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

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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A federal appeals court in Richmond has ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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Colo. AG asks state’s high court to stop same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is trying again to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Suthers filed a motion with the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday asking it to order clerk Hillary Hall to stop providing the licenses. Both the Colorado Court of Appeals and a state judge in Boulder have refused his ...

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Gay children’s home worker fired for ‘lifestyle choices’

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Casey-Stegall
LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas man has been fired from his job at the Children’s Home of Lubbock for his “lifestyle choices” after introducing kids to his fiancé during a day trip earlier this month. Casey Stegall, an openly gay human development and family studies major at Texas Tech University, says he “got fired just for me being who I am,” reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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Lawmakers want Vikings to give Priefer stiffer penalty for anti-gay remarks

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Mike Priefer
MINNEAPOLIS -- More than a dozen Twin Cities lawmakers are calling on the Minnesota Vikings to impose stiffer penalties on special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who admitted making anti-gay remarks in a conversation with former punter Chris Kluwe. The Vikings announced July 18 that Priefer would be suspended without pay for three games this season ...

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Fla. towing company owner charged with illegally towing cars during Gay Days

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Jason Combs is arrested for illegally towing cars during Florida's annual Gay Days last month.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Authorities have arrested a Florida towing company operator they say illegally towed cars during Orlando's 2014 Gay Days celebration. Orange County Sheriffs deputies arrested 45 year-old Jason Combs for towing more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9. The annual Gay Days festivities draw tens of thousands to the area.

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California’s ‘Modern Family Act’ aims to bring family law into 21st century

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for "Leave it to Beaver"-era families. Jason Patric, star of "The Lost Boys," has been seeking custody rights over...

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Marriage equality would help Nev. domestic violence program funding

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
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LAS VEGAS — Marriage equality advocates in Nevada have an unlikely fiscal ally: domestic violence programs. That's because the only state-allocated source of domestic violence program funding comes from a $25 surcharge on each Nevada-issued marriage license. Revenue from that surcharge has dropped over the past decade as marriage rates ...

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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the...

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Alaska Supreme Court allows same-sex partners access to survivor benefits

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled unanimously that the same-sex partner of a person killed on the job should have access to the protection of Alaska’s workers’ compensation law. The ruling came in Harris v. Millennium Hotel, a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal seeking survivor benefits for Deborah Harris, the same-sex partner of ...

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Colo. appeals court refuses to stop Boulder’s same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, July 25, 2014
Hillary Hall
DENVER -- The Colorado Court of Appeals has denied state Attorney General John Suthers' request to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The court issued its ruling Thursday evening, saying Suthers didn't establish the factors required to reverse a ruling that allowed clerk Hillary Hall to issue such licenses. The court did not...

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