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US Appeals Court Refuses to Revisit California Gay Marriage Ban

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A federal appeals court in California has refused to reconsider a landmark ruling that struck down the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage. The decision Tuesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals clears the way for the case to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the California appeals court […]

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US Appeals Court Rules Against Gay Marriage Law

Posted May 31st, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Massachusetts appeals court has ruled against a U.S. marriage law that denies federal benefits to same-sex married couples. The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Thursday that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. The 1996 law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and absolves […]

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Obama Gay Marriage Stance Draws Mixed Reaction Worldwide

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage is being met with a mixed reaction around the world. In Europe, Germany’s openly-gay foreign minister praised the decision. “I think the declaration of President Obama for the recognition of same-sex marriage is a courageous step. I welcome this not just personally, but also in the name […]

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Maryland Lawmakers Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. state of Maryland is a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage. It would join seven other states and the District of Columbia that currently allow the unions. The Maryland state Senate Thursday approved a gay marriage bill by a vote of 25-22, days after the measure passed in the state assembly. Maryland Governor […]

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New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Same-Sex Marriage, Despite Veto Threat

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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A bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Jersey is now headed to state Governor Chris Christie, after the measure passed its final legislative hurdle Thursday. The state Assembly approved the bill by a vote of 42-33, days after it passed in the state Senate. But Governor Christie, an ardent opponent of gay marriage and a […]

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Washington State Lawmakers Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in Washington state have approved a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage. The state House approved the measure Wednesday by a vote of 55-43, one week after it was narrowly approved by the state Senate. Opponents of the bill insisted passage would undermine the conventional institution of marriage as that between a man and a […]

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California Court Rules Voter-Approved Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A California appeals court has ruled that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The judges said in their ruling Tuesday the ban, known as Proposition 8, “serves no purpose” other than to lessen the “status and human dignity” of homosexuals in the state. The dissenting judge in the 2-to-1 decision said he thought […]

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California Court Rules Voter-Approved Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A California appeals court has ruled that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The judges said in their ruling Tuesday the ban, known as Proposition 8, “serves no purpose” other than to lessen the “status and human dignity” of homosexuals in the state. The dissenting judge in the 2-to-1 decision said he thought […]

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California Court Rules Voter-Approved Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A California appeals court has ruled that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The three-member panel issued the ruling Tuesday in San Francisco. The vote was 2-to-1, with the two judges appointed by Democrats voting to overturn the ban, while the judge appointed by a Republican voted in favor of the ban. The […]

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Gay U.S. Service Members Sue for Marriage Recognition

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of U.S. service members who are legally married to same-sex partners has filed to sue the U.S. federal government to attain the same benefits and support awarded to their heterosexual co-workers. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network filed the lawsuit Thursday in the northeastern U.S. state of Massachusetts, one of six U.S. states that […]

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