Homeland Security set to issue new terror alert

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The Homeland Security is set to issue a new terror alert system bulletin that will highlight the threat environment facing the United States.

The bulletin will be effective June 16, the same day a bulletin issued in December expires.

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Arkansas updates birth certificates for some same-sex couples

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Little Rock (AP) – The Arkansas Health Department has decided to issue amended birth certificates for children of same-sex couples who can prove they were married before the child was born, an agency spokeswoman confirmed Dec. 7.

The department reviewed an order from Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox and decided to amend those specific birth certificates starting last Friday, department spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said. As of Monday morning, Mirivel said “a few” couples had applied for the amended certificates.

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Kim Davis tells “Good Morning America” she’s not a hypocrite

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FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) – She’s already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples.

Lawyers for two gay couples and two straight couples questioned the validity of the new marriage licenses and asked a federal judge to order Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office to reissue them Sept. 21. If she refuses, the lawyers asked the judge to put the office in receivership and have someone else do it.

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Guam rejects territory’s first same-sex marriage license application

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HAGATNA, Guam — Guam on April 8 rejected a marriage license application from the first-same sex couple to apply for the document in the U.S. territory.

A Department of Public Health and Social Services clerk refused to accept an application filed by Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero.

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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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Couple files lawsuit to keep licenses issued with married name

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Melbourne – A same-sex Central Florida couple filed a lawsuit in federal court Nov. 25 after receiving a letter earlier this month from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles about their drivers’ licenses being cancelled because they legally changed their names with their out-of-state marriage licenses.

When Watermark reached out to the couple on the Nov. 25 deadline, Daniel said his license was cancelled but Scott changed his license back to its original form so that they “could survive as a household.

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1st gay marriage licenses issued in South Carolina

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A judge issued the first gay marriage licenses and a couple was married in South Carolina on Nov. 19, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the unions.

Judge Irvin Condon’s office issued six licenses in the first 90 minutes the Charleston County Probate Court office was open and one of the couples, Kristin Anderson and Kayla Bennett, exchanged vows outside the office.

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Death certificate issued to same-sex couple recognizes their marriage

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Fort Myers – The state of Florida has officially recognized a same-sex couple for the first time… through a death certificate.

The Florida Department of Health Oct. 8 issued a death certificate that says Arlene Goldberg of Ft. Myers is the spouse of her deceased wife Carol Goldwasser. This is the first document issued by Florida recognizing the marriage of a same-sex couple.

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Keys marriage forms changed to accommodate same-sex couples

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KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) – Marriage-license forms in the Florida Keys have been changed to accommodate same-sex couples, even though a judge’s ruling that gays can marry in Monroe County has been stayed pending a state appeal.

Since Judge Luis M. Garcia ruled July 17, siding with same-sex couples in the Keys who challenged Florida’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage as discriminatory, the county clerk’s office has been inundated with calls from people making plans to fly to Key West for their weddings, said Ron Saunders, the attorney for the clerk’s office.

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