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W.Va. high school reverses course, allows gay-straight alliance to form

Monday, November 17, 2014
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia high school has abruptly reversed course, and now has a Gay-Straight Alliance. The Charleston Gazette reports that Putnam County Schools spokeswoman Rudi Raynes said the club was created Monday, despite Principal Bruce McGrew’s assertion last week that allowing such a group ...

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High school principal says gay-straight alliance would perpetuate bullying

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Principal Bruce McGrew
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A West Virginia high school will not allow the formation of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) on campus because no teachers are interested in sponsoring it, and because the principal said it would create opportunities for bullying.

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Federal judge makes it official, strikes down West Virginia gay marriage ban

Friday, November 7, 2014
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Although West Virginia’s Attorney General stopped defending the state's same-sex marriage ban and gay couples began marrying last month, a federal court on Friday made it official, striking down the ban as mandated by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' earlier ruling striking down a similar ban in Virginia.

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Holder: U.S. to recognize same-sex marriages in six new states

Saturday, October 25, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples. Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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West Virginia begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- County clerks in West Virginia were told to begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Thursday after Attorney General Patrick Morrisey dropped his fight to a court challenge on the state's gay marriage ban.

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Georgia Covey, left, embraces her partner Anna Singson while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The couple, along with several other same sex couples, waited in line for two hours before they found out they couldn't get a license.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead with weddings; others are proceeding toward marriage deliberately. Others are putting up a fight.

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Federal judge lifts hold on West Virginia same-sex marriage challenge

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A federal judge has lifted his hold on a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers on Tuesday ordered the state and two county clerks to respond to a motion by plaintiffs by Oct. 21.

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Marriage News Watch: More states waiting for Supreme Court on marriage rulings

Monday, September 22, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
A surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court's plans for taking up a marriage case -- or maybe not taking up any. An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state's marriage ban is unconstitutional. Plus: numerous states freeze their marriage lawsuits...

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Federal judge in W.Va. delays same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, September 18, 2014
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A federal judge in West Virginia has delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington says due to the "overlap of issues" presented in the West Virginia case and a similar one in Virginia, he put the case on hold this week pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Marriage News Watch: Virginia win impacts neighbor states

Monday, August 4, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps the Fourth Circuit decision that upheld a ruling that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and the immediate fallout in several nearby states under that Circuit Court's jurisdiction.

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