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Reagan picked ‘activist judge’ who threw out Mich. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, March 21, 2014
U.S District Judge Bernard Friedman
DETROIT -- The judge who made history by throwing out Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been on the federal bench for 26 years.

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Mich. plaintiffs celebrate on hearing news that marriage ban struck down

Friday, March 21, 2014
michigan-plaintiffs
Watch as plaintiffs Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer hear the news that Michigan's same-sex marriage ban has been struck down.

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Mich. AG calls for immediate freeze on ruling striking down gay marriage ban

Friday, March 21, 2014
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to immediately freeze a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage while he appeals.

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Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 21, 2014
Michigan
DETROIT -- Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago - the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.

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Uganda official says U.S. cut as much as $6 million in aid because of anti-gay law

Friday, March 21, 2014
Ruhakana Rugunda
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual U.S. government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law.

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Fred Phelps’ hate seen by some as helping to advance gay rights

Friday, March 21, 2014
Fred Phelps
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring — often at military funerals — that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

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Judge denies stay in ruling that Tenn. recognize three out-of-state gay marriages

Friday, March 21, 2014
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge on Thursday refused to issue a stay in her preliminary decision last week ordering the state of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while the case is proceeds in federal court.

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Nation’s first transgender mayor auctions off shoes to get cash for his city

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Stu-Rasmussen
SILVERTON, Ore. -- The nation's first openly transgender mayor is now opening his closet doors to get cash for his city.

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Oregon AG: ‘No rational justification’ for maintaining same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum (D-Ore.)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general has told a federal court that she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of gay and lesbian couples

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High school science teacher changing gender to ‘authentic self’

Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Fresno BeeKaren Adell Scot
After spring break, 24-year Yosemite, Calif. high school science and multimedia teacher Gary Sconce will return to teach as her true self. "It's like getting out of dark solitary confinement in prison where you never saw the light."

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