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Lack of legal rights makes raising teens more stressful for same-sex couple

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Michael De Leon and Greg Bourke protest outside the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati in November 2014.
Like many dads, when his spouse is traveling out of town, Greg Bourke takes on the role of single parent, shuttling their two teenagers to basketball practice and other activities while working a full-time job. But Bourke has an extra worry when his husband, Michael DeLeon, is away. [...]

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Judge proposes Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to lesbian couple

Friday, April 24, 2015
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An administrative law judge proposes that the owners of an Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple refused service more than two years ago. [...]

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Bobby Jindal blasts companies opposed to Louisiana religious freedom bill

Friday, April 24, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that businesses opposed to religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with the same liberal elites who support more taxes, regulation and "demonize" profit-making. [...]

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Ted Cruz introduces bills to block marriage equality for same-sex couples

Friday, April 24, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying. [...]

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Navigating same-sex marriage debate a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

Friday, April 24, 2015
GOP presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio
For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs - notably the presidential hopefuls - face a far more complicated landscape. [...]

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The surprising religious breakdown of same-sex marriage support

Friday, April 24, 2015
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A new poll released this week found that the majority of most major religious groups now fully embrace marriage equality, and that even groups who oppose the right to marry are abandoning anti-LGBT views at a surprising rate. [...]

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Huckabee defends gay conversion therapy, warns gay rights will outlaw Christianity: ‘God Help Us All’

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee has let loose with a litany of falsehoods about how marriage equality will lead to the “criminalization of Christianity," and went on to defend ex-gay therapy, saying government is barring chaplains from advocating against the “homosexual lifestyle.” [...]

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North Carolina House speaker: No action on ‘religious freedom’ bill this year

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tim-Moore
The leader of the North Carolina House says his chamber won't debate a "religious freedom" bill this year that supporters promoted as protecting religious liberties but others criticized as legalizing discrimination against LGBT individuals. [...]

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Effort to repeal Arkansas law limiting local LGBT protections advances

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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An effort to repeal a new Arkansas law preventing local governments from extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT residents moved closer toward appearing on next year's ballot after the state's attorney general gave initial approval to the referendum. [...]

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Judge won’t order Michigan to recognize dying man’s same-sex marriage

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan on their wedding day, Dec. 7, 2013, in New York City.
A federal judge has refused to grant a dying man and his partner state recognition of their marriage ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. [...]

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