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2010

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Senate changes hands and GOP wins governor’s office in three blue states

Republican candidates won enough U.S. Senate seats Tuesday night to take over the majority in both chambers of Congress, but in an even more stunning victory, Republicans took over the governor’s offices in three strongly Democratic states –Illinois, Maryland, and, Massachusetts.

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Ninth Circuit decision adds 5 more states to equality column, tally could reach 35

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday (October 7) struck down state bans against marriage for same-sex couples in Nevada and Idaho, but the ruling will –if not appealed— affect bans in Ninth Circuit states with similar bans: Alaska, Arizona, and Montana. That means the total count on marriage equality states could well reach 35 this week.

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Supreme Court refuses 7 marriage appeals; 5 to 11 more states will have freedom; tally could hit 30

In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans from five states. The action means that the stays placed on lower court decisions in all five states –decisions that struck down bans on marriage for same-sex couples—are immediately lifted, making way for the lower courts to issue orders requiring the states to stop enforcing their bans.

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Summer Finale: ‘doing this stupid thing’

A Seventh Circuit panel grilled attorneys for Indiana and Wisconsin this week over their reasons for banning marriage for same-sex couples. The Supreme Court extended a stay last week on a Fourth Circuit decision that Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. A gay dating app appears to have a ‘security flaw’ that may reveal too much about a user’s identity. And Michael Sam has been cut from the St. Louis Rams’ roster.

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A Closer Look

Counting states and calculating odds: Marriage equality still waits for nod from Supreme Court to finish the jobCounting states and calculating odds: Marriage equality still waits for nod from Supreme Court to finish the job

Trying to keep up with the number of states now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been tricky business the past few weeks. The number of new states coming “on line” with marriage equality have changed almost every day –sometimes back and forth. But Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe says that, when it comes to giving odds on the chance the U.S. Supreme Court will take and reverse a Sixth Circuit decision upholding state bans, he wouldn’t give odds much over 60-40.

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Breaking News

Sixth Circuit panel upholds bans on same-sex marriage, setting up national showdown for Supreme Court

In a decision that will compel the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of bans against marriage for same-sex couples, a panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that it is not unconstitutional for a state to ban marriage licenses to same-sex couples or refuse to recognize marriage licenses such couples obtain from other states.

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Healey makes history, Maloney survives, DeMaio’s in a squeaker, but Michaud comes up short

Maura Healey became the first openly gay person elected as a state attorney general, Sheila Kuehl won a hotly contested race in Los Angeles, Sean Maloney survived his U.S. House challenge, and Carl DeMaio may have won a squeaker in San Diego, but Mike Michaud lost his bid in Maine.

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Michaud gets major boost from Obama and a surprise move by an opponent

Media attention on Maine’s gubernatorial race was split Thursday between President Obama’s rally for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s bid to become the first openly gay person elected governor of any state and the shake-out over pro-gay third party opponent Eliot Cutler’s announcement that his supporters should feel free to vote for someone else.

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Next month’s elections may be one for the history books for LGBT candidates

This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Here are 10 races to watch November 4.

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Polis tries parliamentary maneuver in hopes of moving ENDA to the floor

Because House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to block ENDA from getting a vote, the discharge petition has become the only hope to force ENDA to the floor if the Republican-dominated chamber. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, with the backing of Democratic House leaders, filed a petition with the House clerk. It’s a long-shot but ENDA supporters need to find just 16 signatures to get the ball rolling.

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