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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to conference on same-sex marriage cases

| Monday, September 29, 2014
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This is the week when the U.S. Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case. After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th. Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration. The court could take one case, or several, or none at all.

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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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Marriage equality coalition asks DOJ to recognize 3 state’s same-sex unions

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group of more than 50 groups supporting marriage equality, on Friday asked the U.S Department of Justice to ensure federal recognition of same-sex couples who were legally married in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin after those bans were declared unconstitutional.

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ACLU files new lawsuit seeking recognition of Wis. same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
MADISON, Wis. -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking recognition of Wisconsin gay couples who married in June after a judge temporarily blocked the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in February challenging the ban. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb found the ban was unconstitutional in June ...

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Federal appeals court stays Wisconsin same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday stayed a ruling that Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's June ruling that the ban violated gay couples' equal protection rights.

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Wis. teen candidate drops out of race as more anti-gay, racist remarks surface

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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JANESVILLE, Wis. — The 19-year-old Republican candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly, who apologized last week for calling gays “fags” in a Twiiter post last year, has suspended his campaign and dropped out of the race after additional racist and homophobic comments he made on social media surfaced Tuesday.

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Wis. AG asks federal appeals court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is asking a federal appeals court to stay a ruling that Indiana and Wisconsin's same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional. Van Hollen's office said Tuesday it was requesting the stay out of "an abundance of caution."

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19-year-old Wis. assembly candidate apologizes for Tweet calling gays ‘fags’

| Monday, September 15, 2014
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JANESVILLE, Wis. -- A 19-year-old Republican candidate for the Wisconsin state Assembly has apologized for describing gays as "fags" in a Christmas day Twiiter post expressing disapproval over a same-sex marriage ruling. Five months before announcing his candidacy, Jacob Dorsey tweeted “fags need 2 leave my favorite state alone" after the ...

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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Wisconsin judges grant adoptions by same-sex couples

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. — At least two Dane County, Wis., judges have granted adoptions by same-sex couples, thereby recognizing their marriages. In the latest case Wednesday, Kat Riley adopted the 2-year-old biological daughter of her partner, Teresa Riley. And, Teresa Riley adopted her spouse's 4-year-old biological son. The Rileys were married in Iowa last year.

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