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California’s ‘Modern Family Act’ aims to bring family law into 21st century

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for "Leave it to Beaver"-era families. Jason Patric, star of "The Lost Boys," has been seeking custody rights over...

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Marriage equality would help Nev. domestic violence program funding

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Marriage equality advocates in Nevada have an unlikely fiscal ally: domestic violence programs. That's because the only state-allocated source of domestic violence program funding comes from a $25 surcharge on each Nevada-issued marriage license. Revenue from that surcharge has dropped over the past decade as marriage rates ...

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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the...

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Alaska Supreme Court allows same-sex partners access to survivor benefits

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled unanimously that the same-sex partner of a person killed on the job should have access to the protection of Alaska’s workers’ compensation law. The ruling came in Harris v. Millennium Hotel, a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal seeking survivor benefits for Deborah Harris, the same-sex partner of ...

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Colo. appeals court refuses to stop Boulder’s same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, July 25, 2014
Hillary Hall
DENVER -- The Colorado Court of Appeals has denied state Attorney General John Suthers' request to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The court issued its ruling Thursday evening, saying Suthers didn't establish the factors required to reverse a ruling that allowed clerk Hillary Hall to issue such licenses. The court did not...

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Briefs piling up from same-sex marriage opponents in Ind., Wis. appeals

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Opponents of same-sex marriage cited political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings. At least 20 briefs have been filed in the case that's currently before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including...

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Fired newspaper editor who blogged about gays’ ‘sinful nature’ files lawsuit

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
Bob Eschliman
NEWTON, Iowa — The former editor of the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa, filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on his personal blog. Bob Eschliman claims religious discrimination and retaliation in the complaint.

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Ariz. says marriage ban justified because same-sex couples can’t reproduce

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona say in court documents that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is justified because same-sex couples cannot reproduce without the help of a third person. In documents filed Wednesday in a federal challenge to the constitutional ban approved by voters in 2008, the state says it public purpose in regulating private relationships...

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Federal judge strikes down Colo. gay marriage ban, orders temporary stay

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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DENVER -- A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling Wednesday was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced.

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Wis. AG tells appeals court same-sex marriage isn’t a fundamental right

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause doesn't apply in cases involving sexual orientation and there's no fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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