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NOM to appeal denial of nearly $700K in legal fees over failed IRS lawsuit

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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NOM is seeking $691,000 in legal fees related to an unsuccessful lawsuit that claimed a leaked tax disclosure was deliberate and politically motivated. [...]

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North Carolina GOP leaders to appeal gay marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, December 13, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
The leaders of the two branches of the North Carolina state legislature notified a federal court on Friday that they will ask the Supreme Court to rule promptly on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In a filing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth [...]

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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 the state's request to block the marriages while it appeals [...]

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North Carolina’s top GOP lawmakers appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, November 7, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina legislative leaders are giving formal notice that their lawyers will appeal a Greensboro federal judge's ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in the state. Attorneys hired by Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis say they're appealing. Lawmakers decided to appeal earlier this year [...]

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The week in review: The latest developments in marriage equality…

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
Same-sex couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. And a third ruling in Wyoming means marriages there could begin within a week. The rulings bookend two weeks of legal wrangling, triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court [...]

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North Carolina’s top GOP lawmakers plan to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, October 17, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders plan to appeal a ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Legal experts say any appeal would face an uphill battle. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger's appeal would go to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of [...]

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4th Circuit to issue mandate Monday, allowing same-sex marriages in Virginia

Monday, October 6, 2014
Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond-based federal appeals court says its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect Monday afternoon. According to the clerk's office, the mandate will be issued at 1 p.m. Court clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after that time. [...]

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Virginia prepares for possibility of same-sex marriage

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
NORFOLK, Va. -- Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors. The state's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Fourth Circuit recap, Miss. couples register marriage licenses

Monday, August 18, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week’s refusal by the Fourth Circuit to delay it's order striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. Now, anti-gay defendants have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in at the last [...]

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Federal court clarifies date for same-sex marriage in Virginia

Thursday, August 14, 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 is clarifying when same-sex marriages could begin in Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond decided Wednesday not to delay its ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. [...]

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