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the challenges to four states' same-sex marriage bans, while appeals from three other states land at the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, Wisconsin organizers have formed a new group called ...

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Nepal’s LGBT community parades for same-sex marriage

| Monday, August 11, 2014
A participant poses as hundreds of Nepal's LGBT citizens parade through the streets during Gaijatra festival in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The Hindu festival to remember the dead is gleefully overtaken each year by the country's gay community in this socially conservative Hindu-majority nation.
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Hundreds of Nepal's LGBT citizens are parading through Nepal's capital to celebrate Gaijatra, a Hindu festival gleefully overtaken each year by the country's gay community and cheered by onlookers. Thousands of Nepalese lined the cobblestoned streets of Katmandu's old city Monday to catch a glimpse of those parading, some carrying banners...

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Challenge to Mo. same-sex marriage ban heads to trial

| Monday, August 11, 2014
Missouri
ST. LOUIS -- A legal challenge to Missouri's same-sex marriage ban returns to court in St. Louis. The city issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples in June, setting up a court fight in a state where gay marriage is banned under a 2004 amendment to the Missouri Constitution.

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Participating in Dyke March as a child gives lesbian confidence later in life

| Sunday, August 10, 2014
Kayleigh-Anne-Salstrand
Do you remember your first Pride event? Kayleigh certainly does, along with the impact that participating in Dyke March with her family had on her life. Young Kayleigh took a trip to San Francisco with her extended family. Kayleigh describes this particular trip: "It happened to be Pride in San Francisco. We found ourselves in the route of Dyke March ...

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Brit beats back years of depression by finding gay friends and community

| Sunday, August 10, 2014
Tom-Wicker
What was your first impression of the gay community? For Tom Wicker of Lewes in East Sussex in the United Kingdom, it was illness, death, and filth. Tom recalls an advertisement he saw when he was just five years old: "It was of a stormy, volcanic landscape with lightning in the background and an enormous tombstone, which, I later learned, had the word "AIDS" ...

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Obama opens international Gay Games with surprise video message

| Sunday, August 10, 2014
Obama-Gay-Games
CLEVELAND -- President Barack Obama has helped kick off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies. Obama welcomed athletes, coaches, families and spectators from around the world to Ohio and the United States as the event began Saturday night. The president said the United States...

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Culture wars, gay rights movement transforms the politics of religious liberty

| Saturday, August 9, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals. The contested issues were narrow: a demand that plain, black Amish buggies carry bright safety triangles, for instance, or bans on hallucinogenic tea in a Native American ritual...

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Uganda LGBT community holds pride parade in Entebbe

| Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ugandans take part in the 3rd Annual LGBT Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
ENTEBBE, Uganda -- Members of Uganda's LGBT community and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and human rights watchdogs.

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Neb. holds to one of the nation’s most restrictive same-sex marriage bans

| Saturday, August 9, 2014
Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. -- As state bans on same-sex marriages fall across the country, some Nebraska officials are holding strong to that state's status of having one of the nation's most restrictive laws, which affects some of the most basic aspects of gay couples' lives - from driver's licenses to parenting rights.

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Va. AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to review same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, August 8, 2014
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, giving the high court its third such case to choose from when justices return in October. Herring, who declined to defend the ban in federal court and who said he supports the lower court’s decision ...

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