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Federal judge who struck down Kentucky same-sex marriage ban dies

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II died Wednesday. He was 66. [...]

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Kentucky judge rules in favor of printer that refused to print t‑shirts for pride event

Monday, April 27, 2015
The shirts were to display the pride logo (seen above) on the front, and the names of event sponsors on the reverse.
The ruling by Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by the city's Human Rights Commission that ruled in 2014 that the print shop, Hands On Originals, violated a city law that bans discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation. [...]

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Adoption struggle leads couple into same-sex marriage fight

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Paul Campion and Randy Johnson with their four children.
On paper, Paul Campion's home seemed perfect for a foster child - and one of the students he worked with as a school counselor was begging to be taken in. His partner was the PTA president, and they had three adopted children already. But they were a gay couple in [...]

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After four decades in secret, Kentucky couple fights for the next generation

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Jimmy Meade and Luke Barlowe
Luke Barlowe and Jimmy Meade never held hands in public. For more than 40 years, they lived together quietly, afraid to out themselves as a couple. [...]

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A long road from high school crush to the fight for marriage equality

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Tammy Boyd, left, and Kimberly Franklin.
Every time Kim Franklin saw Tammy Boyd in their small town of Simpsonville, Kentucky, a Rod Stewart ballad streamed through her head: "Some guys have all the luck." [...]

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Faith guides Kentucky minister to protest for same-sex marriage rights

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Dominique James, left, and Maurice Blanchard have been outspoken activists for same-sex marriage in Kentucky for several years, and are among a group of plaintiffs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage around the country.
Maurice Blanchard says anti-gay sentiment was rampant where he grew up in South Carolina. Now he's one of a group of plaintiffs in cases seeking to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the country. [...]

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Lack of legal rights makes raising teens more stressful for same-sex couple

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Michael De Leon and Greg Bourke protest outside the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati in November 2014.
Like many dads, when his spouse is traveling out of town, Greg Bourke takes on the role of single parent, shuttling their two teenagers to basketball practice and other activities while working a full-time job. But Bourke has an extra worry when his husband, Michael DeLeon, is away. [...]

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Another judge rejects Kentucky same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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A Kentucky judge on Thursday has ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses but put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court considers a similar challenge to gay marriage bans. [...]

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Together 35 years, waiting for the right to marry

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Timothy Love speaks to other supporters with his husband Lawrence Ysunza-Love, left, during a rally in support of same-sex marriage in downtown Cincinnati. Love and Ysunza-Love are one of six same-sex marriage plaintiffs who will have their cases argued at the Supreme Court on April 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)
Timothy Love's heart problem made him acutely aware of the barriers still standing against his three-decade relationship with Larry Ysunza. [...]

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Kentucky’s Rand Paul, who says same-sex marriage is the result of a moral crisis, is running for president

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has entered the campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination with a declaration that he's running for the White House to "return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government." [...]

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