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Marriage News Watch: 7th Circuit recap, NOM not giving up in Oregon

| Monday, September 1, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Anti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they'll take up in their fall session. There's another major marriage argument coming up in a few days. And the National Organization for Marriage still isn't ...

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Court: NOM lacks standing to appeal Oregon same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal appeals court has dismissed the National Organization for Marriage's effort to appeal an Oregon court ruling that allows same sex marriage. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision on Wednesday. Several same-sex couples sued the state of Oregon last year arguing the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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Federal appeals courts prepare to hear slew of same-sex marriage cases

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court will hear arguments Wednesday in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
CINCINNATI -- Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict. If the appeals courts continue the unbroken eight-month streak of rulings in favor of gay marriage, that could make...

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Ninth Circuit denies ‘en banc’ review of ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling for gays

| Tuesday, June 24, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an earlier decision by a three-judge panel which stated that gays and lesbians could not be excluded from jury duty on the basis of their sexual orientation, a ruling that for the first time applied "heightened scrutiny" to a case involving LGBT issues.

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Idaho governor wants full appeals court review of same-sex marriage ruling

| Monday, June 2, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting an "en banc" hearing by an 11-judge panel of the court in an appeal of a federal magistrate's ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. Typically, appeals are heard by a three-judge panel selected from the 29 judges that make up the Ninth Circuit.

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Federal appeals courts set schedules in Idaho, Nevada and Texas marriage cases

| Monday, June 2, 2014
The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans.
Two more federal appeals courts are set to consider recent rulings declaring same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Texas as unconstitutional, and an appeal of Nevada's ban, which was upheld in 2012. The cases are De Leon v. Perry in Texas, Latta v. Otter in Idaho, and Sevcik v. Sandoval in Nevada.

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No same-sex marriage in Idaho until appeal decided, says court

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Maria May-Chang, right, wipes away a tear after having a piece of cake with her wife Jody May-Chang, left, and their son Cody at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 16, 2014.
BOISE, Idaho — No same-sex marriages will be allowed or recognized in Idaho until an appeal is decided, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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Appeals court: Gay marriage opponents can’t keep campaign donors secret

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Same-sex marriage opponents can't keep the identities of their campaign donors secret, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in upholding a lower court decision.

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Federal appeals court denies NOM request for stay in Ore. marriage ruling

| Monday, May 19, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal appeals court's ruling has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in Oregon if a judge's ruling allows it.

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Federal appeals court puts Idaho gay marriage ruling on hold pending appeal

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho residents planning to gather at courthouses across the state to celebrate same-sex marriages saw their plans put on hold Thursday by a federal appeals court.

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