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Detroit police investigating three shootings against LGBT residents

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Palmer-Park-Detroit
DETROIT -- Police in Detroit, Mich., are investigating three potentially related violent crimes against LGBT people in the city's sprawling Palmer Park. The attacks have left one victim dead and two others injured after a series of shootings in recent weeks.

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Fla. AG defends fight against same-sex marriage: ‘I’m just getting started’

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is defending her fight against five state and federal court rulings declaring the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional. Appearing before a group of Republican supporters Thursday -- just hours after a federal judge ruled against the ban -- Bondi said she took an oath "to defend the Constitution of the state of Florida"...

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Minn. lodge to pay for gay couple’s wedding after initially turning them away

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. The Minnesota Human Rights Department says Cole Frey and his fiance have settled their discrimination case against the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation. The Rice Creek Lodge is a ...

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Mich. same-sex couples seek state recognition of their marriages

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Michigan
DETROIT -- A lawyer urged a judge Thursday to order Michigan to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window in March, saying the unions were valid even if a higher court eventually reinstates the state's ban on gay marriage. "The state cannot mandatorily divorce you," University of Michigan law professor Julian Mortenson said during a...

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Appeals court extends stay of Colo. same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage isn't coming to Colorado yet. A federal appeals court on Thursday extended a stay on a ruling from last month that found the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the court has stayed similar rulings in other states. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed an analogous ruling from ...

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Federal judge strikes down Florida same-sex marriage ban, ruling stayed

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection...

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Owensboro, Ky., delays considering LGBT ordinance until things ‘cool down’

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Owensboro-KY
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Officials in Owensboro, Ky., have decided to put off considering a LGBT rights ordinance for at least a year. Mayor Ron Payne told the Messenger-Inquirer that things need to “cool down” before the City Commission discusses the issue. The so-called fairness ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Cuomo calls on N.Y. legislature to outlaw gender identity discrimination

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state's civil rights law alongside race, religion and disability. In a letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda dated Tuesday, Cuomo said transgender people face significant ...

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Transgender teen struggling with depression, gender identity commits suicide

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Riley Matthew Moscatel
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A transgender teen was killed when an Amtrak train hit him Monday afternoon in what officials are ruling a suicide. Officials say Riley Matthew Moscatel, 17, of Croydon, Pa. stepped in front of the oncoming passenger train around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, and that the train traveled about a mile before it was able to come to a complete.

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Judge blasts Ind. governor for contradicting himself on gay marriage

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence contradicted himself on same-sex marriage, telling the court he had no power to enforce Indiana's gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex ...

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