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Ind. plaintiffs object to full-court hearing on same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana's overthrown same-sex marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state's appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference. Those representing gay couples who want the ban overturned permanently – the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, ...

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Six national LGBT rights groups drop ENDA support over religious exemptions

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced Tuesday that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), fearing that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill could compel private companies to cite objections similar to those that prevailed in last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by Hobby Lobby.

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Court orders Ind. to recognize terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal appeals court has ordered Indiana to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple on the death certificate that is issued when one terminally ill partner dies. Tuesday's ruling came after the court stayed a federal judge's order setting aside Indiana's prohibition of gay marriage as unconstitutional.

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Ind. AG leaves door open to marriage recognition for terminally ill spouse

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana attorney general's office has opened the door to allowing one lesbian couple's marriage to survive a stay order that halted same-sex weddings in the state. In a four-page filing Tuesday, the attorney general's office repeated its argument that Indiana law allows no hardship exception for Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler...

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Motion filed to protect terminally ill spouse’s same-sex marriage

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS — A national gay rights group filed an emergency request Monday to protect the first same-sex marriage recognized in Indiana now that a federal appeals court has halted a judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. Lawyers from Lambda Legal asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago for the continued ...

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Appeals court to hear challenge to Nevada same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, June 30, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
LAS VEGAS -- A federal appeals court says it will consider Nevada's gay marriage ban on Sept. 8. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has scheduled 20 minutes of oral arguments in the case of Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval. The court will also hear arguments that morning over similar cases in Idaho and Hawaii.

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Iowa Supreme Court reverses conviction in HIV criminalization case

| Friday, June 13, 2014
Nick Rhoades
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday threw out the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV, a victory to activists who say laws in many states are outdated and based on fear instead of medical science.

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Second lawsuit filed challenging North Dakota same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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FARGO, N.D. -- A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging North Dakota's ban on gay marriage. The 33-page complaint filed by Janet Jorgensen and Cynthia Phillips, who were legally married in Minnesota, says the couple is treated as "legal strangers" in their home state.

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Holder: Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adults ‘perpetuates worst kind of stereotypes’

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday took aim at the Boy Scouts of America, saying it's refusal to allow gay and lesbian adults to serve as scout leaders "perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes." In remarks at an event hosted by Lambda Legal, Holder called the ban "a relic of an age of prejudice and insufficient understanding."

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Judge puts W.Va. gay marriage suit on hold pending outcome of Va. case

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
West-Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge has put a lawsuit challenging West Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage on hold until a federal appeals court decides a similar Virginia case. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers entered an order Tuesday that stayed the case until the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides a case from Virginia.

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