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Complaints filed against probate judge for refusing same-sex marriage licenses

Monday, February 9, 2015
Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis
Two attorneys for a same-sex couple who successfully challenged Alabama’s gay marriage ban have filed a new lawsuit against a Mobile, Ala., judge for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and plaintiffs in an existing case amended their complaint to also name the judge as a defendant. [...]

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Rosie O’Donnell explains why she didn’t address her departure from ‘The View’

Monday, February 9, 2015
Rosie-ODonnell
Rosie O'Donnell opened up Monday afternoon about her planned departure from ABC's "The View" this week after being tight lipped on the subject during today's broadcast. [...]

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Mormon says he’ll likely be excommunicated for website, gay rights support

Monday, February 9, 2015
John Dehlin sits in his basement studio where he broadcasts his podcast at his home in North Logan, Utah.
A Mormon man who runs a website for church members questioning their faith said Monday that he expects to be excommunicated based the tenor of a disciplinary hearing Sunday night, but he may not find out for days. [...]

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Arkansas Senate OKs bill to prohibit local LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances

Monday, February 9, 2015
Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock.
The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would bar local governments from making it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Attorneys ask court to hold probate judge in contempt for refusing marriage licenses

Monday, February 9, 2015
Mobile County, Ala., Probate Judge Don Davis
Two attorneys for a same-sex couple who successfully challenged Alabama's gay marriage ban are asking a federal judge to hold Mobile County Probate Court judge Don Davis in contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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South Dakota House panel votes to void transgender students sports policy

Monday, February 9, 2015
South Dakota state capitol in Pierre.
A measure that would reverse a state athletic association policy and require transgender students to play on the same sports team as the gender on their birth certificates easily passed its first legislative committee test on Monday. [...]

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Thomas objects, says Court’s action implies support for same-sex marriage

Monday, February 9, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
Justice Clarence Thomas criticized his Supreme Court colleagues Monday for refusing to block same-sex marriage in Alabama until the court resolves the issue nationwide in a few months. [...]

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Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, February 9, 2015
Eleanor Shue lifts her marriage license and yells in celebration as she and partner Jessica White emerge from the Probate Judges office after getting their marriage licenses in the Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville, Ala., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.
Alabama became the 37th U.S. state with marriage equality as same-sex couples there began getting married in a handful of counties on Monday, despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice - an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage - to block the weddings. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court declines to block same-sex marriages in Alabama

Monday, February 9, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block a federal judge's order allowing same-sex marriages in Alabama. The order came just minutes before probate courts were scheduled to open across the state, where same-sex couples were lining up to obtain marriage licenses. [...]

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New Greek government vows to grant same-sex couples legal status

Monday, February 9, 2015
Greece
Greece's new left-wing government has promised to grant same-sex couples legal status, in response to a 2013 international court decision condemning the country for discrimination. [...]

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