Kenyan judge upholds use of anal probes to determine sexuality

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A Kenyan court upheld the use of anal examinations to determine a suspect’s sexual orientation June 16, dismissing the argument that the procedure amounts to torture and degrading treatment.

There was no violation of rights or the law, Mombasa High Court Judge Mathew Emukule said.

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Lesbian settles lawsuit after being fired from job at Kansas City church

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Kansas City, Mo. (AP) – A former Kansas City church worker who said she was fired after her same-sex marriage was publicized settled her lawsuit with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The amount awarded to Colleen Simon, a former food pantry coordinator, was not released after her lawsuit was settled, The Kansas City Star reported. Simon was seeking unpaid wages, fringe benefits, compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages.

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Colombia high court rules for same-sex couple adoptions

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In a historic decision, Colombia’s constitutional court opened the door Nov. 4 for same-sex couples to legally adopt children in the conservative South American nation.

In the 6-2 ruling, the court said adoption agencies can’t discriminate against gay, lesbian and transsexual couples during an adoption process.

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Comments Round-Up: KY clerk refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk of courts who is refusing to give same-sex couples marriage licenses – in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality in the law of the land – is sparking a strong reaction from Watermark readers.

Here’s a roundup of comments posted to our stories covering Davis:

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Mexico rules states’ same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s supreme court has ruled it is unconstitutional for Mexican states to bar same-sex marriages.

But the court’s ruling is considered a “jurisprudential thesis” and does not invalidate any state laws, meaning gay couples denied the right to wed would have to turn to the courts individually. Given the ruling, judges and courts would have to approve same-sex marriages.

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What’s at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The decision in United States v. Windsor did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

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Marco Rubio believes people are born gay, but don’t have right to marry

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Sen. Marco Rubio says he believes sexual orientation is something you are born with but does not believe same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

Rubio spoke on CBS’s Face the Nation about LGBT rights , among other topics, on April 19 saying that he doesn’t believe the courts should be making the decisions on same-sex marriage.

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Roy Moore headlines “Biblical marriage” Texas rally

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Austin, Texas — About 250 people gathered on the afternoon of March 23 at the Texas Capitol to rally in support of what they call “Biblical marriage” — a union between a man and a woman — at an event headlined by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore, a staunch gay marriage opponent, instructed Alabama’s state probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples despite a federal ruling that Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

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It’s official! Florida will see same-sex marriage starting Jan. 6

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What a way to start 2015!

It’s official – same-sex marriage is legal in Florida come Jan. 6.

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Utah couples who married could see benefits soon

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples who married in Utah after the state same-sex marriage ban was overturned could get benefits in 10 days after a favorable ruling from a federal appeals court.

Five months after the ban was struck down, a different federal judge in May ruled the state must lift its ban on benefits – such as child custody – for same-sex couples.

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PA gay couples keep getting marriage licenses despite state ban

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Philadelphia (AP) – Officials outside Philadelphia are issuing marriage licenses to a pair of gay couples, despite a state law banning such unions.

A Montgomery County official says the two female couples applied for the licenses Wednesday. The suburban county is the state’s third most populous.

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