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US appeals court sets date for oral arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin
July 26, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin before a panel of three judges in August. The states requested that their arguments be heard en banc, but the court rejected t....... [more]

Judge rules Colorado ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional
July 25, 2014
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Wednesday struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday's ruling found in favor of six same-sex couples wh....... [more]

Obama signs order on LGBT job discrimination
July 22, 2014
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order also explicitly bans discrimination against transgender employees of the federal government. The order does not include a rel....... [more]

Federal appeals court postpones execution over drug secrecy
July 20, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Saturday postponed an Arizona death row inmate's execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used for the lethal injection. Joseph Wood's attorneys argued that their client's First Amendment rights were vio....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Utah same-sex marriage recognition
July 19, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Utah pending final disposition of the appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Last week the appeals court denied Utah's request to block legal recognition of the marriages, and Utah A....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules against Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban
July 18, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling striking down Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled in January that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the Fourt....... [more]

Florida judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban
July 18, 2014
A judge in Florida's Monroe County ruled Thursday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of same-sex couples who had challenged the voter-approved ban after they were denied a marriage license by the Monroe County clerk. In his ruling, Ga....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules Indiana must allow humanists to officiate at weddings
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that Indiana must allow secular humanists to officiate at weddings, despite a state law that bars their participation. The court declared that the law unlawfully discriminates against nonreligious humanists who wish to have their marriage....... [more]

Federal appeals court denies Utah's request to halt same-sex marriage licenses
July 13, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Friday denied Utah's request to block legal recognition of about 1,300 same-sex weddings performed after the state's ban was briefly lifted in December. The request came in response to both the District Court for the District of Utah's ruling in Dece....... [more]

Colorado same-sex marriage ban struck down
July 10, 2014
A judge for Colorado's Adams County District Court on Wednesday struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional but immediately stayed his ruling. Judge C Scott Crabtree ruled that Amendment 43 of Colorado's state constitution, which was passed by voters in 2006 and defines marriag....... [more]

California governor signs bill making state's marriage law gender-neutral
July 8, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that will change the language in California's marriage code to accommodate same-sex couples. The bill, introduced by California Senator Mark Leno, proposes that all state-statutory references to opposite-gender couples, such as "husb....... [more]




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