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Federal judge orders Ariz. to recognize deceased man’s same-sex marriage

| Friday, September 12, 2014
Fred McQuire and George Martinez
A judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage. Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues.

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Fred and George, 45 years together: An Arizona Love Story

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Fred McQuire (left) and George Martinez
PHOENIX -- On Friday, Lambda Legal will ask the U.S. District Court in Phoenix to order the State of Arizona to provide an accurate death certificate to Fred McQuire for his husband, George Martinez, who died on August 28. Fred, 69, and his late husband, George, 62, of Green Valley, Ariz., both veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, met in 1969....

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Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii same-sex marriage cases go before appeals court

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Monday is set to consider same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments Monday on whether such bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada. Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage in December so that appeal may be dismissed. The appeals court...

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Emergency motion seeks recognition of deceased man’s surviving spouse

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Fred McQuire (left) and George Martinez.
PHOENIX -- A gay rights legal advocacy group on Wednesday filed an emergency motion asking the U.S. District Court in Arizona to order the State of Arizona to provide a death certificate naming a deceased man's spouse as his survivor. Lambda Legal filed the motion on behalf of Fred McQuire and George Martinez, a Green Valley, Ariz., couple who are parties to a lawsuit...

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Ill. couple sues cab company after driver tried to kick them out of taxi for kissing

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Matthew McCrea and Steven White
CHICAGO -- An Illinois couple is continuing their fight against a Chicago cab company after they claim a driver tried to kick them out of his taxi for kissing in the backseat. Matthew McCrea and Steven White have filed a lawsuit against Sun Taxi after their original complaint, filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights last October, was dismissed because the department said...

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Federal appeals court judges bristle at ‘traditional’ marriage argument

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
ACLU attorney Ken Faulk, center, talks to reporters surrounded by plaintiffs and supporters of gay marriage, after Faulk participated in a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago.
CHICAGO -- Federal appeals court judges considering whether to uphold gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin reserved their toughest questions for the states, asking how the bans help society, especially children of same-sex couples. A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday. Judge Richard Posner...

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Lambda Legal sues Veterans Affairs over denial of benefits for same-sex spouses

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A leading LGBT advocacy group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of last year's U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Ariz. same-sex couple wants marriage recognized due to terminal illness

| Monday, August 18, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- A same-sex couple from southern Arizona wants a federal judge to immediately order the state to recognize their marriage because one of the men is terminally ill. Lawyers for George Martinez and Fred McQuire of Green Valley say the order is needed so McQuire can be recognized as Martinez's survivor when he dies.

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Wis. Supreme Court upholds state’s domestic partner registry

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Entrance to the Wisconsin Supreme Court at the state capitol building in Madison.
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's domestic partner registry does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a unanimous decision that gay rights activists hailed as an important but intermediate step in legalizing same-sex marriage. Democratic lawmakers enacted the registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples...

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Alaska Supreme Court allows same-sex partners access to survivor benefits

| Friday, July 25, 2014
Justice
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled unanimously that the same-sex partner of a person killed on the job should have access to the protection of Alaska’s workers’ compensation law. The ruling came in Harris v. Millennium Hotel, a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal seeking survivor benefits for Deborah Harris, the same-sex partner of ...

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