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Openly gay Oklahoma state senator to run for U.S. Congress

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Al-McAffrey
OKLAHOMA CITY — A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City says he plans to run for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

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Boy Scouts’ membership drops after year of policy change

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Richard W. Rodriguez, AP FILE - Boy Scouts (from  left): Joshua Kusterer, 12, Nach Mitschke, 6, and Wyatt Mitschke, 4, salute as they recite the pledge of allegiance during the “Save Our Scouts” prayer vigil and rally on Feb. 6, 2013, outside the Boy Scouts of America National Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, in opposition to openly gay scouts.
DALLAS -- The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization.

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Federal appeals court to fast track challenge to Nevada gay marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A federal appeals court has granted Nevada's motion to withdraw its support for a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage and agreed to expedite the case.

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Remembering Larry King

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lawrence King, murdered Feb 12, 2008.
Today I remember Larry King, who was killed six years ago. On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, 14-year old Brandon McInerney brought a gun to E.O. Green Junior High School, stood up in the middle of class and shot 15 year-old Larry King twice in the back of the head. A few days later Larry was taken off of life support. Like so many other LGBT youth of color, Larry spent his life navigating violent and unsupportive foster care and educational institutions...

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Federal judge hears challenge to Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Eric Gay, APCouples (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and  Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, talk with the media after as they leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Attorneys for two same-sex couples have faced off with the Texas attorney general's office over whether a federal judge should lift the state ban on gay marriage.

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Judge: Ky. must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, part of an unprecedented barrage of marriage equality lawsuits in states where voters have overwhelmingly opposed recognition of gay and lesbian couples.

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ACLU files suit against Mo. for not recognizing same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Missouri
ST. LOUIS -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages performed in places that allow them, saying the state's refusal to do so "undermines the couples' ability to achieve their life goals and dreams."

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Kan. House OKs bill allowing religious discrimination against gay couples

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas House is preparing to take final action on a bill intended to keep individuals, groups and businesses from being compelled to provide services for same-sex ceremonies.

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Gay rights group files lawsuit challenging Louisiana gay marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS -- Four married gay couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

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Judge to hear challenge of Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lisa Krantz, The San Antonio Express-News (AP)Cleo DeLeon, left, and Nicole Dimetman play with their son at their home in Austin, Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Two gay couples challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage will take their case to federal court on Wednesday in the wake of recent legal victories in two other conservative states.

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