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Fired newspaper editor who blogged about gays’ ‘sinful nature’ files lawsuit

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
Bob Eschliman
NEWTON, Iowa — The former editor of the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa, filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on his personal blog. Bob Eschliman claims religious discrimination and retaliation in the complaint.

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Ariz. says marriage ban justified because same-sex couples can’t reproduce

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona say in court documents that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is justified because same-sex couples cannot reproduce without the help of a third person. In documents filed Wednesday in a federal challenge to the constitutional ban approved by voters in 2008, the state says it public purpose in regulating private relationships...

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Federal judge strikes down Colo. gay marriage ban, orders temporary stay

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling Wednesday was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced.

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Wis. AG tells appeals court same-sex marriage isn’t a fundamental right

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause doesn't apply in cases involving sexual orientation and there's no fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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Colo. judge again refuses to stop Boulder same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Boulder-CO
BOULDER, Colo. -- A Colorado state judge has again refused to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. In an order issued Wednesday and included in the file of a pending federal lawsuit on same-sex marriage, Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman denied Attorney General John Suthers’ request to put his previous ruling in favor of clerk Hillary Hall on hold.

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N.Y. agencies collecting data on gender identity to improve LGBT services

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Paul Hamilton
ALBANY, N.Y. -- State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will help the state better meet the needs of LGBT New Yorkers. A new report Wednesday identified eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics.

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Report: Marriage equality would add $181 million, new jobs to Texas economy

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Texas
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Texas would generate an estimated $181.6 million in spending to the state’s economy and generate over 1,500 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data — 46,401 same-sex couples...

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UPDATE: Fla. appeals court won’t lift stay in same-sex marriage case

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court will not overturn a judge's order that is blocking a Florida Keys gay couple from getting married. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday refused to invalidate a Monroe County judge's decision preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones and other gay couples...

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Federal judge in La. same-sex marriage case says no more arguments needed

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in Louisiana says he doesn't need to hear any more arguments in the case of a same-sex couple challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and has signaled he is prepared to rule the ban's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard arguments in June regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions ...

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Attorney asks judge to bypass trial and issue ruling in N.D. gay marriage case

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Minneapolis attorney representing the seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota's gay marriage ban is asking a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling. Attorney Joshua Newville filed a motion for summary judgment late Tuesday while also responding to the state's motion to dismiss the case.

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