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U.S. Supreme Court schedules conference on Louisiana gay marriage appeal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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In September, a federal judge upheld Louisiana’s ban, a rare loss for marriage equality advocates who, at the time, had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. [...]

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LGBT advocacy groups give Obama’s immigration order a lukewarm reception

Friday, November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that he is issuing an executive order to take action on immigration, including temporarily protecting about 5 million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, was met with a lukewarm reception from LGBT rights groups. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court asked to review Louisiana same-sex marriage case

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS -- Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court. [...]

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Fourth Circuit rejects attempt to delay same-sex marriage in South Carolina

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Courthouse in Richmond, Va., is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for same-sex couples to be married in South Carolina beginning this week - at least for now. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, denied the state's request to block the marriages while it appeals [...]

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Lambda Legal, ACLU ask U.S. Supreme Court to review Ohio marriage ruling

Friday, November 14, 2014
Gay marriage supporters rally outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling upholding same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states. The Sixth Circuit is the only federal circuit court [...]

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Nevada officials say there’s no need for court to re-hear gay marriage case

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court should reject a request by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage for a full-court rehearing of a landmark decision allowing gay marriage in Nevada, the state’s governor and an advocacy group representing eight same-sex couples said. In strongly worded filings submitted on [...]

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Federal judge makes it official, strikes down West Virginia gay marriage ban

Friday, November 7, 2014
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Although West Virginia’s Attorney General stopped defending the state's same-sex marriage ban and gay couples began marrying last month, a federal court on Friday made it official, striking down the ban as mandated by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' earlier ruling striking down a similar [...]

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Lambda Legal files suit against SSA over denial of same-sex survivor benefits

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Lambda Legal has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. [...]

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Next stop for Ariz. couple who challenged gay marriage ban: visiting a wedding planner

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors are lead plaintiffs in Majors v. Horne, Lambda Legal's challenge to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban.
PHOENIX -- Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors were a couple for 50 years before they told friends and family about their relationship. They kept it secret to avoid the hostility that they saw lesbians and gay men endure throughout much of their lifetime. Six years after they revealed their relationship, [...]

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Groups file federal lawsuit to force South Carolina to allow same-sex marriages

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Colleen Condon, left, and Nichols Bleckley are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina's gay marriage ban.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina Equality and Lambda Legal on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court arguing that South Carolina is obligated to allow same-sex couples to marry, consistent with a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. [...]

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