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Federal judge strikes down Pennsylvania ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized the practice throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses. [...]

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Saginaw, Mich., kills proposed LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance, again

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Saginaw, Mich.
SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw city council has voted for a second time to kill a proposed LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance. [...]

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Man convicted in gang rape of lesbian gets 400 year prison sentence

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Humberto Salvador
MARTINEZ, Calif. — A California man who was convicted of orchestrating the 2008 gang rape of a woman who was targeted in part because she is lesbian has been sentenced to more than 400 years in prison. [...]

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Judge set to rule Tuesday on Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Marc Levy, APThe Whitewoods _ Landon, 2, Susan, 49, Abbey, 16, Katie, 14, and Deb, 45, after a news conference to announce that they are the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.
PHILADELPHIA -- Gay rights activists should know within hours whether Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage will be overturned. [...]

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Va. judge flags transgender woman’s name change request for ‘extra scrutiny’

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Julianna Fialkowski
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- A Virginia transgender woman who was denied a name change by a Lynchburg, Va., circuit court judge earlier this year is due back in court on Friday for a second hearing on her request.. [...]

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Fla. lawmaker: New educational standards are designed to turn all school children gay

Monday, May 19, 2014
Charles Van Zant
A Florida Republican state lawmaker says new "common core" educational standards are designed to turn all school children gay. [...]

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Caitlin Cahow named to President’s Council on Fitness

Monday, May 19, 2014
Caitlin Cahow
Former U.S. women’s national ice hockey team player Caitlin Cahow has been named to the of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Cahow represented the U.S. in two Olympic Winter Games, winning silver in Vancouver 2010 and bronze in Turin 2006. Last month, the NBA’s Jason Collins was [...]

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Ore. governor, AG hail marriage ruling; reaction from supporters, opponents

Monday, May 19, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber (D-Ore.)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Both supporters and opponents of marriage equality spoke out Monday about a federal judge's ruling striking down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. Both the Governor and the Attorney General supported the ruling, and the state previously declined to defend the ban in court. [...]

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Judge orders Utah to recognize over 1,000 legally married, same-sex couples

Monday, May 19, 2014
Matthew Barraza and his husband Tony Milner (holding their son Jesse) are  one of four couples who sued the state of Utah  following the state's decision not to recognize the legal marriages of more than 1,000 legally same-sex couples. Because of the state’s decision, only Barraza is legally recognized as a parent of Jesse.
SALT LAKE CITY -- When Matthew Barraza and Tony Milner's 5-year-old son starts kindergarten next fall, both of his fathers could finally be recognized as his legal parents. [...]

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Going to the chapel… Same-sex couples begin tying the knot in Oregon

Monday, May 19, 2014
Julie Engbloom, left, and Laurie Brown, right, are married by Judge Beth A. Allen at the Melody Ballroom, Monday, May, 19, 2014, in Portland, Ore., after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jubilant couples rushed to the altar Monday after a federal judge struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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