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Lambda Legal and ACLU to file marriage equality lawsuit in Virginia

Virginia is for lovers...that is, if Lambda Legal and the ACLU have anything to say about it. 

In the wake of the momentous victories for marriage equality handed down by the Supreme Court, Lambda Legal has announced that it has already set its sights on a new target--Virginia. Greg Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in the group's Southern Regional Office, had this to say:

Towleroad
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July 9, 2013

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

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