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Bill to allow married, same-sex couples to file joint taxes passes Colo. Senate

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- A bill that would change the way some same-sex couples in Colorado file their taxes has passed the Senate despite Republican objections that the measure chips away at the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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Kan. judge rules lesbian couple’s sperm donor owes child support

Thursday, January 23, 2014
William Marotta
TOPEKA, Kan. — A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Wednesday.

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Va. AG says gay marriage ban unconstitutional, joins fight against it

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
AP
RICHMOND, Va. -- Following a seismic political shift in Virginia, the new attorney general has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and on Thursday he joined a lawsuit challenging it.

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Professor: Hormones, stress, smoking increases likelihood of children born gay

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dick Swaab
AMSTERDAM -- A professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University claims that factors ranging from taking synthetic hormones to suffering stress during pregnancy can increase the likelihood that a child will be born gay.

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Ind. House panel advances proposed same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers seeking a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the state looked for traction in a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday, one week after the measure unexpectedly faltered in a different committee.

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Toni Atkins chosen next Speaker of Calif. state assembly

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Toni Atkins
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego has been chosen by her Democratic colleagues to succeed Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly.

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Ind. committee chair kicks gay rights activist out of marriage hearing

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Milo Smith
INDIANAPOLIS -- The chairman of the House Elections Committee has expelled an opponent of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage from a second House hearing on the measure.

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Judge allows Idaho AG to intervene in same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Lawrence Wasden
BOISE, Idaho -- A federal judge says Idaho's attorney general can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, even though Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is already a party in the case.

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Nevada: State’s same-sex marriage ban serves a ‘legitimate purpose’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The state of Nevada on Tuesday urged a federal appeals court to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, arguing it serves the "legitimate purpose of preserving traditional marriage" and is entrenched in the state's history.

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Elton John offers to introduce Putin to gay people to promote understanding

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Alex Brandon, APElton John
NEW YORK — Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is volunteering to introduce Russian President Vladimir Putin to gay Russians to help promote understanding.

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