Indiana Senate leader: U.S. Supreme Court to act on marriage

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana’s Senate leader says the U.S. Supreme Court should act fast on the issue of marriage after a federal court struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Wednesday that only the Supreme Court can end the “chaos” being created by a series of lower court rulings on gay marriage. Federal Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana’s ban earlier Wednesday.

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Five things to know about the fight for marriage equality in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The surprise legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah in December catapulted the state to the center of a national debate and dominated the local political landscape.

Questions about the implications of the ruling appeared poised to eclipse the early weeks of the Legislative session. On the second day of the session, hundreds of supporters and opponents of gay marriage swarmed the Capitol for dueling rallies. As for lawmakers, they are working on bills that address gay marriage, gay rights, religious freedoms and gender identity, among other related issues.

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Utah takes marriage equality fight to Supreme Court

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state’s voter-approved ban.

The heavily Mormon state wants the marriages to stop while it appeals a judge’s decision, which said banning gay couples from marrying violates their right to equal treatment under the law.

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9 years later, marrage equality lawsuit still pending

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Tulsa, Okla. (AP) – Two same-sex couples who sued for the right to marry in conservative Oklahoma knew it would be a struggle, but they couldn’t have expected that nine years later, they would still be awaiting their day in court.

Their federal lawsuit is the longest-running active lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act, according to national gay marriage advocacy group Freedom to Marry.

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