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Same-sex couples wed on the steps of historic Wichita, Kansas courthouse

Monday, November 17, 2014
People cheer as about 20 couples marry in a same-sex marriage ceremony on the steps of the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., Monday, Nov.17, 2014.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Gay and lesbian couples wed Monday evening on the steps of a historic courthouse in Wichita, even as officials elsewhere in Kansas refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex partners because the state Supreme Court has not yet signed off.

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N.Y. venue pays fine for refusing to host lesbian couple’s wedding, files appeal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A rural New York wedding venue's owners have paid a $13,000 fine for refusing to host a lesbian couple's wedding, and have since stopped booking marriage ceremonies while their case is appealed. Liberty Ridge Farm's owners, citing constitutional rights to free speech and religious freedom, have appealed the August ruling...

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Retired Mennonite pastor loses credentials over officiating gay son’s wedding

Monday, November 10, 2014
Chester Wenger (seated, right) and Sara Jane Wenger (seated, left) at the wedding of their son, Phil Wenger, (standing at right), and Steve Dinnocenti.
LANCASTER, Pa. -- A retired Mennonite pastor from Pennsylvania who has lost his credentials after officiating at his gay son's wedding says he hopes the church will someday be more accepting of gays and lesbians. Lancaster Online reports that 96-year-old Chester Wenger of East Lampeter Township wrote in a Mennonite Church USA publication...

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Court official defends directive that N.C. magistrates officiate gay weddings

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Judge John W. Smith
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The chief administrator of North Carolina's courts says magistrates are duty-bound to marry gay couples and says he finds no federal law or rulings that would exempt them based on religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage.

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Arizona destination resorts woo gay couples planning to marry

Saturday, November 1, 2014
unicipal Court Judge Kevin Kane, right, marries same-sex couple Tim Palak, 44, left, and Jason Bannecker, 39, of Phoenix on a balcony at Phoenix's City Hall on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, just hours after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
PHOENIX — Destination resorts across Arizona are broadening their marketing strategies since same-sex marriage became legal last month. Hotels in Phoenix, Sedona and elsewhere are offering discounts or tweaking their advertising to lure same-sex couples, reports the Arizona Republic.

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8 men convicted, sentenced to 3 years in jail for alleged gay wedding in Egypt

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Eight Egyptian men are convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays.
CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted eight men for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison. The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. The eight were detained in September...

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ACLU: Idaho chapel a religious corp., falls under religious exemption

Friday, October 24, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
BOISE, Idaho -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho says it will not challenge a northern Idaho wedding chapel's refusal to conduct same-sex marriages because the chapel falls under a religious exemption. Interim Executive Director Leo Morales said in a news conference Thursday that the Hitching Post became a religious corporation...

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Almost everything you’ve been told about the Idaho wedding chapel story is a lie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
The religious right is spewing hate and lies, claiming that two ministers are being forced to marry same-sex couples -- even claiming the ministers have been arrested. How is this possible? Two ministers, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, own a for-profit wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, but say they cannot marry same-sex couples because of their faith...

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Wedding chapel files lawsuit claiming non-discrimination ordinance is unconstitutional

Monday, October 20, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- An Idaho wedding chapel has filed a lawsuit against the City of Coeur d’Alene, claiming the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages.

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Elvis, other Las Vegas wedding chapels refuse to marry same-sex couples

Saturday, October 18, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Nevada, a number of Las Vegas wedding chapels are refusing to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples, despite a state public accommodations law that prohibits them from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

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