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NOM vows to ‘devote all our energy and resources’ to fight same-sex marriage

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks during a rally for the opponents of gay marriage at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Jan. 28, 2014.. Faced with a losing streak, some longtime opponents of gay marriage now say that its nationwide legalization via a Supreme Court ruling is inevitable. Others refuse to concede, and some leaders of that cohort will be rallying on Thursday, June 19, at a March for Marriage in Washington.`
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, reacts to Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not hear appeals in same-sex marriage cases from five states.

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Virginia AG officiates as marriage plaintiffs renew wedding vows

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring officiates as Carol Schall and Mary Townley renew their wedding vows on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- In an emotional ceremony in front of the John Marshall Courthouse in downtown Richmond, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring renewed the vows of two of the plaintiffs who successfully challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “This is the outcome we have hoped for,” said Herring, who stated just days after taking office ...

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Arizona same-sex marriage ban on thin ice as state awaits rulings in two cases

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage appears to be on even thinner ice now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn federal courts that declared bans in five states unconstitutional. Monday's unexpected decision not to hear appeals from Wisconsin, Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia means Arizona's efforts to keep ...

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Same-sex marriage in Wyoming could come sooner than expected

| Monday, October 6, 2014
wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Same-sex marriage could become legal in Wyoming by year's end after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it.

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Missouri will not appeal ruling that it recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Attorney General Chris Koster (D-Mo.)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he won't appeal a ruling that Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

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Utah governor directs state agencies to begin recognizing same-sex marriage

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Plaintiffs, from left, Moudi Sbeity, his partner Derek Kitchen, Kody Partridge and her wife, Laurie Wood, celebrate following a news conference Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Utah and four other states that had sought to bar marriage between gay couples.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gay couples in Utah celebrated and sought marriage licenses Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for them to marry there and in 30 other states by rejecting an appeal that sought to ban same-sex unions. The denial of the appeal by Utah and four other states left no pending gay marriage cases before the high court.

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Pueblo County, Colo., clerk resumes issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz.
DENVER -- Colorado's Pueblo County is now issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court turned away appeals on the question of same-sex wedding bans.

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ACLU announces new challenge to Kansas same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. -- A decision by the nation's highest court Monday turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions is expected to clear the way for the expansion soon of same-sex marriages to Kansas.

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Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin blasts court for gay marriage decision

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Mary Fallin is criticizing the federal courts for allowing gay marriage in Oklahoma, saying the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a violation of states' rights.

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Tulsa couple who challenged gay marriage ban marry on courthouse steps

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Mary Bishop, left, and Sharon Baldwin, right, celebrate following their wedding ceremony in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Bishop and Baldwin were the lead plaintiffs who challenged Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, shortly after 76 percent of Oklahoma voters approved the ban.
TULSA, Okla. -- Clasping bouquets of purple and pink roses and lilies, Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin accomplished Monday a task nearly a decade in the making: becoming legally married in Oklahoma. In a ceremony on the Tulsa County Courthouse steps, just as rush-hour traffic was bottling up downtown, the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit against ...

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