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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Kendra Johnson
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality...

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S.C. to keep defending gay marriage ban despite appeals court ruling

| Monday, July 28, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will continue to defend itself against a lawsuit over its ban on same-sex marriage despite a decision by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over the state that a similar gay marriage ban in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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N.C. attorney general to drop state’s defense of same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s attorney general says prosecutors will drop their opposition to challenges to the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the wake of a federal appeals court decision affecting a similar prohibition in Virginia. Attorney General Roy Cooper said at a news conference Monday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling means...

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Key West plaintiffs seek to appeal marriage ruling to Fla. Supreme Court

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Plintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
MIAMI -- Attorneys for two Key West men challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage want the Florida Supreme Court to take up the case. The lawyers representing the Monroe County couple filed a motion Monday asking that the ...

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U.S. appeals court rules Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Monday, July 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit, and is the first to affect ...

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Colo. AG asks state’s high court to stop same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is trying again to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Suthers filed a motion with the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday asking it to order clerk Hillary Hall to stop providing the licenses. Both the Colorado Court of Appeals and a state judge in Boulder have refused his ...

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Sweden to resume development aid payments to Uganda

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Just four months after suspending development aid payments to Uganda over passage of an anti-homosexuality law, the Swedish embassy in Kampala said Monday that Sweden would extend nearly $200 million in development support to Uganda over the next five years. The aid would go to improve child and maternal health, sustainable growth and...

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Gay children’s home worker fired for ‘lifestyle choices’

| Monday, July 28, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas man has been fired from his job at the Children’s Home of Lubbock for his “lifestyle choices” after introducing kids to his fiancé during a day trip earlier this month. Casey Stegall, an openly gay human development and family studies major at Texas Tech University, says he “got fired just for me being who I am,” reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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Marriage News Watch: State lawyers ignore public support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 28, 2014
The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of Congress has come out in favor of the freedom to marry...

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Lawmakers want Vikings to give Priefer stiffer penalty for anti-gay remarks

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Mike Priefer
MINNEAPOLIS -- More than a dozen Twin Cities lawmakers are calling on the Minnesota Vikings to impose stiffer penalties on special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who admitted making anti-gay remarks in a conversation with former punter Chris Kluwe. The Vikings announced July 18 that Priefer would be suspended without pay for three games this season ...

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