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Sides square off in court over Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Marriage equality supporters rally outside a Miami-Dad courthouse on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, where a judge was holding a hearing on a challenge to Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the state of Florida and proponents of so-called traditional marriage squared off Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage enshrined in the state constitution by voters in 2008. Like similar cases filed across the country, the Florida gay couples' lawsuit contends that the ban is discriminatory ...

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Boulder won’t back down on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Hillary Hall Clerk of Boulder County Colorado talks to the media during a press conference regarding her office continuing to issue same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday July 1, 2014.
DENVER -- Boulder County's clerk will continue issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite warnings from Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to stop, telling him in a letter Wednesday that failing to give the couples licenses would violate their constitutional rights. The letter is the latest volley in a legal back-and-forth between County Clerk Hillary Hall...

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Recount confirms Pocatello voters approved non-discrimination ordinance

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Pocatello
POCATELLO, Idaho — A recount has confirmed a May vote by Pocatello residents retaining an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The recount on Friday was done at the request of a group opposed to the city ordinance approved by the Pocatello City Council in June 2013 and backed by voters on May 20.

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N.H. Supreme Court sides with birth mother’s ex-partner in custody case

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
New Hampshire Supreme  Court in Concord, N.H.
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the ex-partner of a 12-year-old's girl's birth mother has made her case to be considered a parent under the law. The unanimous ruling makes New Hampshire the fourth state in the country to extend parental protections to same-sex parents, including a parent with no biological tie to the child.

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Scientist pleads not guilty to faking HIV vaccine study

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Dong-Pyou Han
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding. Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements during his initial court appearance in Des Moines federal court.

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N.D. state officials want challenge to same-sex marriage ban dismissed

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- State officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Dakota's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, despite a wave of court decisions in other states striking down such bans.

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Miami court to hear challenge to Fla. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Plaintiffs in Equality Florida’s challenge to Florida’s gay marriage ban.
MIAMI -- Attorneys for six same-sex couples, the Equality Florida Institute and the state of Florida are squaring off at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel is scheduled Wednesday afternoon to hear arguments in the high-profile case.

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N.C. excludes LGBT protections in governor’s employment executive order

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory passed over protections for LGBT workers in signing a new executive order today barring employment discrimination for state workers. Statewide LGBT advocates are condemning the exclusion and are insisting the governor revisit the new order. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the governor continues...

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Wyoming same-sex couples seek ruling allowing marriage equality

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Four same-sex couples who have sued to gain the right to marry in Wyoming are asking a judge to immediately rule in their favor after a recent ruling by a federal appeals court. The couples filed suit in March in state district court in Cheyenne. They filed a motion for summary judgment Tuesday.

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Burger King sells ‘Proud Whopper’ in San Francisco

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Burger King
NEW YORK -- Burger King is celebrating gay pride with a message on its Whopper wrappers. The fast-food chain says it will post a video online Wednesday that shows scenes from a San Francisco location where it sold a "Proud Whopper." Customers were not told what is in the burger, which comes wrapped in rainbow paper. Once opened up, a message inside ...

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