Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage survey

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s highest court cleared the way Sept. 7 for the government to conduct a public survey on whether gay marriage should be legalized.

Gay rights advocates had argued in the High Court that the government didn’t have the power to conduct the 122 million Australian dollar ($97 million) postal survey without Senate approval, but the court dismissed that challenge.

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Kenyan court orders government to register gay rights group

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Nairobi, Kenya (AP) – Kenyan judges on April 27 ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country’s gay people.

The Kenyan constitution recognizes and protects the rights of minorities, the three judges of the High Court said in their ruling. The Non-Governmental Organization Co-ordination Board had refused to register the rights group on religious and moral grounds.

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Georgia asks to halt same-sex marriage lawsuit until high court rules

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ATLANTA (AP) – Lawyers for the state of Georgia have asked a federal judge to stop any action on a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rule on the issue.

The Supreme Court on Jan. 16 announced it will hear arguments on whether same-sex couples have the right to marry in every state. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.

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New high court look at gay marriage? Now legal in 36 states

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate.

Some justices expressed reluctance about deciding the issue when more than half the country prohibited same-sex unions. With Florida joining in this week, 36 states allow them, nearly twice as many as just three months ago.

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A.G. Pam Bondi asks Florida Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Attorney General Pam Bondi has defended Florida’s gay marriage ban, but she now says she wants the state’s high court to settle whether the ban is legal.

Bondi’s office filed a request late Oct. 13 with the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami in the turnabout decision.

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French court extends adoption rights to lesbians

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PARIS (AP) — France’s highest court has ruled that married lesbians are allowed to adopt their partner’s child born through in vitro fertilization or other medically assisted reproduction.

The Cour de Cassation’s ruling is a consequence of the legalization of gay marriage in France last year.

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Arkansas high court reverses order in custody case

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Little Rock, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed a judge’s decision barring a man’s same-sex partner from staying overnight when his son visits.

A Pulaski County judge ruled last year that John Moix’s partner could not stay overnight when his son visits, citing a practice by judges of prohibiting unmarried cohabitation in the presence of children.

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