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ACLU challenges North Carolina GOP leaders’ gay marriage appeal

Monday, November 17, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lawyers for several gay couples say in a legal filing that North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders shouldn't be allowed to appeal rulings that legalized gay marriage in the state. In a filing Friday in federal court, lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union challenge the ability of ...

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Same-sex couples file suit challenging Nebraska gay marriage ban

Monday, November 17, 2014
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Seven same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday asking the state of Nebraska to recognize their marriages and challenging the constitutionality of the state's ban. American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad said it's time for the state to extend the freedom to marry to all of its citizens.

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Mich. lawyers say appeals court ruling voids more than 300 same-sex marriages

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Marsha Caspar, 51, left, and Glenna DeJong, 53, of Lansing, Mich., sign documents March 22, 2014, before they were married at the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason, Mich.
DETROIT -- Attorneys for the state of Michigan argued on Friday that a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage invalidates the unions of 300 same-sex couples who were married earlier this year.

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Lambda Legal, ACLU ask U.S. Supreme Court to review Ohio marriage ruling

Friday, November 14, 2014
Gay marriage supporters rally outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling upholding same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states. The Sixth Circuit is the only federal circuit court to depart from recent decisions by the...

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Nebraska governor says state will fight same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Gov. Dave Heineman (R-Neb.)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Gov. Dave Heineman says Nebraska will defend itself against an expected legal challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The Republican governor said Wednesday that Nebraska will "not take a pass" on the lawsuit, which the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska plans to file next week.

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Judge orders Kansas to allow same-sex marriage, state gets one week to appeal

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A federal judge has ordered Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry, but he delayed enforcement of the order until next week to give the state time to appeal. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday barring the state from enforcing its constitutional ban starting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, pending...

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Judge to hold hearing Friday in challenge to Kansas same-sex marriage ban

Friday, October 31, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A federal judge is to hear a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage. The hearing Friday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas, is on the ACLU's request for an order to force Kansas to allow gay marriages.

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Federal judge schedules new hearing in challenge to Kansas gay marriage ban

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal judge has rescheduled a hearing for arguments over whether he should order Kansas to allow same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has scheduled a hearing for Friday, Oct. 31, at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. A previous hearing scheduled for Oct. 24 was cancelled.

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Westboro Baptist Church seeks to defend Kansas same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 27, 2014
Westboro Baptist Church members demonstrate against gay rights
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” demonstrations, is seeking to intervene as defendants in a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage.

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Rhode Island drops surgery requirement for transgender birth certificate changes

Monday, October 27, 2014
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Civil liberties advocates are praising the state of Rhode Island for making it easier for transgender residents to change their gender designation on their birth certificates.

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