North Carolina transgender restroom trail delayed

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The trial over a North Carolina law restricting restroom access for transgender people is being pushed back by several months, attorneys challenging the law said Sept. 2.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake granted a request from the state’s Republican leaders to delay the North Carolina trial while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to hear a Virginia case on transgender restroom access, according to a brief entry in the federal court docket.

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Mississippi justices dislike delay in gay divorce ruling

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Two Mississippi Supreme Court justices say the court should find the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and not wait for a gay marriage ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Feb. 26’s 26-page statement, written by Justice Leslie D. King and joined by Justice James Kitchens, was attached to an order by a six-member court majority.

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Federal judge won’t delay Nebraska gay marriage case

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A federal judge won’t delay a lawsuit challenging Nebraska’s gay marriage ban while the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue for the country.

Judge Joseph Bataillon (buh-TAL’-yuhn) in Omaha declined a request from the Nebraska attorney general’s office for the delay, saying in his ruling Jan. 27 that the state didn’t show the delay was necessary. A spokeswoman for the attorney general declined to comment.

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No delay in ruling Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appears to have cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia as early as next week, but that could be put on hold indefinitely if the nation’s highest court intervenes.

The state also would need to start recognizing gay marriages from out of state next Aug. 20 after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision not to delay its ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

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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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It’s all a masquerade for Headdress Ball 2013

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Orlando – When organizers of the outrageous, lavish black tie gala known as the Headdress Ball found out their 2013 event would be pushed to October 26, they took advantage of the delay.

In its 24th year, they are combining Halloween and Las Vegas, for the largest Masquerade Ball held in Central Florida.

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GSA supporters left with uncertainty following Lake County School Board vote

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Tavares – With less than a week before students return to classes, the Lake County School Board had its second and final vote August 12 to put an end to the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) saga, for now.

The board voted 3-to-1 to only allow clubs in middle schools that “promote business, athletics, fine arts or critical thinking.” It is unclear whether GSAs could meet the criteria. The Superintendent would be the final arbiter.

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Lake County School Board postpones GSA discussion… again

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Once again, the Lake County School Board has delayed its decision on the future of clubs – including a much-debated Gay Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School – for the 2013-2014 school year. A July 8 date was advertised, but now the board says that was a mistake and the meeting is now set for August 12, just a week before August 19, the first day of school.

The American Civil Liberties Union says Lake County schools must allow GSAs because middle schools have other non-academic clubs.

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