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New Mexico's Marriage Equality Fight Expands to Seventh County

New Mexico's Marriage Equality Fight Expands to Seventh County
The legal fight over gay marriage in New Mexico broadened Tuesday as a seventh county announced plans to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Grant County Clerk Robert Zamarripa said his office will comply with a judge's ruling issued Tuesday and will begin providing the licenses next week.
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Barry Massey
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Despite Supreme Court's LGBT Rulings, Veterans Affairs Claims Need for Legislation to Provide Equal Benefits

Despite Supreme Court's LGBT Rulings, Veterans Affairs Claims Need for Legislation to Provide Equal Benefits
Congress or the courts may still have more work to do before the VA can start providing federal benefits to married, same-sex couples, according to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. The Supreme Court ruled in June that a law, the federal Defense of Marriage Act, denying federal tax, health and pension benefits to married, same-sex couples was unconstitutional. The law governing veteran's benefits contained similar provisions, Shinseki said, but hasn't specifically been addressed by the courts or federal legislation.
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Kevin Freking
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Marriage Equality Takes Major Step in New Mexico, GOP Pushback Begins

Marriage Equality Takes Major Step in New Mexico, GOP Pushback Begins
A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples. State District Judge Alan Malott ruled New Mexico's constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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Jeri Clausing
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VIDEO: How MN Went From No To Yes On Marriage Equality

VIDEO: How MN Went From No To Yes On Marriage Equality
In a matter of months, Minnesota went from almost banning same-sex marriage forever to embracing marriage equality. How did this turnaround happen? A new documentary by TheUpTake investigates this transformation in an effort to provide a blueprint (and some inspiration) for the battles to be held in individual states.
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Marriage Equality Moves Forward in IL, NJ, PA

Marriage Equality Moves Forward in IL, NJ, PA
Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed papers asking the court for a swift end to the harm and indignity couples face without the freedom to marry — which now includes the inability to access many federal marriage benefits.
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The Seattle Lesbian
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PA District Attorney Won't Defend Marriage Ban

PA District Attorney Won't Defend Marriage Ban
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced yesterday her office will not defend the state's DOMA law. The action is supported by the ACLU of PA, and filed on behalf of two dozen same sex couples. This follows the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act by the Supreme Court just weeks ago.
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Lambda Legal Announces Plans for Federal Marriage Case in VA

Lambda Legal Announces Plans for Federal Marriage Case in VA
Lambda Legal, alongside the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), announced yesterday that it is in the planning stages of a new federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Virginia.
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Lawyers Build Cases for Marriage Equality Based on Supreme Court's Rulings

Lawyers Build Cases for Marriage Equality Based on Supreme Court's Rulings
When the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government. But judges and lawyers representing same-sex couples are already using Kennedy's language and reasoning in other cases about the right to marry.
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Mark Sherman
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No Gays Allowed: Keeping Marriage Equality Out of Immigration Reform

No Gays Allowed: Keeping Marriage Equality Out of Immigration Reform
Immigration in America has always maintained the importance of keeping the nuclear family together, but what happens when the tradition of marriage is changing in America to include gay couples? Is there room for a provision in immigration reform to include an immigrant couple's rights to marriage equality?
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How One Man is Stopping Gay Marriage in NJ

How One Man is Stopping Gay Marriage in NJ
Over 60 percent of New Jerseyans want gay marriage, and both the Assembly and state Senate passed a law legalizing it. The only thing standing between same-sex couples in New Jersey and equal rights is Christie's veto, which he's been unwilling to relinquish following the U.S.Supreme Court's landmark ruling on gay rights.
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