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Michigan gay couples wed after judge strikes down ban

By Rebecca Cook PONTIAC, Michigan (Reuters) - Officials in Michigan issued dozens of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in hastily arranged, joyful ceremonies on Saturday, a day after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on allowing gay couples to wed. At least 50 people had lined up in the Oakland County clerk's office in Pontiac, on the outskirts of the Detroit metropolitan area, when Clerk Lisa Brown arrived to open it at 8 a.m. local time carrying a heart-shaped balloon.

Court suspends same-sex marriage in Michigan

An appeals court on Saturday temporarily suspended same-sex marriages in Michigan, local media said, just the latest US state to wrestle with the thorny issue of gay rights. "To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the District Court's judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday," The Detroit News reported, citing the federal court order. On Friday, a federal judge in the midwestern state struck down a gay-marriage ban and found there was no "credible" evidence that heterosexual couples make better parents.

How to sort through the changes for same-sex tax filers

By Amy Feldman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Married same-sex couples this year will file their U.S. income tax returns just like heterosexual married couples because of the Supreme Court's decision in June to strike down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. For insight into how gay and lesbian couples should plan this tax season, we turned to Nanette Lee Miller and Janis Cowhey McDonagh, who head accounting firm Marcum's LGBT and nontraditional family practice.

Tennessee must recognize marriages of three same-sex couples: judge

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Tennessee must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of three couples who wed in other states, a federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday in a limited decision that echoed a similar case in neighboring Kentucky. Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final decision on the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on same-sex nuptials.

Tennessee must recognize marriages of three same-sex couples: judge

(Reuters) - Tennessee must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of three couples who wed in other states, a federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday in a limited decision that echoed a similar case in neighboring Kentucky. Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final decision on the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on same-sex nuptials.

Tennessee must recognize marriages of three same-sex couples: judge

(Reuters) - Tennessee must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of three couples who wed in other states, a federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday in a limited decision that echoed a similar case in neighboring Kentucky. Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final decision on the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages.

Portugal rejects gay partner adoption law

Lisbon Friday shot down a law that would allow same-sex couples to adopt the child of their partner, a step back for gay rights in Portugal. The so-called "co-parenting" bill, backed by the left-leaning opposition in Portugal's 230-seat parliament, was rejected by a narrow majority. The law would have allowed that "when two people of the same sex are married or cohabiting and one of them has parental responsibility for a minor, by blood or adoption, the spouse may adopt the minor".

Same-sex couples in Arizona file suit over state gay marriage ban

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A group of same-sex couples in Arizona filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge the state's ban on gay marriage, arguing that it violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, court documents showed. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by seven same-sex couples and two people whose same-sex partners had died, was the latest of a series of legal actions across the nation challenging such state bans.

Four couples sue to overturn Indiana's ban on gay marriage

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Four gay couples filed a federal lawsuit on Friday in an effort to halt Indiana's gay marriage ban and force the state to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who were wed elsewhere. The suit, filed by the Indiana couples in a New Albany federal court, challenges the state's Defense of Marriage Act, saying the law is unconstitutional by denying same-sex couples the rights, privileges and responsibilities extended to opposite-sex couples.

Same-sex couples challenge Wyoming's ban on gay marriage

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging on constitutional grounds Wyoming's ban on gay marriage, a gay advocacy group said, following a recent string of court decisions striking down similar restrictions. The couples argue the Western state's marriage restrictions and its refusal to recognize nuptials from other states violates guarantees of equal protection, according to a copy of the complaint provided by the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
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