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Penalties await gay couples trying to marry in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS | A same-sex couple applying for a marriage license in Indiana, where gay marriage is expressly prohibited by law, could face up to three years in prison for submitting the application to their county clerk -- even if it's denied.

A 1997 state law declares it a Class D felony to submit false information on a marriage license application or lie about the physical condition, including gender, of a marriage license applicant.

NWI Times
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July 9, 2013

Mike Pence, Indiana Governor, apologizes for removal of gay marriage Facebook comments

Gov. Mike Pence admitted Friday that some angry constituents were right.

Some of the hundreds of comments that his staff deleted from the governor’s official Facebook page this week were targeted, Pence said, because they expressed disagreement with his opposition to gay marriage.

And that went beyond the office’s internal policy of removing only profane, inflammatory or uncivil comments, Pence concluded.

Indianapolis Star
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July 9, 2013

Arizona same-sex partners file for formal Civil Union

BISBEE, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - It's not quite gay marriage, but as of today same sex couples can claim some of the privileges of married couples in one Arizona town.
     
It's Bisbee. 

Sometime small steps in small towns lead to big changes. In Bisbee, Kathy Sowden and Deborah Grier went to Bisbee City Hall to file the papers to recognize their 21 year relationship as a formal civil union.

The documents spell out how they want to handle some of the privileges that come with marriage like the ability to make medical decisions for each other.

KGUN9
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July 9, 2013

ACLU lawsuit aims to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage

The Supreme Court returned the battle over same-sex marriage to the states last month, and Deb and Susan Whitewood are among the first to pick up the fight.

A couple for 22 years with two teenage daughters, the Whitewoods filed suit on Tuesday to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage, one of the first of an expected outpouring of cases around the country to cite the court’s majority opinion that same-sex couples are denied a “status of immense import” and their children deprived of “the integrity and closeness of their own family.”

The New York Times
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July 9, 2013

Bringing Marriage Equality to Mississippi

While LGBT people around the nation celebrate the landmark victories for marriage equality at the Supreme Court, the Campaign for Southern Equality is once again bringing the fight for equality into the Deep South. 

The Advocate
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July 9, 2013

NYPD seek suspect in anti-gay assault

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is asking the public for help in identifying and tracking down a man wanted in connection with an assault that took place in Midtown South on Sunday morning.

Just after 3 a.m. a man who has been described as white or Hispanic, in his 40s with black hair, wearing a black tank top, black shorts, black sneakers, and carrying a dark-colored backpack apparently entered the Speedy Cafe and made anti-gay comments toward a pair of patrons. The suspect then kicked one of the men in the shoulder and fled on foot along West 32nd Street.

CBS New York
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July 8, 2013

FBI to join investigation of swastika burned outside PA home

SARVER, Pa. — A Butler County man said he woke up on Friday to find a symbol of hate in his front yard and now the FBI is offering their assistance with the investigation.

John Namey sent Channel 11 a message on Facebook, saying he found a large swastika burned into the grass of his Sarver home.

"It's a hateful thing. There is no place for that in this world, but unfortunately some people thrive on putting others down," said Namey.

WPXI
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July 8, 2013

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