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Utah asks U.S. Supreme Court to delay benefits to married same-sex couples

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a stay that's preventing more than 1,000 same-sex couples from getting state benefits. Utah filed its appeal Wednesday, arguing that benefits should be delayed while the larger issue of the marriage ban makes its way through the courts.

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Ohio AG tells appeals court gay marriage decision should be left to voters

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
CINCINNATI -- The Ohio Attorney General's Office urged a federal appeals court to reject arguments that the state should have to recognize same-sex marriage, saying the decision should be left to voters. The arguments, filed Tuesday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, are a preview of what's to come on Aug. 6, when a three-judge panel...

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First Mississippi mayor announces his support for marriage equality

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
David Garcia
WAVELAND, Miss. -- Waveland mayor David Garcia has announced his support for same-sex marriage, marking the first time a sitting mayor in the state of Mississippi has publicly supported marriage equality. Garcia has added his name to "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry," a nationwide effort consisting of more than 450 U.S. mayors advocating for marriage equality.

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Couples ask federal judge to strike down Ark. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Attorneys for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment ...

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Wis. files new request seeking full court review of same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin attorneys have asked the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear their arguments on upholding the state's gay marriage ban. Federal judges have struck down bans in both Wisconsin and Indiana. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated both states' appeals last week. Ten judges sit on the 7th Circuit but three-judge panels ...

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Wis. Democratic lawmakers ask Walker to drop same-sex marriage appeal

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Democrats are asking Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to drop their defense of the state's gay marriage ban, arguing it's a waste of money. Fifteen Democratic state senators and 25 Democratic representatives sent letters to Walker and Van Hollen on Wednesday.

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N.C. pastors call on governor to defend state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pastors from across North Carolina gathered Tuesday to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to defend the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the face of lawsuits from same-sex couples in the state and around the country. When McCrory, a Republican, ran for governor in 2012, he supported the state amendment that defined marriage ...

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Federal judge considers separate Colorado same-sex marriage challenge

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- A federal judge says he will decide by July 25 whether to order Colorado to immediately allow same-sex couples to marry. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore is presiding over a lawsuit against the state's samesex marriage ban. There is no dispute that he will find that the ban is unconstitutional. The only disagreement is whether he should...

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Gay GOP candidate for U.S. House faces criticism from opposing camps

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
California Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he’s the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.
WASHINGTON -- Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations. He's too open about his sexual orientation for some social conservatives, but too far to the right and too quiet on social issues ...

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Retired Methodist pastor commits suicide to protest racism, homophobia

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Rev. Charles Moore
A retired United Methodist pastor who spent much of his life fighting against racial injustice, homophobia and the death penalty, has committed suicide in what was intended as a final protest and an act to inspire change. Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in the parking lot of a strip mall in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas...

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