ORMC doctor reveals Pulse shooting victims’ conditions, a survivor speaks out

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Orlando, Fla. (AP) – A doctor says six people wounded in the Orlando nightclub shooting are “critically ill” at the hospital and another five patients are in “guarded” condition.

Dr. Michael Cheatham of Orlando Regional Medical Center made the announcement at a news conference June 14.

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Kentucky clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses could testify

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COVINGTON, Ky. –— A local official in Kentucky who has stopped issuing marriage licenses after the legalization of same-sex marriage could testify in federal court July 20.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on the behalf of two gay couples and two straight couples. Attorneys tried to have Davis testify last week but a judge delayed her testimony because she had not been properly notified of the lawsuit against her. The hearing is scheduled to reconvene July 20 in Covington.

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Openly gay Methodist minister marries after resignation

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CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) – An openly gay United Methodist pastor has gotten married several days after he says he was forced to resign.

The Kalamazoo Gazette and South Bend Tribune report the Rev. Benjamin Hutchison married Monty Hutchison July 17 in Cassopolis outside southwestern Michigan’s historic Cass County Courthouse. Guests included about 30 ministers.

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Poll: Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage issue

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NEW YORK (AP) – The Supreme Court’s ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

The poll also found a near-even split over whether local officials with religious objections should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 47 percent saying that should be the case and 49 percent say they should be exempt.

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Same-sex couples sue Arkansas over birth certificates

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Three same-sex couples have sued Arkansas health officials for not allowing both spouses to be named on their children’s birth certificates.

The three lesbian couples sued the Department of Health on June 13 in Pulaski County Circuit Court and said they were told they would have to obtain a court order to name both parents on their children’s birth certificates. The couples asked to have both parents listed on the birth certificates following last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Russian bloggers show what happens when two men hold hands in Moscow

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MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian bloggers say they faced threats and violence when they walked through Moscow streets holding hands to gauge attitudes toward gays.

The men, who are straight and run a popular video blog, say they decided to use a hidden camera to record reactions in an “experiment” after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling recognizing same-sex marriage.

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Justice Kennedy compares gay marriage uproar to flag burning

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SAN DIEGO (AP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy July 15 likened controversy over the court’s decision to allow gay marriage to public reaction over the 1989 ruling that said burning an American flag was protected free speech.

Kennedy, who was the deciding vote in both cases, described how the reaction decades ago was critical at first but changed over time.

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Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit

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BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit July 14 accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses.

Jacqueline Cote says Wal-Mart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering benefits for same-sex spouses.

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Minister who refused to marry gay couple at Ohio courthouse now performing same-sex weddings

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TOLEDO, Ohio — A northern Ohio minister who wouldn’t marry a gay couple while on duty at a county courthouse has apparently changed his stance.

Court officials in Toledo say the minister performed two same-sex marriages late last week.

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Supreme Court Justice Kennedy to speak in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (AP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will address a group of lawyers and judges less than a month after authoring a decision that says gay and lesbian Americans have the same right to marry as others.

Kennedy’s appearance at the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference comes shortly after the nation’s highest court put an end to same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states that still maintained them and provided an exclamation point for breathtaking changes in the nation’s social norms in recent years.

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Indiana conservative leader urges defeat of gay protection proposals

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A prominent conservative lobbyist is working to defeat proposals in two northern Indiana cities for anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Advance America executive director Eric Miller was a leading supporter of Indiana’s religious objection law. He told about 100 people at an Elkhart church July 15 that defeat of the Elkhart and Goshen proposals would hurt a push for similar statewide sexual orientation protections.

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American Samoa questions gay marriage validity in territory

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AGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa is the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

As the Pacific island’s attorney general reviews the decision, legal observers and gay rights advocates are saying it should go into effect immediately. 

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