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Westboro Baptist Church seeks to defend Kansas same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 27, 2014
Westboro Baptist Church members demonstrate against gay rights
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” demonstrations, is seeking to intervene as defendants in a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook challenges home state of Alabama on LGBT rights

Monday, October 27, 2014
Tim Cook
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Apple CEO Tim Cook is challenging his home state of Alabama to do more to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Cook says educational equality is also a key civil rights issue. He says Apple is giving $100 million for technology for 114 schools in 29 states to help.

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Rhode Island drops surgery requirement for transgender birth certificate changes

Monday, October 27, 2014
Rhode-Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Civil liberties advocates are praising the state of Rhode Island for making it easier for transgender residents to change their gender designation on their birth certificates.

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Creighton University to offer same-sex benefits despite archbishop’s objection

Monday, October 27, 2014
St. John's Church at Creighton University.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University will soon begin offering health benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of its employees despite the objections of the local Catholic archbishop. Creighton President Rev. Timothy Lannon announced the change Monday. He said 21 of the 28 Jesuit universities already offer similar benefits.

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Woman sues to use wife’s name on South Carolina driver’s license

Monday, October 27, 2014
South-Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A woman who says South Carolina officials refused to let her use her wife's family name on her driver's license has filed a federal lawsuit, another in a string of recent cases challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Decision to fight same-sex marriage ruling costs Idaho taxpayers $80,000

Monday, October 27, 2014
Idaho
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho officials have spent more than $80,000 challenging a federal judge's decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Spokesman-Review reports that information it obtained through a public records request shows Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter earlier this month agreed to pay a Washington, D.C., attorney...

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Methodist pastor who officiated at gay son’s wedding to keep ordination

Monday, October 27, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not...

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Florida marriage plaintiffs lead parade as Fantasy Fest wraps in Key West

Monday, October 27, 2014
Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who launched a landmark challenge to Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, led Saturday night’s procession atop a “wedding cake” float surrounded by 33 other couples in wedding attire.
KEY WEST, Fla. -- The elaborate 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking ended Sunday on this subtropical island, following its highlight late-night parade that featured grand marshals who pioneered the Florida Keys' fight for marriage equality.

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Aunt Marianne: When is it going to be okay to call you ‘Albert the Faggot’?

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Albert Eisenberg
Overall, Albert Eisenberg had a pretty great coming out experience and was given lots of support by his family and friends. There were two experiences he had, though, that show that there's still a lot of progress that needs to happen in terms of LGBTQ acceptance and understanding.

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Same-sex marriage appeal won’t go directly to Florida Supreme Court

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.
MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court has refused to allow Attorney General Pam Bondi take the state's same-sex marriage ban directly to the Florida Supreme Court. The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Friday indicated it will likely rule itself on previous decisions striking down the Miami-Dade and Monroe counties bans.

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