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Houston Mayor Moves Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Lawsuit Out of Republican Judge's Court

Houston Mayor Moves Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Lawsuit Out of Republican Judge's Court
Another major move in the legal battle over preserving Houston's same-sex benefits: Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston moved a lawsuit by the Harris County GOP out of Republican Judge Lisa Millard's court. The Republican judge halted the city's same-sex benefits policy by signing a temporary restraining order without first giving the city any proper notice.
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TX National Guard to Allow Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

TX National Guard to Allow Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits after the Defense Department approved a new procedure for enrolling National Guard members and their dependents for benefits.
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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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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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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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Local Australian Parliament Allows Gay Marriage

Local Australian Parliament Allows Gay Marriage
A provincial parliament in Australia has become the country's first to pass a law that allows same-sex marriages. But the federal government has threatened a court challenge.
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Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Coming To The High Plains Of TX

Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Coming To The High Plains Of TX
Slowly but surely, Texas is coming around on the issue of same-sex equality in marriage. Almost a majority of Texans now believe in the freedom to marry, and big companies like B&W Pantex in Amarillo are allowing same-sex benefits to their employees.
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Detroit News: Beliefs of People Who Run Adoption Agencies Are More Important Than Children

Detroit News: Beliefs of People Who Run Adoption Agencies Are More Important Than Children
One possible takeaway from a bill moving through Michigan's legislature is that when it comes to adoptions, the religious beliefs of people who run adoption agencies are more important than the well being of the children to be adopted. And it's not just same-sex (potential) parents who could lose adoption protections, it's everyone.
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Antitrust Case Turns Into Fight for Gay Juror Protections

Antitrust Case Turns Into Fight for Gay Juror Protections
During an hour of arguments in San Francisco on Wednesday, a panel of three 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal judges left unclear whether they would give gays the same status race and gender play in jury selection. Lawyers are allowed to remove prospective jurors without any legal reason, but are barred from removing potential jurors based on race and gender. Now, the court must decide whether sexual orientation deserves the same protection.
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Paul Elias
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Transgender Widow of TX Firefighter Set for Historic Civil Rights Battle

Transgender Widow of TX Firefighter Set for Historic Civil Rights Battle
Transgender widow Nikki Araguz's marriage battle is moving onward to the 13th District Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi, which will hear her marriage case today. Araguz is attempting to have the marriage to her late husband, Thomas Araguz III, be recognized by the State of Texas. Araguz will be able to then receive her late husband's death benefits. Thomas Araguz was a volunteer firefighter in Wharton and was killed in the line of duty in 2010.
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