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Proposal to make gay marriage legal in Ohio may be put to vote

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Gay rights supporters in Ohio were given the go-ahead on Tuesday to begin gathering signatures to put a proposed state constitutional amendment to make same-sex marriage legal before voters as soon as November. Ohio banned gay marriage by state constitutional amendment in 2004 and does not recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

U.S. judge orders Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Thursday ordered Kentucky to recognize the legal same-sex marriages of residents who wed outside the state, the office of the state attorney general said. The decision is the latest of a string of rulings that expand gay rights following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Scott Malone)

Arizona governor weighs fate of bill critics call anti-gay

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, under mounting pressure to veto a bill described by critics as a license to discriminate against gays in the name of religion, was due to meet with political groups on both sides of the issue on Wednesday as she weighs a decision.

Arizona lawmakers pass bill to allow faith-based refusal of services

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to customers when such work would violate their religious beliefs, in a move critics describe as a license to discriminate against gays and others.

Kentucky must honor out-of-state same-sex marriages -judge

By David Bailey (Reuters) - Kentucky must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of residents who wed outside the state, a federal judge said on Wednesday in the latest of a string of rulings that expand gay rights following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in Louisville said a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions including the striking down of a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year, led to his decision on Wednesday.

Same-sex couples sue Florida for right to wed

Six same-sex couples filed suit against the US state of Florida Tuesday for refusing to let them marry. The suit, filed in Miami-Dade county by the couples and the rights group Equality Florida, was immediately slammed by conservatives. "Marriage equality is inevitable and coming soon for Floridians because brave couples are demanding the dignity under the law that marriage provides," said Daniel Tilley, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

Same-sex couples sue Florida for right to wed

Six same-sex couples filed suit against the US state of Florida Tuesday for refusing to let them marry. The suit, filed in Miami-Dade county by the couples and the rights group Equality Florida, was immediately slammed by conservatives. "Marriage equality is inevitable and coming soon for Floridians because brave couples are demanding the dignity under the law that marriage provides," said Daniel Tilley, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

Lesbians seek class action against Virginia gay-marriage ban

By Gary Robertson HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Reuters) - Lawyers for two lesbian couples suing the state of Virginia in an effort to overturn its ban on same-sex marriage on Tuesday asked the federal judge hearing the case to certify it as a class action representing all gay couples in the state. The suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal claims Virginia's 2006 ban on gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions in other states violates the U.S. Constitution.

Hawaii lawmakers to hold special session to consider gay marriage

By Malia Mattoch HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii, which had a pioneering role in the acceptance of same-sex marriage in the United States two decades ago, could become the 15th state to extend marriage rights to gay couples when state lawmakers meet this week for a special session. Governor Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, has called the session to start on Monday to debate a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.

Republican lawmakers join New Mexico legal fight against gay marriage

By Zelie Pollon SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers in New Mexico lined up on Tuesday to join the legal fight against gay marriage in the state, arguing that a county clerk who voluntarily began issuing licenses to same-sex couples last month overstepped his authority. New Mexico state law does not expressly permit or prohibit gay unions, and Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins began handing out marriage licenses to gay couples two weeks ago, saying he believed "equal protection should apply to everyone."
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