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Texas gubernatorial candidate calls on AG to stop defending gay marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
AP Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is the leading Democratic candidate for governor.
SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports same-sex marriage and called on her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman.

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Texas court reverses decision that voided transgender widow’s marriage

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Nikki Araguz
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.

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Ind. constitutional gay marriage ban will not go before voters this year

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was called for second-reading in the Indiana state Senate on Thursday and no amendments were presented.

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Advocacy group files lawsuit challenging Alabama same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Thursday announced a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama laws that refuse to recognize lawful same-sex marriages.

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Nevada’s decision not to defend gay marriage ban creates uncertainty

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.), a former federal judge and attorney general, says Nevada's gay marriage ban "is no longer defensible in court."
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's decision not to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage leaves a conservative group that pushed for the constitutional amendment to carry on the legal fight alone before a federal appeals court.

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Anti-gay preacher rejected for coaching job at Ohio public high school

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Dave Daubenmire
HEBRON, Ohio — The founder of a Christian ministry whose online commentary rails against a “sissified” America and dismisses bullying as “the way of the world” was rejected Wednesday night as the next football coach at an Ohio public high school.

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Groups organizing ballot push to repeal Nevada same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
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LAS VEGAS — Several groups are organizing a push to get the Legislature in 2015 and voters in 2016 to change the Nevada constitution to allow same-sex marriages, while a federal court prepares to hear a legal challenge against the state's constitutional ban.

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Complaint alleges BlueCross BlueShield policy targets people with HIV

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
BCBS-La
NEW ORLEANS -- Lambda Legal has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights against BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana (BCBS) after the state's largest insurer stopped accepting federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) subsidies for low-income Louisianans living with HIV.

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Idaho House takes ‘thoughtful pause’ on bill to allow religious discrimination

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.
BOISE, Idaho — While a similar billed sailed through the Kansas state House on Wednesday, Idaho lawmakers sidetracked a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay customers based on their religious beliefs.

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Openly gay Oklahoma state senator to run for U.S. Congress

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Al-McAffrey
OKLAHOMA CITY — A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City says he plans to run for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

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