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Speed Read: Messing with Texas

The Tenth Circuit hears its second same-sex marriage appeal this afternoon. The United Nations is admonishing Brunei for its new requirement of stoning to death people who engage in sodomy. And four couples in Ohio get some limited relief from the state ban on recognizing marriages of same-sex couples.

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Speed Read: Holy taxi dilemma

A ballot measure to require that same-sex marriages in Ohio be treated equally under the law cleared its first hurdle yesterday. The India Supreme Court ordered that people of a “third gender” be treated equally as citizens. And Muslim cab drivers balk at using taxis that display Gay Games ads.

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Speed Read: Push back in Mississippi

A Ohio judge has issued his decision striking down the state ban on same-sex couples marrying but indicated me may grant only a partial stay of the decision. The ACLU has filed a second lawsuit in Maine seeking recognition for out-of-state marriage licenses of same-sex couples.

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Speed Read: Let us eat bologna!

A federal judge in Ohio today is expected to issue his formal ruling, striking down that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying. Senator Baldwin is fighting for the right to call bologna bologna. And Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will run the Boston Marathon next Monday.

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Utah marriage cases cued up before the Tenth Circuit today, and next weekUtah marriage cases cued up before the Tenth Circuit today, and next week

The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. A three-judge panel will scrutinize the decision last December that held the state constitution’s definition of marriage as being only between “a man and a woman” is not permissible under the U.S. Constitution.

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Utah marriage cases cued up before the Tenth Circuit today, and next weekUtah marriage cases cued up before the Tenth Circuit today, and next week

The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals today will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. A three-judge panel will scrutinize the decision last December that held the state constitution’s definition of marriage as being only between “a man and a woman” is not permissible under the U.S. Constitution.

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Report urges push to get the full picture on LGBT health in CDC data sweepReport urges push to get the full picture on LGBT health in CDC data sweep

A report released March 27 by the Boston-based Fenway Institute has found important health-related risks within the LGB community that are not well-documented or well-known and not addressed by prevention and treatment programs.

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Supreme Court hearing on religious exemptions seems “deeply worrisome”Supreme Court hearing on religious exemptions seems “deeply worrisome”

The implications of two U.S. Supreme Court cases argued Tuesday for LGBT people and for laws that seek to prevent discrimination against LGBT people were a big part of the political discourse Tuesday afternoon. Jenny Pizer, director of Lambda Legal’s Law and Public Policy program, said her sense of how the arguments went is “deeply worrisome.”

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Sixth Circuit stays Michigan until Wednesday; hundreds already marriedSixth Circuit stays Michigan until Wednesday; hundreds already married

The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a stay at 5 p.m. Saturday of a district court decision Friday that struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex couples marrying. Meanwhile, hundreds of same-sex couples married before the stay was issued. The appeals court is expected to render its decision on the stay Wednesday.

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Rhode Island gay House speaker resigns post following raid on home and officeRhode Island gay House speaker resigns post following raid on home and office

The openly gay speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, abruptly resigned his leadership position Saturday following a raid by state and federal investigators on his home and State House office Friday.

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