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Nevada revises foster care regulations to remove exclusion of people with HIV

| Friday, August 1, 2014
Nevada
LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) on Thursday revised its regulations concerning licensing prospective foster parents to remove a requirement that foster parents be free of a list of communicable diseases that included HIV.

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Language school fires blogger because article about ‘homophones’ sounds gay

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tim Torkildson
PROVO, Utah -- A blogger and social media specialist for a Provo, Utah-based English language learning center has been fired after writing an article explaining "homophones," because the school's owner said it created the perception the school promoted a gay agenda.

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Judge asked to lift stay in challenge to W.Va. same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
West-Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.V. -- Attorneys for three same-sex couples challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal judge to to lift a stay it had entered pending the decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in similar challenge in neighboring Virginia.

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Seattle nightclub arsonist sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Musab Masmari
SEATTLE -- A man who set fire to a crowded Seattle nightclub on New Year's Eve has been sentenced to 10 years in prison — twice what prosecutors asked. No one was injured when 31-year-old Musab Mohammed Masmari ignited gasoline in a stairwell at Neighbors, a gay nightclub, where more than 700 people were celebrating the holiday...

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Federal judge dismisses latest challenge to N.J. ban on gay conversion therapy

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
TRENTON, N.J. -- For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy. The ruling filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Trenton rejects the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking...

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AG wouldn’t defend partner registry, but will defend same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he stands by his decision not to defend Wisconsin's domestic partner registry. The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Thursday that the registry giving limited benefits to same-sex couples does not violate the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The registry was enacted ...

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Catholic Church fires music director over plans to marry same-sex partner

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Colin Collette, left, and Will Nifong, in Rome where the couple got engaged.
INVERNESS, Ill. -- The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner. Colin Collette says his partner proposed to him last week in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. After leading the music on Sunday ...

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Wis. Supreme Court upholds state’s domestic partner registry

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Entrance to the Wisconsin Supreme Court at the state capitol building in Madison.
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's domestic partner registry does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a unanimous decision that gay rights activists hailed as an important but intermediate step in legalizing same-sex marriage. Democratic lawmakers enacted the registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples...

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Same-sex couples denied marriage licenses in South Carolina county

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Greenville-SC-marriage-applicants
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county. The couples had expected their requests would be rejected Wednesday in Greenville County because the state's ban on same-sex marriage still stands. The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality's "We Do" project.

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Ark. officials asks federal court to keep same-sex marriage ban in place

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate state interest.

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