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Marriage News Watch: Sixth Circuit recap, 3 states head to Supreme Court

| Monday, August 11, 2014
Gay marriage supporters march from the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, rear, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, to Fountain Square in Cincinnati.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week's hearings in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the challenges to four states' same-sex marriage bans, while appeals from three other states land at the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, Wisconsin organizers have formed a new group called ...

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Federal appeals court weighs four states’ same-sex marriage cases

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Gay marriage supporters rally outside a federal courthouse in Concinatti on Wednesday, Aug. 6, where judges were hearing the appeals of six same-sex marriage cases from four states.
CINCINNATI --A federal appeals court judge hearing arguments in six gay marriage fights in a landmark hearing Wednesday expressed deep skepticism about whether the courts are the ideal setting for such major change, saying that the best way to win the hearts and minds of Americans on the issue would be the democratic process. The judge, Jeffrey S. Sutton of the ...

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

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Kentucky plaintiffs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A three-judge panel is now considering whether Kentucky's laws barring same-sex marriage are 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 couples from getting married. Lawyers hired by ...

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

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Michigan plaintiffs
A three-judge panel is now considering whether Michigan's laws barring same-sex marriage are constitutional. Attorneys representing multiple same-sex couples from four states 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 couples from getting married. The afternoon of arguments ...

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Same-sex marriage cases in Ohio draw hundreds of gay rights supporters

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Marriage rally
CINCINNATI -- Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rallied Wednesday in downtown Cincinnati near the federal courthouse where judges were hearing arguments about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in four states. Advocates held up banners and signs urging freedom to marry or other messages in favor of legal challenges to bans in ....

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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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Six marriage appeals before 6th Circuit ring familiar bell in Cincinnati

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Alphonse Gerhardstein
CINCINNATI -- For Chris Seelbach, the legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage being argued this week in federal appeals court in Cincinnati mark another milestone - not just for gay rights, but for the city he calls home. He campaigned a decade ago to repeal a 1990s charter amendment that banned the city from protecting people from discrimination ...

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Oral arguments set in appeal of Michigan, three other states same-sex marriage rulings

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
DETROIT -- Oral arguments have been scheduled by a federal appeals court in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a court filing Monday that it would hear arguments in the cases on August 6.

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New lawsuit aims to strike down Ohio same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Civil rights attorneys Jennifer Branch, center left, and Lisa Meeks, center right, talk about the lawsuit they filed in federal court in Cincinnati seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. They are surrounded by some of the gay couples who are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including, from left, Michelle Gibson, Mary Koehler, Karl Rece Jr., Gary Goodman, Ethan Fletcher and Ronny Beck.
CINCINNATI -- Civil rights attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban and to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

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