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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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Miss. man says he was sexually abused in gay ‘conversion therapy’

| Monday, September 1, 2014
Jeff White
HERNANDO, Miss. -- A Mississippi man has filed a complaint alleging that a teacher at a church-run school sexually abused him in an attempt to change his sexual orientation from gay to straight. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) assisted in filing the complaint Friday with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Jeff White, 32, a former student of ...

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Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case ask for Supreme Court review

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, five of the six people who brought the lawsuit against the Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyers office Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (Call's partner, Karen Archer, was not able to attend.)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take Utah's appeal of a favorable same-sex marriage ruling, following through on what they said they would do earlier this month. The plaintiffs say they are taking this somewhat unusual step of asking for a review even though they won at ...

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Utah same-sex couples ask Supreme Court to hear appeal

| Thursday, August 7, 2014
From left, plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, two of the three couples who brought the lawsuit against Utah's gay marriage ban, stand together at a news conference outside their lawyer's office in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Even though they scored a key victory in federal appellate court, attorneys for three Utah gay and lesbian couples said Thursday they plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take Utah's appeal of a favorable gay marriage ruling. It is vital that the justices weigh in about whether state same-sex marriage bans violate the Constitution to settle the matter...

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AUDIO: Tennessee same-sex marriage ban faces federal appeals court

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tennessee plaintiffs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A three-judge panel is now considering whether Tennessee's law barring recognition of same-sex marriages is constitutional. Attorneys representing multiple gay couples told judges from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday that's there's no rational reason for barring same-sex marriage. Lawyers from the...

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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold

| Friday, July 25, 2014
Florida
MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the...

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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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Gay veteran sues Idaho cemetery for refusing burial with late wife

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Madelynn Taylor, 74, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner.
BOISE, Idaho -- A U.S. Navy veteran has filed a lawsuit against the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery for refusing to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner at the cemetery...

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U.S. appeals court rules Utah same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Utah
DENVER -- A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right...

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Campaign aims to end gay-to-straight conversion therapy within five years

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- An LGBT legal advocacy group hopes to bring an end to the controversial practice of "gay-to-straight" conversion therapy in U.S. within the next five years. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) on Tuesday announced the launch of "#BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy," a campaign that would ...

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