LGBT-rights group urges Guam governor to allow gay marriage

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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) – The nation’s largest gay rights organization and Guam’s biggest newspaper are blasting the territory’s governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples.

Guam’s attorney general on April 15 said government officials should begin issuing licenses after a lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit because they were denied a marriage application. But state officials, backed by the governor, refused the attorney general’s directive because it wasn’t a binding legal opinion. Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo said lawmakers or the public could change the law to allow same-sex marriage, if that was their will.

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Appeals court won’t re-hear Nevada, Idaho same-sex marriage cases

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco won’t re-hear a decision by a three-judge panel allowing same-sex marriages in Nevada.

Attorney Peter Renn of the gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal welcomed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order.

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Top 5 State Stories of 2014

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Lawsuits challenge marriage ban
Five lawsuits were filed in 2014 against the state, arguing against the constitutional amendment banning the recognition of same-sex marriages. In each case, judges have ruled the ban unconstitutional.

Pam Bondi’s ongoing appeals
Each time a judge ruled against Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal requesting a stay on the decision. Her latest request for an extended stay was filed Dec. 15.

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Louisiana asks Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage case

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The state of Louisiana agrees with gay rights activists about one thing: asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take the rare step of hearing an appeal of Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages before a federal appeals court rules.

The request filed this week by Washington attorney Kyle Duncan asks the justices to hear appeals of Louisiana’s case and the only other federal court decision to uphold gay marriage bans. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

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Federal judge rules Montana’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Nov. 19 overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

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Justice hints at court split on same-sex marriage review

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas suggested Nov. 13 that the Supreme Court was divided over whether to hear the gay marriage cases the justices rejected last month.

Thomas offered a peek at what happened behind the scenes when the court turned away appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin on Oct. 6.

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SC seeks dismissal of same-sex marriage challenge

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s attorney general is asking a federal judge to toss out a challenge to the state’s gay marriage ban.

Attorney General Alan Wilson argues in court documents filed Nov. 10 that a federal case brought by a same-sex couple in Charleston should be dismissed. He cites last week’s federal appeals court decision upholding such bans in other states.

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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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Las Vegas wedding chapels ready for gay weddings

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – The marriage licenses are already gender neutral. Chapel photographers have been practicing shooting two brides wearing white gowns. And an ordained Elvis impersonator will be waiting at the end of the aisle.

Las Vegas, the land of wedding chapels, is ready for gay weddings.

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A look at how same-sex marriage is unfolding in 11 states

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The Supreme Court on Oct. 6 denied appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin in which those states sought to prohibit same-sex marriage. The decision also means couples in six other states—Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming—should be able to get married soon.

The development effectively raises the number of states with legal same-sex marriage from 19 to 30—a majority of U.S. states—and means that as many as 60% of Americans will be living in states that have legalized the practice.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the 11 states affected by the Supreme Court’s denial:

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Equality leaders celebrate adoption ban anniversary with renewed push for marriage equality

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Talalhassee – Four years ago, Florida’s three decades-old ban on same-sex couples adopting children fell when then-governor Charlie Crist refused to appeal. That’s the motivation to keep fighting for marriage equality in Florida, leaders said in two separate press conferences held on Sept. 22.

The two phone conferences, held in Tallahassee and Miami, featured Nadine Smith of Equality Florida, George Sheldon, a Democrat running for Florida Attorney General, and Martin Gill, the plaintiff in the historic adoption case four years ago.

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Court rejects challenge to NJ gay conversion therapy ban

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s ban on so-called gay conversion therapy was upheld by a federal appeals court on Sept. 11, though the three-judge panel took issue with a key aspect of a lower court’s ruling.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower-court ruling in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban filed by two associations and two licensed therapists who practice what are called “sexual orientation change efforts,” referred to in court filings by the acronym SOCE.

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