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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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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
AP
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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