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Report: Marriage equality would add $2 million to Wyo. economy

| Sunday, September 21, 2014
wyoming
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Wyoming would generate an estimated $2.4 million in spending to the state’s economy, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 657 same-sex couples live in Wyoming...

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Marriage equality supporters condemn use of kids’ photos at anti-gay rally

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, opponents of gay marriage hold a rally the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Utah are condemning opponents they accuse of exploiting the children of same-sex couples by using their photos as propaganda at an anti-gay marriage rally. Leaders of Utah Celebration of Marriage projected the images on a screen at a rally held Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda to show support ...

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Marriage equality coalition asks DOJ to recognize 3 state’s same-sex unions

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group of more than 50 groups supporting marriage equality, on Friday asked the U.S Department of Justice to ensure federal recognition of same-sex couples who were legally married in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin after those bans were declared unconstitutional.

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Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling to end same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lambda Legal has filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, seeking a summary judgment to end the U.S. commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. García Padilla, in June on behalf of five same-sex couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents ...

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Same-sex marriage opponents hold rally at Utah state capitol

| Friday, September 19, 2014
In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, opponents of same-sex marriage hold a rally the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Several hundred people gathered to show their opposition to increasingly widespread acceptance of gay marriage Thursday at the Utah State Capitol, lamenting the harm done to children raised by gay and lesbian parents. They held signs declaring "biology is not bigotry" and "two moms don't equal a dad," The Salt Lake Tribune reported...

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S.D. man left bloody, bruised after telling woman not to use gay slur

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Drew Bartscher
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A South Dakota man says he was just doing the right thing when told a passer-by on the street not to use anti-gay slurs, but what happened next left him bloody and bruised. Drew Bartscher, 27, says he was in crowd with two of his friends outside a tavern in Sioux Falls early Sunday morning when he heard a woman use a derogatory term for gays.

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Church denies Communion to married, same-sex couple; suggests they divorce

| Friday, September 19, 2014
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lewistown, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after a new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off a split that has cut attendance at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown...

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Va. House Republicans aim to hire lawyer to defend same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday approved a resolution that includes language that would allow the branch to hire legal counsel to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, something Attorney General Mark Herring has chosen not to do.

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Transgender teen crowned Homecoming King at Texas high school

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Homecoming King Mel Gonzales (right) with Queen Mercedes Mackay (left).
HOUSTON -- A Houston-area high school is the latest to crown a transgender teen as homecoming royalty. Mel Gonzales, a transgender student at at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas, was crowned Homecoming King last week.

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Hotels turn away Uganda president amid threats to protest Dallas visit

| Friday, September 19, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
DALLAS -- At least two Texas hotels have turned away Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, over planned protests due to his country’s anti-gay laws. The Dallas Voice reports that the Four Seasons Hotel in Irving canceled Museveni’s reservation, and that Marriott’s Gaylord Texan hotel in Grapevine refused to host Museveni as well.

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