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New Mexico Affirms Equality of Marriage, Colorado Holds It's Breath

 New Mexico Affirms Equality of Marriage, Colorado Holds It's Breath
Gay rights supporters in Colorado are applauding the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry in the state, celebrating the unanimous decision as yet another in a cascade of similar developments coast to coast that underscore the progress the movement for equal rights in the U.S. has made in the last decade.
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Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit

Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit
Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday will pay $575,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit claimed that five locations in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio discriminated against potential applicants over the age of 40.
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After 26 Years in Prison, Destroyed Evidence and an 'Outright Confession' from Convicted Rapist, CO Man to Appeal Case

After 26 Years in Prison, Destroyed Evidence and an 'Outright Confession' from Convicted Rapist, CO Man to Appeal Case
A Colorado man who has spent more than a quarter-century in prison for a rape in which the victim claimed her attacker’s identity came to her “in a dream” is appealing his conviction based on new evidence. A man already serving a life sentence for multiple rapes in the area has offered "an outright confession," according to lawyers, but prosecutors are still fighting the seemingly innocent man's appeal.
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Shooting Victims Line Up to Protect New Colorado Gun Laws

Shooting Victims Line Up to Protect New Colorado Gun Laws
Maybe the most dangerous place in Colorado to support gun-control is at the state capitol. After helping pass modest new gun laws, two senators were recalled in special elections and the “gunnies” are working to recall another senate supporter now. So a coalition of gun-control supporting groups held a news conference at the capitol Monday morning to remind shaky legislators why they voted for the gun laws in the first place.
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Methodist Pastor on Trial for Officiating Gay Son's Wedding

Methodist Pastor on Trial for Officiating Gay Son's Wedding
Supporters held signs and sang hymns on Monday outside of a church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania for a United Methodist pastor who could be defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding. The Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to suspension to losing his minister's credentials if a jury composed of fellow Methodist clergy convicts him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.
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Michael Rubinkam
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Russian Judge Refuses to Free Greenpeace Activists Charged with Hooliganism

Russian Judge Refuses to Free Greenpeace Activists Charged with Hooliganism
A Russian judge refused Monday to free Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell, who was among 30 people arrested following a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic, signaling that others also could be kept in jail for three more months pending trial. In a subsequent hearing, however, a judge agreed to free a Russian doctor who was on the Greenpeace ship when it was seized by the Russian coast guard on Sept. 18.
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Irina Titova
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Hawaii Gov to Sign Marriage Equality Into Law, Obama 'Even Prouder' to be Hawaiian

Hawaii Gov to Sign Marriage Equality Into Law, Obama 'Even Prouder' to be Hawaiian
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign a bill Wednesday legalizing gay marriage, expanding the state's aloha spirit and positioning the islands for more newlywed tourists. The measure will allow thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii and even more tourists to marry in the state starting Dec. 2. Another 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage, while a bill is awaiting the governor's signature in Illinois.
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Oskar Garcia
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TX Sex Ed Lesson Plan: 'People Want to Marry a Virgin, Just Like They Want a Virgin Toothbrush'

TX Sex Ed Lesson Plan: 'People Want to Marry a Virgin, Just Like They Want a Virgin Toothbrush'
People who have had sex are worth as much as a chewed-up piece of gum or a used toothbrush. That's the atrocious lesson that Texas sex educators are teaching children in middle school to shame them out of having sex before marriage — assuming they can get married, a right that many of these Texas adolescents may never have.
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Front Range CO Towns Push Back Against Neighborhood Frack Attacks

Front Range CO Towns Push Back Against Neighborhood Frack Attacks
Residents in towns sited in a line that stretches just north of Denver to just south of Wyoming, through a 250-square-mile gas field covered with wells like a picnic blanket overrun by ants, voted Tuesday to impose moratoriums and an outright ban on hydraulic fracturing within city limits.
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Gay Marriage: No, Colorado Is Not the Next New Jersey

Gay Marriage: No, Colorado Is Not the Next New Jersey
New Jersey moved from same-sex civil unions to gay marriage in a flash. It will be a longer road for Colorado. Although Colorado legalized civil unions in 2013, a 2006 amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage stands in the road like a high hurdle.
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