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Iowa Supreme Court reverses conviction in HIV criminalization case

Friday, June 13, 2014
Nick Rhoades
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday threw out the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV, a victory to activists who say laws in many states are outdated and based on fear instead of medical science. [...]

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Judge to hold hearing on Wisconsin same-sex marriages

Friday, June 13, 2014
Rev. Tony Larsen and his partner Craig Matheus are refused a marriage license by Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen in the clerk's office inside the Racine County Courthouse on Friday, June 13, 2014, in Racine, Wis. Racine County is one of a minority of counties in Wisconsin currently continuing to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
MADISON, Wis. -- Both sides of the fight over same-sex marriages in Wisconsin are headed back to federal court for a hearing that could determine whether the weddings can continue. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb scheduled the hearing for 1 p.m. on Friday. [...]

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S.D. high school association approves policy for transgender students

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota board that governs activities for high school students has adopted policies on the eligibility of international and transgender students' participation in sports and fine arts groups. [...]

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Fla. gay rights group endorses Charlie Crist for governor

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Charlie Crist
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Florida's largest gay rights advocacy group has endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist for governor. The endorsement is a boon for Crist, who still faces some skepticism from Democratic activists who consider his political conversion dubious. [...]

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Hillary Clinton defends her support of same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Hillary Clinton participates in a conversation about her career in government and her new book, "Hard Choices.," at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York, Thursday, June 12, 2014.
NEW YORK -- Hillary Rodham Clinton tersely defended her initial opposition to gay marriage, denying in a radio interview that political reasons were behind her shift last year to supporting same-sex marriage. She accused the host of the show of "playing with my words." [...]

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Local resident to file lawsuit to stop Milwaukee County same-sex weddings

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Bob Braun
MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin man says the the legal process is moving too slowly so he’s filing a lawsuit to stop same-sex weddings in Milwaukee County, claiming that his civil rights are being violated because gay couples are marrying. [...]

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Gay couple sues Mich. for recognition of marriage performed in N.Y.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Bruce Morgan and Brian Merucci
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Two men in the Grand Rapids area are suing to try to force Michigan to recognize their same-sex marriage performed in New York state. Bruce Morgan and Brian Merucci were recently turned down by the Kent County clerk's office when they presented their New York certificate [...]

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Wis. AG threatens clerks could face prosecution for issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen warned county clerks Thursday that prosecutors could charge them for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying the state's gay marriage ban remains in effect despite a federal judge's ruling that it's unconstitutional. [...]

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All but twelve Wis. counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Sixty-three of Wisconsin's 72 counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. An Associated Press survey of the counties Thursday found that all but nine were issuing the licenses after a federal judge last week struck down the state's ban as unconstitutional. [...]

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Wis. governor largely silent on same-sex marriage since ruling

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks with the media at a campaign appearance Thursday, June 12, 2014, in Oak Creek, Wis. Walker, who is running for re-election this year and eyeing a bid for president in 2016, said that his personal opposition to same-sex marriage doesn't matter because the ban on gay marriage was put into the state constitution by a vote of the people.
MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker has a history of forcefully opposing same-sex marriage in Wisconsin, but in the wake of the state's ban on gay marriages being found unconstitutional the Republican leader said Thursday that his own views about the issue do not matter. [...]

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