Counseling group cancels conference to target Tennessee law

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – By canceling its conference in Tennessee next year, the American Counseling Association wants to put other states on notice that new LGBT laws can carry consequences, the group’s leader said.

The cancellation announced May 10, hinted at after the Tennessee General Assembly passed a new law letting therapists decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles, is aimed at preventing similar measures elsewhere.

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Judge rules police targeted gay men, dismisses charges

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Long Beach (AP) – A judge who said police improperly targeted gay men in sting operations has dismissed charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure against a man who was arrested in a public bathroom.

Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina ruled April 29 that Rory Moroney’s arrest in 2014 was based on discriminatory enforcement and prosecution, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

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Tennessee argues that lawyers on historic LGBT rights case are overcharging taxpayers

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Nashville, Tenn. (AP) – A group of lawyers seeking $2.3 million for their work overturning Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage are overbilling taxpayers, according to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery. Slatery says they only deserve $1.1 million.

The Tennessean reports that an unsealed court document shows Slatery arguing that lawyers who worked in other states involved in the historic civil rights case asked for less money.

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Judge awards KY attorneys $1 million for Supreme Court win

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Louisville, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge awarded a team of Kentucky attorneys more than $1 million for their role in the landmark United States Supreme Court case that struck down bans on same-sex marriage.

The state will have to pick up the $1.1 million tab.

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US Marine admits choking transgender Filipino, denies murder

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A U.S. Marine charged with murder testified in court Aug. 24 that he choked a Filipino unconscious during a fight that started when he discovered that she was a transgender woman in a Philippine motel but stressed that he didn’t kill her, his lawyer said.

Lawyer Rowena Flores said her client, Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, told the court in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila, that Jennifer Laude was unconscious but breathing when he left her in the shower of a motel, where they checked in to have sex after meeting in a bar in October last year. Pemberton panicked after seeing her unconscious and left.

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Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern April 28 for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration’s top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

The cases come from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, all of which had their marriage bans upheld by the federal appeals court in Cincinnati.

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Va. registrar praised for letter on same-sex births

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Civil liberties lawyers are applauding Virginia’s registrar of vital records for outlining new procedures to ensure the children of same-sex married couples are properly recorded by hospitals.

Registrar Janet M. Rainey outlined the procedures in a late January letter.

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Same-sex marriage case won’t be televised

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Washington, D.C. – Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor have changed their views about letting cameras into the courtroom for the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage.

Justice Sotomayor addressed an audience in West Palm Beach, Fla., believing that cameras could impact how both the justices and the lawyers behaved in court.

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No trial planned in Arizona same-sex marriage case

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PHOENIX (AP) – Lawyers for Arizona and a group of gay and lesbian couples who sued over the state’s ban on same-sex marriage want a judge to decide the case without a trial.

The attorneys told U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick on July 7 they think he can instead rule based on arguments each side will file in the coming months.

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Nevada attorney general: gay marriage ban “serves a legitimate purpose”

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – State lawyers for Gov. Brian Sandoval say Nevada’s constitutional ban on gay marriage serves a legitimate purpose of preserving traditional marriage.

The attorney general’s office late Jan. 21 filed a response with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over a challenge to Nevada’s definition of marriage.

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Lawyers: Don’t rush New Jersey into marriage equality

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A New Jersey judge should not rush into allowing same-sex marriage in the state without carefully considering quickly changing legal issues, lawyers for the state government said in a court filing Friday.

The state says gay rights advocates may be misinterpreting details of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in their push to get gay marriage recognized in New Jersey, that the issue is not ready to be decided yet and that a quick ruling would be inappropriate.

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PA county defends granting same sex marriage licenses

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Norristown, Pa. (AP) – Lawyers asked a state court to throw out a lawsuit that seeks to stop a defiant county official from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, who cannot legally wed in Pennsylvania.

County attorneys for Montgomery County clerk D. Bruce Hanes said he has a sworn duty to uphold the Pennsylvania and U.S. constitutions – and Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage violates both, they argued.

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