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Federal judge weighing challenge to Ky. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge in Louisville is weighing the fate of Kentucky's ban on same sex marriages as similar laws around the country have been overturned.

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Vote could come next week on Ind. constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Brian Bosma
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says lawmakers are taking their time deciding how they'll vote on a proposed amendment that would ban gay marriage.

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Lawyers in challenge to N.C. same-sex marriage ban watching Okla., Utah

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Roy Cooper
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's 2012 prohibition of same-sex marriage say they are closely studying recent court rulings overturning similar bans in other states.

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Senior IOC member criticizes U.S. choice of gay athletes for Sochi delegation

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Dominic Favre, Keystone (AP)Mario Pescante
ROME -- A senior Italian member of the International Olympic Committee criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics.

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Amnesty International: Gays arrested in at least four Nigerian states

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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LAGOS, Nigeria -- Amnesty International says Nigerian police have arrested 10 people suspected of being gay in four majority Christian southern states in the highly religious nation.

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Shreveport city council member halts effort to repeal LGBT rights ordinance

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Ron Webb
SHREVEPORT, La. -- A City Council member in Shreveport has, for now, halted his effort to repeal an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance.

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Democratic challenger urges Ohio AG to drop appeal of marriage ruling

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Democrat challenging Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling attention to the Republican’s ongoing fight against a deceased gay man whose last wish was to be counted as married on his death certificate.

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Pa. same-sex marriage advocates keep eyes on state case, federal court rulings

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Pa. lawmakers Reps. Brian Sims (right) and Steve McCarter have introduced a bill that would allow same-sex couples to get married legally in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Federal court decisions to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in two conservative states may not have an immediate effect in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that does not recognize gay marriages.

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United Nations chief alarmed by Nigeria’s new anti-gay law

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
APBan Ki-moon
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by reports of the arrest and torture of individuals in northern Nigeria believed to be homosexual and strongly hopes that the constitutionality of the country's new anti-gay law will be reviewed.

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Chris Pine criticizes U.S. response to Russia’s anti-gay law

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Jordan Strauss, Invision (AP)Chris Pine
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Actor Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense."

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