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Wyo. judge allows challenge to state’s same-sex marriage ban to go forward

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A state judge declined Tuesday to suspend a lawsuit contesting a Wyoming law that specifies marriage is limited to one man and one woman. Instead, Laramie County District Court Judge Thomas Campbell said at a hearing he will consider any additional facts in the case and in November will either rule on the law on the spot or allow the case to go ahead.

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Mich. lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mich. state lawmaker Adam F. Zemke
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan lawmakers may soon consider whether to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy on minors. Legislation was introduced last week by state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) that would amend Michigan's mental health code to prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of ...

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S.C. to keep defending gay marriage ban despite appeals court ruling

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will continue to defend itself against a lawsuit over its ban on same-sex marriage despite a decision by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over the state that a similar gay marriage ban in Virginia is unconstitutional.

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N.C. attorney general to drop state’s defense of same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s attorney general says prosecutors will drop their opposition to challenges to the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the wake of a federal appeals court decision affecting a similar prohibition in Virginia. Attorney General Roy Cooper said at a news conference Monday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling means...

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Key West plaintiffs seek to appeal marriage ruling to Fla. Supreme Court

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Plintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
MIAMI -- Attorneys for two Key West men challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage want the Florida Supreme Court to take up the case. The lawyers representing the Monroe County couple filed a motion Monday asking that the ...

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U.S. appeals court rules Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit, and is the first to affect ...

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Colo. AG asks state’s high court to stop same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is trying again to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Suthers filed a motion with the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday asking it to order clerk Hillary Hall to stop providing the licenses. Both the Colorado Court of Appeals and a state judge in Boulder have refused his ...

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Gay children’s home worker fired for ‘lifestyle choices’

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Casey-Stegall
LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas man has been fired from his job at the Children’s Home of Lubbock for his “lifestyle choices” after introducing kids to his fiancé during a day trip earlier this month. Casey Stegall, an openly gay human development and family studies major at Texas Tech University, says he “got fired just for me being who I am,” reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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Lawmakers want Vikings to give Priefer stiffer penalty for anti-gay remarks

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- More than a dozen Twin Cities lawmakers are calling on the Minnesota Vikings to impose stiffer penalties on special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who admitted making anti-gay remarks in a conversation with former punter Chris Kluwe. The Vikings announced July 18 that Priefer would be suspended without pay for three games this season ...

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Fla. towing company owner charged with illegally towing cars during Gay Days

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Jason Combs is arrested for illegally towing cars during Florida's annual Gay Days last month.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Authorities have arrested a Florida towing company operator they say illegally towed cars during Orlando's 2014 Gay Days celebration. Orange County Sheriffs deputies arrested 45 year-old Jason Combs for towing more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9. The annual Gay Days festivities draw tens of thousands to the area.

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