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U.S. House candidate apologizes for plagiarizing anti-gay marriage speech

Friday, October 24, 2014
Marilinda Garcia
CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican U.S. House candidate Marilinda Garcia has acknowledged she should have attributed parts of a speech she made on same-sex marriage. The statement came after the liberal advocacy group Granite State Progress pointed out several passages in the 2012 speech Garcia gave on the floor of the state House...

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Methodist panel hears appeal over pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer, center, and his son, Tim Schaefer, second from left, walk to a meeting of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Rev. Schaefer was suspended and defrocked in 2013 for officiating at his son’s wedding to another man.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was suspended and then defrocked last year following ...

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Wisconsin governor trumpets opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn't said much publicly about his positions on abortion or same-sex marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants.

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Would Texas AG have also defended his state’s ban on interracial marriage?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Greg Abbott
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has led his state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban, has repeatedly said his role is to defend state laws. So the question was posed, would Abbott have also fought to defend the old Texas law banning interracial marriages?

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Obama: ‘Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage’

Monday, October 20, 2014
Barack-Obama
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure.

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Ginsburg: ‘No crying need’ for the Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

Monday, October 20, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
NEW YORK -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday said there was "no need" for the high court to intervene on the issue of same-sex marriage. In an interview with NPR's Nina Totenburg at the famed 92nd Street Y in New York City, Ginsburg said the court declined to hear seven appeals challenging the marriage bans ...

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Arizona governor Jan Brewer: Same-sex marriage ruling ‘deeply troubling’

Friday, October 17, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
PHOENIX -- Arizona governor Jan Brewer on Friday said in a statement that federal courts have thwarted the will of voters and eroded the state’s power to regulate laws. Same-sex marriage become legal in Arizona after the state’s conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn’t challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for ...

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College to pay Dustin Lance Black $26,000 for rescinded invite

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Dustin Lance Black
PASADENA, Calif. -- A California community college has agreed to pay Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black $26,000 not to sue after the school rescinded an invitation to speak at commencement.

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LGBT groups cautiously cheer Catholic Church shift in tone toward gays

Friday, October 10, 2014
Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi as he arrives for an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- LGBT rights advocates are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward gays, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week. There is no discussion that church doctrine on homosexuality will change ...

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Christie says states should decide whether to allow same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 9, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a rally for Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett who is seeking a second term, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie says it shouldn't be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether states allow same-sex marriage. The Republican governor weighed in Thursday on the court's decision this week not to hear appeals from a handful of states, paving the way for a significant expansion across the country.

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