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Aug 20, 2014 — The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked an appeals court ruling that would have allowed gay marriages to begin in Virginia tomorrow.
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Aug 20, 2014 — Same-sex-marriage activists are working to win hearts and minds in the Deep South, where they've met the strongest resistance. One strategy is to host informal conversations.
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Aug 13, 2014 — The ruling came from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, which had taken up the case after a district court struck down Virginia's ban in February.
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Aug 7, 2014 — The outcome of the hearing could put more pressure on the Supreme Court to make a decision on states' same-sex marriage bans.
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Jul 18, 2014 — County clerks are making news by defying the state's gay-marriage ban, but Clela Rorex got there first. Decades ago, she issued a groundbreaking license to the first openly gay people she'd ever met.
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Jul 12, 2014 — The state says it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a federal appeals court order that it provide spousal benefits.
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May 20, 2014 — The ruling comes a day after another federal judge ruled Oregon's ban on gay marriage violated the constitution. Pennsylvania passed the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 1996.
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May 19, 2014 — In Oregon, a federal judge overturned a state ban on the practice. In Utah, a judge said the state must recognize hundreds of gay marriages that have already taken place.
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May 16, 2014 — In an on again, off again, legal tussle, the high court granted a request from the state's attorney general to put the issuing of licenses on hold.
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May 15, 2014 — In Little Rock, a judge struck down a prohibition on county clerks' issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. In Boise, a judge temporarily blocked a ruling allowing such marriages.
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