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AIDS research team in Iowa loses $1.38M grant due to faked study results

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Dong-Pyou Han
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday. One of the members of the research team, Dong-Pyou Han, has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts...

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Wis. governor says son witnessing gay relative’s wedding not a policy statement

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
OREGON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his 19-year-old son's decision to act as a witness at the same-sex marriage of a relative is not a policy statement. Walker was asked Tuesday about his son Alex's decision to serve as a witness to the June 9 wedding in Waukesha County. The marriage was between the first cousin of Walker's wife Tonette and her female partner.

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Old Ill. marriage law disappoints many out-of-state same-sex couples

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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A provision in Illinois' marriage law is resulting in disappointment for many same-sex couples in neighboring states hoping to cross the border to obtain a marriage license. Enacted years before same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois, the law states law states that a marriage license is void if that couple is barred from marrying in the state where they live.

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Attorneys ask judge to decide Ariz. same-sex marriage case without trial

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona and a group of gay and lesbian couples who sued over the state's ban on same-sex marriage want a judge to decide the case without a trial. The attorneys told U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick on Monday they think he can instead rule based on arguments each side will file in the coming months.

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Attorney requests ruling in South Dakota same-sex marriage case

| Monday, July 7, 2014
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The attorney representing the six same-sex couples challenging South Dakota's gay marriage ban has asked a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling. Minneapolis-based attorney Joshua Newville filed the motion for summary judgment last week. In the same memorandum Newville included a response to the state’s motion to...

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Gay veteran sues Idaho cemetery for refusing burial with late wife

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Madelynn Taylor, 74, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner.
BOISE, Idaho -- A U.S. Navy veteran has filed a lawsuit against the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery for refusing to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner at the cemetery...

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County clerk asks Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Theresa Santai-Gaffney
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania county official has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend a federal ruling that allows gay couples to marry in the state. Theresa Santai-Gaffney, Schuylkill County’s register of wills and Orphans’ Court clerk, asked the high court on Thursday afternoon to stay the ruling while she pursues an appeal. Her request was...

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Key West couple’s challenge to Fla. same-sex marriage ban goes to court

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Plintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
KEY WEST, Fla. — A same-sex couple from Key West, Fla., are in court Monday for a hearing on their challenge to Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Aaron Huntsman, 43, and William Lee Jones, 42, filed suit in April in Monroe County after being refused a marriage license. The couple, bartenders at 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West, wanted to marry...

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Kansas same-sex marriage opponents to revive religious freedom debate

| Sunday, July 6, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas legislators will face renewed pressure next year to provide additional legal protections to those who want to avoid accommodating same-sex couples for religious reasons in the wake of federal courts nationwide invalidating state gay marriage bans. A "religious freedom" measure failed in the Legislature earlier this year...

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Colo. gay lawmakers want same-sex marriage ban overturned immediately

| Saturday, July 5, 2014
Sen. Pat Steadman is one of five openly gay lawmakers in Colorado.
DENVER -- Saying further delays are pointless, gay lawmakers Thursday called for Colorado's same-sex marriage ban to be declared unconstitutional and for such a ruling to be effective immediately. The lawmakers made the comments a day after Republican Attorney General John Suthers' asked a federal court in Denver for an injunction declaring Colorado's...

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