Washington governor bans non-essential travel to Mississippi

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Olympia, Wash. (AP) – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has joined the Seattle mayor in banning official travel to Mississippi due to the state’s new law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on beliefs.

Inslee barred anything but essential travel to Mississippi on the public’s dime.

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New York governor bans travel to North Carolina

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New York (AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned all non-essential state travel to North Carolina in the wake of that state’s decision to overturn an ordinance on transgender rights.

The ban, which was signed by executive order on March 28, requires all state agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to North Carolina.

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Federal appeals court to hear 3 more same-sex marriage cases

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments this spring from three more states defending gay marriage bans.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 3 granted a request to consider an appeal from South Dakota at an expedited pace. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the court also combined the arguments with cases from Arkansas and Missouri.

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Same-sex marriage bans in South will be heard in federal court

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Bans on gay marriage in three staunchly conservative Southern states were to get a hearing in a federal appeals court Jan. 9 – the latest legal battle over an issue expected to be settled by the nation’s highest court.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was scheduled to hear arguments from state attorneys from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi – all of which passed bans on same-sex marriages – and from the lawyers arguing against the bans.

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Las Vegas wedding chapels ready for gay weddings

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – The marriage licenses are already gender neutral. Chapel photographers have been practicing shooting two brides wearing white gowns. And an ordained Elvis impersonator will be waiting at the end of the aisle.

Las Vegas, the land of wedding chapels, is ready for gay weddings.

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Florida’s AG Pam Bondi files to intervene on marriage equality lawsuits

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Tallahassee – Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is not giving up when it comes to defending the ban of same-sex marriages in Florida. Bondi filed two separate motions—one against a lawsuit in the Miami-Dade circuit court and the other in the Monroe circuit court—tointervene in lawsuits June 24, which is an addition to her already representing the state against a federal lawsuit filed in North Florida.

Bondi has been under heavy criticism lately in regards to the issue of gay marriage. In an early motion, her office said that the overturning of the state’s ban would significantly affect already existing laws on marriage and cause “public harm.”

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Anti-gay forces are a tangled web of false pretense, fake names and hidden connections

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Last month a notorious pro-religion, anti-gay legal group called Liberty Counsel filed a motion to intervene in Pareto v. Ruvin, the Florida lawsuit via which six same-sex couples are fighting for marriage equality. The motion wasn’t a surprise—no one expected anti-gay activists to take the lawsuit sitting down. But a look at the three groups named as interveners reveals something interesting.

Two of the three groups—People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality (P.U.L.S.E) and Florida Democratic League—sound an awful lot like the types of organizations that would be more likely to support same-sex marriage than fight marriage equality.

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Olympic athletes exempt from Russia’s anti-gay laws

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Despite recent legislation that clearly bans anything that promotes homosexuality, out Olympic athletes and out spectators will be exempt from the law in 2014.

That’s according to a release from the International Olympic Committee, which says it has received assurances from Russia’s government that athletes and spectators at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi will not be arrested.

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National gay blood drive aims to combat ban on donations by gay men

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A documentary filmmaker has organized the first national gay blood drive to combat the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on blood donations from gay men.

Ryan James Yezak, who is working on the documentary about the ban called Second Class Citizens, along with other activists, has scheduled the blood drive from noon to 8 p.m. July 12 in 52 cities nationwide. Fort Lauderdale is the only city listed in Florida, according to GayBloodDrive.com.

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