Fight brews with farmer who bars LGBTQ weddings at orchard

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A farmer wants the courts to step in after he was barred from a Michigan farmers market because he doesn’t allow gay couples to marry at his apple orchard.

The Lansing State Journal reports that a conservative Christian nonprofit is representing farmer Steve Tennes.

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Trial postponed for judge who refused to marry gay people

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The trial for suspended Oregon judge Vance Day, who rose to national prominence after refusing to marry gay couples, and was later indicted on separate criminal charges, has been postponed.

Marion County judge Julie Frantz on Monday granted a motion to move the trial from Day’s home county, where he faces charges of giving guns to a felon. The ruling, made by Frantz from the bench, was announced in a Monday release by a spokesman for the Oregon Judicial Department.

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Philadelphia archbishop says no Communion for sexually active gay couples

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia says divorced and remarried parishioners should abstain from sex and live “like brother and sister” if they want to receive Holy Communion and haven’t had their previous marriage annulled.

Archbishop Charles Chaput issued a new set of pastoral guidelines for clergy and other leaders in the archdiocese.

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Osceola County to consider domestic partnership registry

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Officials at Orlando Regional Medical Center — where many victims of the Pulse shooting were treated — refused to disclose medical information to the gay partners of some of those wounded in the attack, according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

The hospital cited the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, as the reason. HIPAA is a 1996 law designed to protect citizens’ rights to privacy about their medical information.

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Virginia court hands down ruling on gay couples in divorce law

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled that a person doesn’t need to pay alimony to a former spouse if the payee is in a new relationship with a member of the same sex.

The decision clarifies a section of Virginia’s divorce law which states that alimony payments can be cut off if the payee remarries or has been cohabiting with another person for at least a year.

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Hundreds protest anti-LGBT Mississippi law

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Jackson (AP) – Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they’re not giving up their fight.

The law, which takes effect July 1, allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples and transgender people.

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Same-sex couples set to legally marry in Colombia

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Bogota (AP) – Colombia’s highest court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation.

Gay couples in Colombia were already allowed to form civil unions. But the ruling by the Constitutional Court for the first time allows them to wed the same as heterosexual couples.

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Florida’s fight against marriage equality will cost taxpayers plenty

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(AP) — Florida’s fierce fight to keep intact a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is going to wind up costing taxpayers.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, who declared the prohibition unconstitutional nearly two years ago, has ordered the state to pay the fees of attorneys who filed federal lawsuits challenging the ban.

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Colombia becomes fourth Latin American country to legalize gay marriage

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Bogota, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s highest court is paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation.

Gay couples in Colombia were already allowed to form civil unions, with many benefits of marriage including inheritance, pensions and health benefits. But the symbolically important right to wed was something that so far has been denied.

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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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Cyprus’ first public gay wedding takes aim at prejudices

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LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) – The newlyweds wanted to go all-out with their wedding celebrations. All the trappings of a traditional Cypriot wedding were on display; the huge line of well-wishers with cash-filled envelopes in hand, a band playing the latest Greek pop hits and the mandatory roasted pork.

Marios Frixou and Fanos Eleftheriades said they wanted it that way, a public declaration of their commitment to each other. Their hope is to offer other gay couples on the small east Mediterranean island nation the courage to be open about their love for each other.

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“Separate but equal” marriage license bill moves to Senate floor with bipartisan support

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Frankfort, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers want to create two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples, in a move critics say harks back to the “separate but equal” days of the civil rights movement.

One marriage license form would note the “bride” and “groom” and the other form would note “first party” and “second party.” Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Stephen West of Paris said couples, both gay and straight, could use either form.

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