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Joint Mo. tax returns from married, same-sex couples spurs lawsuit

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- A lawsuit is challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states.

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Billie Jean King part of diplomacy by diversity: ‘We reflect part of America’

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
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Billie Jean King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it, so she had no hesitation joining the U.S. delegation for the Sochi Olympics.

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Ind. lawmaker intoduces bill to add constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Indiana capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS — A Republican lawmaker in Indiana has introduced a measure that seeks to place the state's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution.

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Ellen DeGeneres collects 14th People’s Choice award

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- The fans made their top picks in television, music and film at the 2014 People's Choice Awards and deemed Ellen DeGeneres their favorite daytime TV host, making her the woman with the most People's Choice honors - a total of 14 trophies.

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Supreme Court stay complicates marriages of same-sex couples in Utah

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Michael Mathie proposed to his partner Tyler McCraley on Christmas. The next day, they joined the historic rush of same-sex couples getting marriage licenses in Utah.

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Bills to end Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban flood 2014 General Assembly

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- While Delegates and Senators of the Virginia General Assembly were swearing into session Wednesday, there had already been efforts set in motion to end the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Cleveland, Akron gear up for fun and ‘Gay Games’

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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Why does there have to be a Gay Games? Tom Nobbe gets that question a lot — although the reason becomes a lot more obvious every time the International Olympic Committee must issue a statement assuring LGBT athletes and spectators that they won’t be arrested or assaulted during next month’s Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia.

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Russian actor who wants to burn gays alive, wants Putin to criminalize sodomy

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Ivan Okhlobystin
A popular Russian actor, who last month said he wants to burn gay people alive because they pose a danger to his children, has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to bring back a Soviet law criminalizing “sodomy.”

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Opponents of transgender rights law reach next step toward ballot referendum

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of a new California law that spells out the rights of transgender students in public schools have cleared the next hurdle in their effort to repeal the law at the ballot box, state elections officials said Wednesday.

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Utah: ‘Recognition of same-sex marital status ON HOLD until further notice’

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah governor Gary Herbert’s office late Tuesday instructed state agencies not to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were solemnized in the 17 days between a federal judge’s ruling to allow same-sex marriage in Utah, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday to stay the ruling pending appeal.

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