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Michigan plaintiffs to appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Thursday, November 6, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
DETROIT -- An attorney for two Detroit-area nurses who challenged Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage says they'll next go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Carole Stanyar spoke to The Associated Press after an appeals court reinstated the ban Thursday. In a 2-1 decision, the court overturned a ruling that found [...]

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6th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage bans in four states

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI -- A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments on gay marriage bans or [...]

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N. Ireland bakery threatened with legal action over refusing gay rights cake

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland that earlier this year refused to make a cake for a local gay rights organization’s event, has been ordered to apologize and pay compensation or face legal action. In July, Ashers Baking Co., in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, refused to bake a novelty cake featuring [...]

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Court official defends directive that N.C. magistrates officiate gay weddings

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Judge John W. Smith
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The chief administrator of North Carolina's courts says magistrates are duty-bound to marry gay couples and says he finds no federal law or rulings that would exempt them based on religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage. [...]

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Court dismisses lawsuit over nullified Nashville non-discrimination law

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Haslam over a state law that nullified Nashville's nondiscrimination ordinance in 2011, saying the plaintiffs weren't injured by the law. [...]

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Many Missouri counties not granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many local officials across Missouri were declining to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, saying a court ruling invalidating the state's gay marriage ban applies only to St. Louis. [...]

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Judge orders end to Houston same-sex spouse benefits; city says they’ll remain

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Jared Woodfill
HOUSTON -- A state court judge in Texas on Wednesday ordered the city of Houston to stop providing benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees, but city officials say a federal court has already ruled that the benefits can continue. [...]

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WNBA star Brittney Griner victim of knife attack in China

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Laura Nicholls of Spain, left, and Brittney Griner of the United States fight for the ball during their Basketball Championship for Women's final at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 5, 2014.
WNBA star Brittney Griner felt fortunate to be OK after getting cut on the elbow in a knife attack in China. Griner sustained a small cut when she was attacked by a man while boarding a bus after practice Monday in Shenyang. The man, who followed the players onto the [...]

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Nevada Republican loses bid to be first openly transgender state lawmaker

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Lauren Scott
RENO, Nev. -- A Nevada Republican has failed in a bid to become the first openly transgender state lawmaker in the U.S. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle defeated Lauren Scott by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin to win re-election Tuesday. [...]

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Kansas Supreme Court puts off marriage hearing until federal case resolved

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka is home to the Kansas Supreme Court.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas Supreme Court has indefinitely postponed a hearing on a same-sex marriage case because of a federal judge's order in a separate lawsuit barring the state from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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