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Houston withdraws subpoenas for Texas pastors’ speeches

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston city attorneys have withdrawn subpoenas that sought speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents, the mayor said Wednesday.

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At religious liberty conference, pastors told to hold the line on gay relationships

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others - gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful - were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage?

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Ten shocking facts about the Alliance Defending Freedom

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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The so-called Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is one of the nation’s most dangerous organizations working to prevent equality for LGBT people. An enthusiastic leader in defending the unconscionable “right” to discriminate against LGBT people, they are also a world-wide exporter of their own brand of hate. ADF bills itself as an “alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith”—unless of course that faith contradicts with their own anti-LGBT version.

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ADF attorney calls Matthew Shepard’s murder a hate crime hoax

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An attorney for anti-LGBT extremist group the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is peddling the myth that the story of Matthew Shepard's brutal anti-gay murder was fabricated in order to advance the "homosexual agenda."

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Federal judge schedules new hearing in challenge to Kansas gay marriage ban

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Kansas
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal judge has rescheduled a hearing for arguments over whether he should order Kansas to allow same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has scheduled a hearing for Friday, Oct. 31, at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. A previous hearing scheduled for Oct. 24 was cancelled.

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Don’t plan on getting ‘gay-married’ in Texas before 2016

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Texas
Plaintiffs and their attorneys in a lawsuit challenging Texas’ same-sex marriage bans say they’re disappointed that oral arguments won’t be held until January at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. ... The disappointment is understandable, and we all want marriage equality in Texas as soon as humanly possible. But the fact is there was never much a chance for the Texas or Louisiana cases to get to the Supreme Court in 2015. The last, best hope for that is the...

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Lewiston becomes 9th Idaho city to approve LGBT protections

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jimmy Emerson
LEWISTON, Idaho -- Officials in the north-central Idaho city of Lewiston have passed an ordinance banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Health Services is reviewing the state's vital records law now that same-sex marriage is legal under a federal court ruling. Health Services Director Will Humble says a spouse will be able to get a death certificate for a spouse regardless of gender.

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Director of gay pilots association killed in single-engine plane crash

Monday, October 27, 2014
Steven Moore
BOULDER, Colo. -- The Executive Director of the National Gay Pilots Association was killed Monday when the single-engine plane he was flying crashed and burst into flames after taking off from Boulder Municipal Airport. Steven Moore, 35, was killed in the crash, according to a statement by the pilots groups. He was flying the plane...

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5th Circuit schedules hearings in appeals of Texas, Louisiana gay marriage rulings

Monday, October 27, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday scheduled oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The court set arguments for both cases to be heard during the week of January 5, 2015.

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