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Jacksonville law firm to host weddings after courthouse shuts couples out

Saturday, January 3, 2015
Jacksonville attorneys Shannon Schott and Belkis Plata
The firm says it will open it offices to couples who need a place to wed after the Duval County courthouse announced it would close its doors to all weddings rather than allow same-sex ceremonies. [...]

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Dominican government won’t recognize same-sex marriage performed at Embassy

Thursday, January 1, 2015
The statement comes two days after the British embassy tweeted that a Dominican man and his British partner had exchanged vows in its Santo Domingo offices. [...]

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Egypt reduces sentences of 8 men convicted for taking part in alleged gay wedding

Saturday, December 27, 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.
An Egyptian appeals court has upheld the conviction of eight men for "inciting debauchery" for appearing in an alleged same-sex wedding video, but reduced their sentences from three to one year in prison. [...]

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Entertainer, former ‘N Sync band member Lance Bass marries artist Michael Turchin

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Michael Turchin (left) and Lance Bass
The couple married Saturday at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles before 300 guests. [...]

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Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Elton John and David Furnish exchange wedding vows on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. [...]

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Judge asked to rule against florist who refused services for gay couple’s wedding

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash.
The case against Barronelle Stutzman, 68, and her shop, Arlene's Flowers, stems from a complaint that she refused to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's 2013 wedding. [...]

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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
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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