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Hawaii judge rejects lawmaker’s attempt to overturn marriage equality law

| Friday, January 31, 2014
GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to have Hawaii's marriage equality law overturned.
HONOLULU -- A state judge in Hawaii has thrown out a lawmaker's challenge to the state's new marriage equality law, declaring that the law that took effect in December is constitutional.

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Ind. governor wants lawmakers to send gay marriage ban to voters this year

| Friday, January 31, 2014
Darron Cummings, APIndiana Gov. Mike Pence delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature at the Statehouse Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Mike Pence is asking Indiana lawmakers to send a proposed state constitutional ban on gay marriage to voters this year.

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Gay rights group seeks repeal of Kan. same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. — The leading gay rights advocacy group in Kansas is asking legislators to repeal a state law and a provision in the state constitution that both ban same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge says suit challenging W.Va. gay marriage ban can proceed

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge says most of a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage can proceed.

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Ind. Senate leader places gay marriage amendment in committee he chairs

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
David Long
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate's leader is placing the proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage with a committee he controls for vetting.

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Va. House panel kills bill banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND -- A Virginia House of Delegates committee killed off proposed legislation Thursday that would have banned controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy for LGBT youth.

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S.D. lawmakers say bill to protect clergy from gay weddings is unnecessary

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ernie Otten
PIERRE, S.D. -- A measure that sought to protect clergy members who refuse to take part in same-sex marriages was rejected Thursday by a South Dakota legislative committee after opponents said the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom already gives those church leaders the protections.

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Transgender candidate to challenge openly gay Md. state senator

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Dana Beyer (left) and Richard Madaleno
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A transgender candidate has announced she will run against an openly gay state senator in Montgomery County, Md., in the Democratic primary.

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Maine supreme court: Transgender student’s rights were violated

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Robert F. Bukaty, APTransgender student Nicole Maines, center, with her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine on June 12, 2013.
PORTLAND, Maine -- School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.

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Ohio Statehouse hosted 23 weddings last year, but is off limits to gay ceremonies

| Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
For gay and lesbian couples hoping to hold wedding ceremonies surrounded by the limestone columns and marble staircases of the Ohio Statehouse, it’s a grand location that’s totally off-limits.

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