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Federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in 7 new states

| Friday, October 17, 2014
Fresh from being married by the Denver mayor at the city clerk office on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, Fran, left, and Anna Simon hold a sign during a rally staged by Why Marriage Matters Colorado on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is recognizing same-sex marriages in seven more states. The states are Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada. The Justice Department says it will ensure that same-sex couples in those states are given federal benefits as soon as possible.

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North Carolina high school cancels play because it includes a gay romance

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
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MAIDEN, N.C. -- A North Carolina high school has cancelled a school play following complaints by some parents and area churches because the play includes a same-sex couple. Students at Maiden High School claimed they had already begun rehearsing for the play “Almost, Maine” when the principal decided to cancel the performance,

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Wyoming governor says state shouldn’t appeal gay marriage loss

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
Gov. Matt Mead (R-Wyo.)
RIVERTON, Wyo. -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says the state shouldn't appeal if a federal judge rules against it in a federal lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Mead addressed the issue Thursday night in a Wyoming Public Television debate in Riverton.

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Challenge to South Dakota same-sex marriage ban heads to federal court

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A federal judge could decide Friday whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging South Dakota's ban on gay marriage, with attorneys for both sides expected to argue their case as similar fights play out across the nation.

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Ted Cruz criticizes Houston subpoenas as ‘abuse of government power’

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ted Cruz
HOUSTON -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Cruz, standing among more than a dozen clergy at First Baptist Church...

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North Carolina magistrate resigns over having to officiate same-sex marriages

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
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WENTWORTH, N.C. -- A North Carolina magistrate has resigned, saying marrying a same-sex couple violates his religious beliefs. Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr. sent a letter to Chief District Court Judge Fred Wilkins on Thursday saying when he took his oath of office, he didn't take it with the understanding that he would be required to marry same-sex couples.

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Arizona: Judge should delay gay marriage because 9th Circuit hasn’t issued mandate

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- Lawyers for the state of Arizona agree that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional because of an appeals court ruling. But attorneys for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne urged a federal judge to delay overturning the ban because last week's order from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is not yet final.

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Alaska officials ask U.S. Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
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The state of Alaska is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay of a District Court's ruling earlier this week striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Lawsuit alleges New Mexico college student was shunned for anti-gay views

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
University of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A former University of New Mexico student can proceed with a free speech lawsuit against the school alleging she was ostracized by her professors for making anti-gay remarks in paper, a federal judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo denied the university's request to have Monica Pompeo's lawsuit...

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United Nations chief shows off his purple tie, socks in observance of Spirit Day

| Thursday, October 16, 2014
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shows off his purple socks and tie on Thursday in observance of Spirit Day.
UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has responded to the call to "go purple" on Spirit Day to show solidarity with LGBT youths who face bullying and discrimination. The U.N. chief pointed to his purple tie at a press conference Thursday and then picked up his right trouser leg to show off his matching purple sock.

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