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Wisconsin AG files appeal in same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin has appealed a federal judge's ruling from last month striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed the appeal on Thursday as he indicated at the time of the original ruling he would. U.S. District Judge Barbara [...]

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ABC confirms: Rosie O’Donnell returning to ‘The View’

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Rosie O'Donnell
NEW YORK -- Rosie O'Donnell is back on "The View" for a most unexpected second act. ABC said Thursday that O'Donnell will return to the daytime chatfest, whose couch is nearly empty with the on-air retirement of show creator Barbara Walters and impending departures of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd. [...]

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Denver city clerk says she will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, July 10, 2014
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DENVER -- Denver's city clerk says she will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite Colorado ban. Debra Johnson announced her decision shortly after a judge ruled that her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder can continue to grant gay marriage licenses. [...]

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Laverne Cox becomes first transgender person nominated for an Emmy

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox has became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award in an acting category. Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." "Orange is the [...]

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Complaint filed against 36 Methodist pastors for blessing same-sex wedding

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bishop Peggy Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law. The pastors blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony at Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church to show support for a colleague who faced church discipline for presiding [...]

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Pelosi backs ENDA despite concerns over broad religious exemptions

Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she still supports a Senate-passed bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people. A number of national LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption. The California Democrat says she understands the... [...]

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Judge: Boulder clerk can continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall
DENVER -- A Boulder County clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of Colorado's gay-marriage ban has been cleared to continue. Boulder County Judge Andrew Hartman ruled Thursday that county clerk Hillary Hall can ignore a federal stay on a ruling from the 10th U.S. [...]

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Gay teacher fired over plans to marry partner sues Catholic school for gender discrimination

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Flint Dollar
MACON, Ga. — The former band director and music instructor at a Macon, Ga., Catholic school has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming gender discrimination after he was fired over his plans to marry another man. Flint Dollar says he was fired from Mount de Sales Academy in May, [...]

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A look at what’s next for same-sex marriage in the U.S.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Utah’s decision to ask the nation’s highest court to review a federal appeals court ruling in favor of gay marriage nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. State officials said Wednesday they plan to ask the justices to review a June 25 ruling from a three-judge panel of [...]

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Report: More than 5,000 same-sex marriages in Illinois

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Illinois
CHICAGO -- A survey indicates thousands of same-sex couples are marrying in Illinois. In a news release, Equality Illinois reports that a survey of all 102 Illinois counties revealed that at least 3,274 marriage licenses have been issued and another 1,694 civil unions were converted to marriages. [...]

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