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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of a man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV, a victory to activists who say laws in many states are outdated and based on fear instead of medical science.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
North-Dakota
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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Complaint filed against D.C. bistro for ‘gay bitches’ slur on printed receipt

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Courtesy: Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal filed a complaint Tuesday in the Washington, D.C., Office of Human Rights on behalf of a transgender woman who was given a restaurant receipt with an anti-LGBT slur printed on it while socializing with friends at a local hookah bar. According to the complaint, the words "GAY BITCHES" were printed in place of the customer's name.

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Alaska Supreme Court considers case of same-sex survivor benefits

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court is considering whether the partner of a woman killed in 2011 is entitled to survivor benefits from the woman's employer, given the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Judge extends order that Ind. recognize marriage of terminally ill spouse

| Thursday, May 8, 2014
Niki Quasney (left) and Amy Sandler.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The state of Indiana must recognize a lesbian couple's out-of-state marriage throughout their legal fight to have one of the women named as a spouse on her terminally ill partner's death certificate, a judge ruled Thursday. The Indiana attorney general's office said it would appeal.

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Judge hears arguments in challenge to Indiana same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, May 2, 2014
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Indiana will be required to recognize a gay couple's out-of-state marriage for at least a few days more as a federal judge considers whether to extend an April order requiring the state to acknowledge the union.

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Couples challenging Ariz. same-sex marriage ban ask court for pretrial ruling

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX — Gay and lesbian couples challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal court for a pretrial ruling in their favor.

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