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Indiana unveils changes to religious freedom bill; LGBT rights groups say it’s not enough

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to oppose the religious freedom legislation.
Indiana lawmakers on Thursday announced changes they plan to make to the state's new religious freedom law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and others who have called the proposal anti-gay, but LGBT rights groups said the fix doesn't ...

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Puerto Rico says it will no longer defend same-sex marriage ban

Friday, March 20, 2015
Puerto-Rico
Secretary of Justice César Miranda said he will submit a brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, saying he agrees the ban is unconstitutional and should be lifted. ...

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
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 ...

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Louisiana
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 ...

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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. ...

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Brian-Sandoval
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 ...

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

Friday, November 7, 2014
West-Virginia
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 ...

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

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Social-Security
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 ...

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