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Two same-sex marriage cases inch forward in South Carolina

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Colleen Condon, left, and her partner Nichols Bleckley appear at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, shortly after filing a federal lawsuit seeking the right to marry in South Carolina.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A South Carolina couple is asking a federal judge for an injunction blocking enforcement of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Arkansas same-sex marriage ban to hit two courts on same day

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- Arkansas' highest court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban on the same day a federal judge takes up a separate case over the prohibition.

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Three states continue to deny same-sex marriage despite appellate court rulings

Thursday, October 23, 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.
WASHINGTON -- Three states are continuing their legal fight against same-sex marriage, despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee those states that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry. Even as officials in other states have abandoned defense of gay marriage bans, Kansas, Montana and South Carolina...

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Florida AG Pam Bondi files opposition to same-sex couple’s divorce

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Attorney General Pam Bondi is opposing a bid by a gay South Florida woman to obtain a divorce from her former partner.

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Nevada officials oppose rehearing of same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.)
LAS VEGAS -- Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada will oppose an effort by opponents of same-sex marriages to get the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments to reinstate a ban on on same-sex marriage in the Silver State.

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Navy veteran in Idaho gains approval to be buried with same-sex spouse

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Madelynn Taylor, 74, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner.
BOISE, Idaho -- A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late spouse in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized gay marriage. "It's done," 74-year-old Madelynn Lee Taylor said Wednesday after successfully completing paperwork to be buried at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

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Complaint alleges job offer rescinded due to transgender status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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BEND, Ore. -- An Oregon individual who identifies as neither a man nor a woman has filed a sex discrimination complaint against a Wisconsin-based wilderness therapy program claiming they lost out on a job by identifying as transgender.

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Methodist panel hears appeal over pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer, center, and his son, Tim Schaefer, second from left, walk to a meeting of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Rev. Schaefer was suspended and defrocked in 2013 for officiating at his son’s wedding to another man.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was suspended and then defrocked last year following ...

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Nearly 4,000 same-sex couples marry in N.J. in first year of marriage equality

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.
NEWARK, N.J. -- Nearly 4,000 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples in New Jersey since the state Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriages one year ago. Monmouth County has issued the most same-sex marriage licenses with about 406. That was followed by Essex and Camden counties.

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Arkansas AG says he doesn’t object to expediting same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas attorney general's office says it doesn't object to the state's highest court moving quickly on a lawsuit challenging a gay marriage ban. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Tuesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court it doesn't object to a request by a group of same-sex couples challenging the ban...

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