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Md. gay teen achieves Eagle Scout rank under gay-inclusive Boy Scouts

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Luis M. Alvarez, APPascal Tessier, left, a gay Boy Scout, receives his Eagle Scout badge from Troop 52 Scoutmaster Don Beckham, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Md. Tessier, of Maryland, has become one of the first openly gay scouts to reach the highest rank of Eagle, following a policy change to allow gay youth in the Boy Scouts of America.
CHEVY CHASE, Md. -- Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

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Kan. House gives initial OK on bill to allow discrimination against gay couples

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill aimed at protecting people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to provide goods or services for gay weddings.

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Poll: Most Kentuckians still oppose same-sex marriage, yet gap narrows

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky -- Nearly a decade after 74 percent of Kentuckians voted for a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriages and civil unions, a new poll finds than margin narrowing.

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Wis. AG candidate says he won’t defend same-sex marriage ban if elected

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Jon Richards
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A Democratic candidate for Wisconsin attorney general is starting a petition calling on the state's Department of Justice to stop defending the Wisconsin's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Nevada says it will no longer defend its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- In an about-face, Nevada has decided against defending its constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, the latest step in a series of battles being waged across the nation on the volatile issue.

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Laramie lawmaker introduces bill to allow same-sex marriage in Wyoming

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A Laramie lawmaker is pushing legislation to change Wyoming state law to allow same-sex marriages.

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Protesters calling for statewide LGBT protections arrested at Utah capitol

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APA Utah Highway Patrol trooper informs protesters who blocked the doors to the higher education committee hearing of their arrest Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. The protesters called for a statewide anti-discrimination law that protects sexual or gender orientation.
SALT LAKE CITY — About a dozen protesters calling for a statewide anti-discrimination law that includes sexual and gender orientation protections were arrested Monday after blocking the doors to a committee meeting room at the Utah Capitol.

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Ind. Senate panel advances same-sex marriage ban, sends bill to full Senate

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana Senate committee voted 8-4 Monday evening, along party lines, in favor of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, setting up a Senate battle on the issue later this week.

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Mormon church, religious groups weigh in on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, February 10, 2014
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of religious organizations has come together to urge a federal appeals court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society.

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Protesters block Utah governor’s office in call for statewide LGBT protections

| Monday, February 10, 2014
LGBT rights advocates  block the doors to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's main office on Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY -- About 15 protesters are blocking the doors to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's main office on Monday to call for a statewide anti-discrimination law that protect sexual or gender orientation.

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