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Texas man sentenced to 15 years in brutal attack on gay man he met online

Monday, November 17, 2014
Brice-Johnson
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A federal judge has sentenced a North Texas man to more than 15 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and severely beat a gay man he met through an online service. ...

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W.Va. high school reverses course, allows gay-straight alliance to form

Monday, November 17, 2014
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia high school has abruptly reversed course, and now has a Gay-Straight Alliance. The Charleston Gazette reports that Putnam County Schools spokeswoman Rudi Raynes said the club was created Monday, despite Principal Bruce McGrew’s assertion ...

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Judge orders marriage licenses for same-sex couples in 3 Kansas counties

Monday, November 17, 2014
Chief Judge A.J. Wachter
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- The chief state district judge for three southeast Kansas counties has directed court clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Chief Judge A.J. Wachter issued an order Monday covering the 11th Judicial District of Cherokee, Crawford ...

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ACLU challenges North Carolina GOP leaders’ gay marriage appeal

Monday, November 17, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers for several gay couples say in a legal filing that North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders shouldn't be allowed to appeal rulings that legalized gay marriage in the state. In a filing Friday in federal court, lawyers ...

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Kansas Supreme Court meets to discuss same-sex marriage case

Monday, November 17, 2014
Derek Schmidt
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas Supreme Court is deliberating whether to allow same-sex marriage licenses even as the federal courts have ruled same-sex marriages are allowed in the state. ...

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Pope reinforces ‘traditional’ family values in opening religious conference

Monday, November 17, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said Monday that children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, emphasizing traditional family values as he opened an interreligious conference on the "complementarity" of men and women in marriage. ...

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Homeless shelter in Kansas City won’t house married, same-sex couples

Monday, November 17, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A nonprofit homeless shelter in Kansas City will not allow legally married same-sex couples to stay overnight together because officials believe those relationships violate biblical principles. Leaders of the City Union Mission in Kansas City debated ...

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Michigan, Kentucky couples take gay marriage cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, November 17, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer
WASHINGTON -- A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold ...

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Same-sex couples file suit challenging Nebraska gay marriage ban

Monday, November 17, 2014
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Seven same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday asking the state of Nebraska to recognize their marriages and challenging the constitutionality of the state's ban. American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad said it's ...

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Couple asks federal court to allow gay marriages to proceed in South Carolina

Monday, November 17, 2014
Colleen Condon
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gay marriages should be allowed to proceed in South Carolina because the state is unlikely to win its appeal to block them and has not shown it would suffer harm if such marriages take place, attorneys for ...

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