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Report: Marriage equality would add $181 million, new jobs to Texas economy

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Texas
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Texas would generate an estimated $181.6 million in spending to the state’s economy and generate over 1,500 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data — 46,401 same-sex couples...

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UPDATE: Fla. appeals court won’t lift stay in same-sex marriage case

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court will not overturn a judge's order that is blocking a Florida Keys gay couple from getting married. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday refused to invalidate a Monroe County judge's decision preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones and other gay couples...

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Federal judge in La. same-sex marriage case says no more arguments needed

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in Louisiana says he doesn't need to hear any more arguments in the case of a same-sex couple challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and has signaled he is prepared to rule the ban's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard arguments in June regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions ...

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Attorney asks judge to bypass trial and issue ruling in N.D. gay marriage case

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Minneapolis attorney representing the seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota's gay marriage ban is asking a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling. Attorney Joshua Newville filed a motion for summary judgment late Tuesday while also responding to the state's motion to dismiss the case.

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Federal judge likely to strike down Colo. gay marriage ban, but considering stay

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- A federal judge in Denver is expected to rule Wednesday whether Colorado's same-sex marriage ban should be overturned immediately, or if the issue should be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore's decision will be in response to a lawsuit by six gay couples who want an injunction declaring Colorado's ban ...

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Ind. plaintiffs object to full-court hearing on same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana's overthrown same-sex marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state's appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference. Those representing gay couples who want the ban overturned permanently – the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, ...

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MSU gets anonymous $1 million gift to expand LGBT center’s programs

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Mich-State-University
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- An anonymous gift of $1 million will expand programs at Michigan State University's Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center. The East Lansing school announced Tuesday that the money comes from the estates of a Michigan State alumnus and his partner.

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Man sentenced in death of 2-year-old daughter he tried to turn gay

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Donovan Haynes
FLINT, Mich. -- A Michigan man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for biting and beating his two-year-old daughter to death in what officials said was an attempt to make her gay. Donovan Haynes, 23, was sentenced Monday to roughly 18 to 40 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder of his daughter, Ti'Airra Woodward, in July 2011.

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Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban heads to federal court

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The six couples who filed a federal lawsuit seeking to end the ban on same-sex marriages in Colorado hold a news conference in Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
DENVER -- A Denver federal judge is set to hear arguments Tuesday from six gay couples seeking to overturn Colorado's same-sex marriage ban. The couples are asking for an injunction declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, allowing clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Attorney General John Suthers isn't opposing the injunction...

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Pueblo County, Colo., ‘reluctantly’ stops issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz talks about his decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, July 11, 2014, at the county courthouse in Pueblo, Colo.
PUEBLO, Colo. -- Boulder County is the last remaining county in Colorado still issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after Pueblo County stopped issuing the licenses Monday afternoon. KUSA-TV reports that Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday afternoon after receiving a cease and desist ...

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