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Minn. lodge to pay for gay couple’s wedding after initially turning them away

| Friday, August 22, 2014
Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. The Minnesota Human Rights Department says Cole Frey and his fiance have settled their discrimination case against the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation. The Rice Creek Lodge is a ...

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Mennonite pastor under scrutiny for presiding over same-sex wedding

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Karl Shelly
GOSHEN, Ind. -- Two Mennonite conferences will review the credentials of a Goshen pastor who presided over the marriage of a same-sex couple in violation of the religion's rules. Assembly Mennonite Church Pastor Karl Shelly wrote in a statement he submitted to the Indiana-Michigan conference that he performed the service in May after determining that ...

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S.C. businesses roll out the red carpet for ‘Big Gay’ wedding celebration

| Friday, August 15, 2014
Charleston, S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gay rights advocates hope the buzz surrounding a "Big, Gay 'I Do'" wedding celebration in Charleston will show how much money South Carolina's businesses are losing to the state's ban on same-sex marriage. With federal courts overturning similar bans in other states, advocates in a city that's already one of the nation's top wedding locales decided to...

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The power of witness

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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I could tell you about the years that I have spent in prayerful study and discernment learning the facts about homosexuality. I could give you psychological, biological, theological, and biblical arguments to support my decisions and actions. I could do those things. But I won’t. Many times, a powerful testimony is all the proof we need to accept that someone has, in fact, encountered the risen Christ. So my purpose here is not to give arguments, it’s to give testimony...

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OSCE Ambassador Daniel Baer marries partner in Vienna

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Daniel Baer and Brian Walsh
Daniel Baer, the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), married his partner Brian Walsh in Vienna, Austria on Saturday. Baer is the seventh openly LGBT person appointed by President Barack Obama and the first to a multilateral institution.

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Veteran NBA referee Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Referee Violet Palmer explains a call to Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, not shown, as Cleveland Cavaliers' Lester Hudson (14) looks on during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland in 2012.
Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. "This is actually the big formal coming out," Palmer said. "We are saying to the world...

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Marriage equality would help Nev. domestic violence program funding

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Marriage equality advocates in Nevada have an unlikely fiscal ally: domestic violence programs. That's because the only state-allocated source of domestic violence program funding comes from a $25 surcharge on each Nevada-issued marriage license. Revenue from that surcharge has dropped over the past decade as marriage rates ...

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‘Refrocking’ of Methodist minister who officiated gay son’s wedding appealed

| Friday, July 18, 2014
United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer smiles after a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA -- A Methodist minister ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday that a church official is appealing his refrocking. The Rev. Frank Schaefer said he is disappointed to learn of the appeal, but not surprised. Schaefer is moving to a California diocese this week after his decision to officiate at his son's 2007 ...

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Review board concludes: No same-sex ceremonies allowed at Ohio Statehouse

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A board has maintained a policy preventing same-sex couples and others without valid Ohio wedding licenses from renting the Ohio Statehouse and its grounds for weddings and receptions. A spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, which oversees the Statehouse building and grounds, says a committee reviewed ...

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Colo. baker appeals order that he provide wedding cakes for gay couples

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
Jack Phillips
DENVER -- A Lakewood, Colo., baker is appealing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's order that he prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Jack Phillips on Wednesday asked the Court of Appeals to reverse the May ruling by the Civil Rights Commission. Phillips was sued by a same-sex couple after he refused to make a cake to celebrate their wedding in 2012.

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