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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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Oregon ruling marks 13th consecutive victory for marriage equality

Monday, May 19, 2014
Supporters of same-sex marriage hold photos of themselves and their family members or partners on the steps of the Wayne L Morse U.S. Courthouse Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday about whether a national group can defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage because the state's attorney general has refused to do so.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th consecutive legal victory for gay marriage advocates since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of a federal ban. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, May 19, 2014
Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge has struck down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional. [...]

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Ark. gubernatorial candidate wants to allow lawmakers to override courts

Monday, May 19, 2014
Curtis Coleman
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A candidate running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas says the Legislature should have veto power over state courts after a judge struck down a same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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Federal appeals court denies NOM request for stay in Ore. marriage ruling

Monday, May 19, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal appeals court's ruling has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in Oregon if a judge's ruling allows it. [...]

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