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June 2011

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A Closer Look

2016 presidential race so far: marriage, religion, a gay campaign manager, and Brunei

The 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up to be a particularly exciting and meaningful one for LGBT people. Hillary Clinton enters the race with an openly gay campaign manager. Rand Paul takes a swipe at her over accepting support from Brunei. And all the candidates will be wrestling with the conflict over “religious freedom” legislation.

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Breaking News

Supreme Court: Kennedy’s questions offer hope -and worry- for both sides in state marriage ban argumentSupreme Court: Kennedy’s questions offer hope -and worry- for both sides in state marriage ban argument

Though attorneys for same-sex couples tried numerous times to focus attention to the damage that bans on same-sex marriage inflict on the rights of LGBT people, the spotlight during Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court argument stayed largely on the rights of states to regulate marriage.

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Sparring continues among appeals courts as Supreme Court puts off marriage cases another week

The U.S. Supreme Court put off until at least this Friday (January 16) a decision on whether it will hear appeals challenging a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that said states can ban same-sex couples from marrying. Meanwhile, three judges of the Ninth Circuit issued a blistering dissent against the full appeals courts refusal to hear appeals from Idaho and Nevada, and a three-judge panel at the Fifth Circuit heard arguments from challenges to three state bans on Monday.

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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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