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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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Judge won’t lift stay in Fla. Keys same-sex marriage ruling

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Marriage equality supports gather outside a Florida courthouse on July 2, 2014.
MIAMI -- A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional has denied a request to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County over a pending state appeal.

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Georgia AG wants same-sex marriage challenge dismissed

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Sam Olens
ATLANTA — Georgia’s attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Attorney General Sam Olens said in a filing on Monday that the suit takes away Georgia residents’ right to define marriage. Lambda Legal filed the suit in April on behalf of seven people...

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Idaho ‘Add the Words’ gay rights activists sentenced for peaceful protests

| Monday, July 21, 2014
John Miller, APAbout two dozen protesters seeking to convince Idaho lawmakers to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to the state's Human Rights Act block the entrances to the Idaho Senate in Boise on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At a similar protest on Feb. 3, 44 demonstrators were arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
BOISE, Idaho -- Nearly two dozen gay rights activists who were arrested after they blocked doorways in the Idaho Statehouse are set to be sentenced in Boise's 4th District Court. The 23 defendants took part in the peaceful protests earlier this year to urge lawmakers to add legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents in Idaho's Human Rights Act..

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Judge asked to lift stay in Fla. Keys same-sex marriage ruling

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Aaron Huntsman, left, and William Lee Jones, right, embrace during a celebration Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Key West, Fla. Jones and Hunstman and about 100 other people marked a Florida Keys judge's ruling overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.
MIAMI -- A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional was asked Monday to permit gay couples to marry in Monroe County despite a pending state appeal. The motion was filed Monday morning with Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia by attorneys for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, a pair of Key West ...

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Suspect in ‘execution-style’ murders of two Seattle gay men captured in N.J.

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
SEATTLE -- The suspect in the murder of two gay men in Seattle last month has been arrested in New Jersey, according to Seattle police. Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, was taken into custody in West Orange, N.J. on Friday. No additional details about the arrest have been provided. Earlier this month, prosecutors in King County, Wash., filed aggravated murder charges ...

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U.S. Supreme Court delays benefits for Utah same-sex couples

| Friday, July 18, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- More than 1,000 same-sex married couples in Utah must wait longer for state benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay on an order requiring it to recognize the marriages. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued the order Friday afternoon, saying the stay will remain in place pending the outcome of the appeal to the ...

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Colo. Supreme Court orders Denver to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, July 18, 2014
The Colorado Supreme Court in Denver.
DENVER -- Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered Denver's clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while while the state's ban against the unions remains in place. The two-page ruling noted that a judge who earlier this month ruled the ban was unconstitutional stayed his decision pending appeal, meaning the prohibition remains active.

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Utah governor will follow Supreme Court ruling on marriage recognition

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says if the U.S. Supreme Court decides not to extend an order preventing more than 1,000 same-sex couples from getting state benefits, Utah will recognize the marriages. Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter said Friday that the governor has said Utah will abide by any final ruling but he believes the larger legal challenge...

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

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Oklahoma
DENVER -- A federal appeals court ruling Friday that Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional spurred celebration among gay rights activists but sparked sharp anger among Republican leaders in a conservative state that prides itself on being the buckle of the nation's Bible Belt. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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