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Lead plaintiff at center of same-sex marriage ruling honors early gay rights protesters

Friday, July 3, 2015
Jim Obergefell, center, the man at the center of the landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, looks to Malcolm Lazin, right, with the Equality Forum, after they laid down a wreath at the Gay Pioneers historical marker across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Philadelphia. Some 40 activists picketed for gay rights on July Fourth in 1965 at the site.
Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man at the center of the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. ...

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Tennessee: All three clerks in Decatur County resign over opposition to same-sex marriage

Friday, July 3, 2015
Decatur County Courthouse in Decaturville, Tenn.
Officials in Decatur County, Tenn., say all three employees in the clerk's office have resigned because of their opposition to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage. ...

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North Dakota unlikely to expand anti-discrimination protection to include LGBT citizens

Friday, July 3, 2015
North Dakota state capitol in Bismark
North Dakota lawmakers have defeated legislation three times in the past six years to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. ...

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Montana’s unenforceable same‑sex marriage ban to remain in state constitution

Friday, July 3, 2015
Montana state capitol in Helena.
"Words do matter," said Niki Zupanic of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana. "Even though the ban can't be enforced any longer, keeping them on the books is sending the message that gay and lesbian citizens are second class." ...

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Report: Alabama counties now complying with same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Jessica Dent, left, and Carolee Taylor, right, show their marriage license at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Montgomery, Ala.
Lawyers representing same-sex couples said Thursday that all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land. ...

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Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135K for discriminating against same-sex couple

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Sweet-Cakes
The damages are for emotional suffering caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to bake a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer. ...

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Jackson, Wyo., mayor says she’s pushing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination measure

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Sara Flitner
The mayor of Jackson is pushing an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and says she expects to have a public hearing on it in coming weeks. ...

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Arkansas GOP working on new anti-gay marriage religious protections

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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Arkansas state Senate Republicans are working on legislation to reinforce protections for religious organizations in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. ...

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Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Kim Davis
Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry. ...

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Kansas governor pondering same-sex marriage ‘religious objections’ legislation

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration's cautious response to the ruling. ...

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