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Arizona lawmakers consider response to fall of same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.
PHOENIX -- The end of Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage has legislators staking out a range of positions on what they should and shouldn't do in response. The gay rights issue caused turmoil at the Capitol last spring when lawmakers passed a religious-rights bill allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill.

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Nevada issues 255 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in first week

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Cathy Grimes kisses her partner Tara Traynor while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS -- Of the 2,344 couples who lined up at marriage license bureaus across the state in the seven days after courts put an end to the state's gay marriage ban, about 255 were same-sex couples. The figures were based on polling by The Associated Press of each county clerk.

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Raleigh, N.C., unanimously passes transgender worker protections

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Raleigh, N.C.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s capital city became the sixth statewide to protect transgender workers from employment discrimination. City Council members passed the revised policy unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

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Marine suspected of trans woman’s murder transferred to Philippine custody

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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MANILA, Philippines -- The U.S. military turned over a Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman to the Philippine military's main camp in the capital Wednesday, easing a looming irritant over his custody, officials said. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton had been detained on board the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay Freeport...

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Ninth Circuit declares Hawaii same-sex marriage lawsuit moot

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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HONOLULU -- A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has quietly ended a last-ditch court fight against a Hawaii law allowing same-sex marriage. The court issued an opinion earlier this month declaring moot a lawsuit filed by a Hawaii couple seeking to marry before the state legalized gay marriage last year. Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid ...

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Federal judge in Puerto Rico upholds ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A federal court judge has rejected an attempt to end a ban on same-sex marriages in Puerto Rico, saying political order itself depends on traditional marriage and deriding the logic of courts that have overturned such bans. The five gay couples who filed the suit will appeal, their attorney said Wednesday.

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GOP leader to plans legislation to protect N.C. officials who refuse to marry gays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Phil Berger
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A top North Carolina Republican said Thursday that he will back a bill protecting state officials who refuse to issue marriage licenses or perform weddings for same-sex couples. Senate Leader Phil Berger Sr. said he will introduce legislation in response to a magistrate in his home county who decided to resign instead of agreeing ...

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Judge sets November hearing in challenge to Montana gay marriage ban

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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HELENA, Mont. -- A judge has set a Nov. 20 hearing in Great Falls for arguments in a lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled the hearing Monday after four gay couples filed a motion for summary judgment that asks the judge to decide the case without a trial.

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Almost everything you’ve been told about the Idaho wedding chapel story is a lie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
The religious right is spewing hate and lies, claiming that two ministers are being forced to marry same-sex couples -- even claiming the ministers have been arrested. How is this possible? Two ministers, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, own a for-profit wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, but say they cannot marry same-sex couples because of their faith...

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Idaho governor asks 11-judge panel to review same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for an 11-judge panel to review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's same-sex marriage ban last week. Otter announced Tuesday in a news release that the federal judges failed to use the correct legal standard to Idaho's Constitutional definition of marriage.

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