What’s at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The decision in United States v. Windsor did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

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Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society’s view of what constitutes a marriage, especially without more information about how same-sex marriage affects children who are raised by two fathers or two mothers.

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Gay marriage bans in Nevada, Idaho struck down

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco made the ruling Oct. 7. It did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December.

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Virginia same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled July 28 that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Colorado judge strikes down gay marriage ban but issues stay

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DENVER (AP) – For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry.

They repeated that even as they struggled for years to get civil unions passed through the Colorado Legislature. Then, less than a year after civil unions became law here on July 1, 2013, state courts began to topple gay marriage bans across the country, albeit with stays pending appeals to higher courts.

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Federal court rules Utah’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional

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Denver (AP) — A federal appeals court for the first time says a state cannot prevent gay people from getting married.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver found that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The judges upheld a lower court ruling that struck down the ban in December.

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Indiana’s ban on gay marriage struck down

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Indianapolis (AP) — A federal judge has struck down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled June 25 that the state’s ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause in a mixed ruling involving lawsuits from several gay couples.

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