Man arrested in murder of transgender woman, whose body was burned

FORT MYERS, Florida -- A 45-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a transgender woman, whose body was burned after the crime and abandoned behind a Fort Myers truck rental business.

Terry Lynn Brady, of Fort Myers, has been charged with second degree murder in the June slaying of 31-year-old Yaz'min Shancez, whose birth name is Eddie James Owens. Brady was arrested at his probation office on Wednesday, according to the local media, and had two additional warrants out for his arrest.

Court urged to end delay on gay marriages in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia -- Following Monday’s ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, Lambda Legal today filed a motion asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to lift a stay it had entered pending the Fourth Circuit’s decision and enter judgment in Lambda Legal’s case on behalf of three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in West Virginia.

Lambda Legal is also asking the Court to deny a motion filed Tuesday by the State of West Virginia to extend the stay.

Lambda Legal urges Seventh Circuit to grant marriage for all Hoosiers

CHICAGO, Illinois -- Lambda Legal today filed its appellate brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the court to strike down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban.

Oral arguments in the case, Baskin v. Bogan, have been scheduled for Aug. 26.

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Video premiere! "Anything Goes" by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Fans of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett can get a sneak peak of their long-awaited collaborative jazz album “Cheek To Cheek,” with the release of their first single and video today.

The classic Cole Porter song, “Anything Goes,” is available today on iTunes and at other digital retailers.

An accompanying studio video featuring “Anything Goes” and footage from the recording sessions and moments during the making of “Cheek To Cheek” is currently available on YouTube and VEVO.

News analysis: Tenth Circuit's "strict scrutiny" opinion on gay marriage is huge

Today's opinion by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a lower court's ruling that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional just may be a bigger deal than the one by the Tenth Circuit in the Utah and Oklahoma cases.


BREAKING! Appeals court rules Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Virginia -- A federal appeals court today ruled in favor of a lower court ruling in Bostic v. Schaefer that found that Virginia's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

The decision will not take effect immediately, but will go into effect in 21 days, unless the defendants file a motion to stay the ruling. The ruling will also be stayed if the defendants ask the full court of appeals to review the case, according to the ACLU.

Alaska Supreme Court allows same-sex partners access to survivor benefits

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled unanimously that the same-sex partner of a person killed on the job should have access to the protection of Alaska’s workers’ compensation law.

Federal judge rules Colorado's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional

DENVER, Colorado -- A federal judge ruled today that Colorado's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction against the state law.

However, he “temporarily stayed” his preliminary injunction until 8 am Monday, Aug. 25 to allow Defendants time to seek relief from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court.

For those keeping score on the legal front, the 10th Circuit has already struck down state bans in Oklahoma and Utah.

North Dakota couples ask judge to invalidate state’s gay marriage ban

FARGO, North Dakota -- The seven same-sex couples who are challenging North Dakota’s laws banning marriage equality have asked a federal court to declare the laws unconstitutional.

In their request, made late Tuesday, the couples argue that North Dakota’s laws that prohibit marriage equality and the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples married in other states violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the United States Constitution. A hearing has not yet been scheduled for the court to consider the couples’ request.

Colorado Supreme Court orders Denver to stop issuing gay marriage licenses

DENVER, Colorado -- The Colorado Supreme Court on Friday ordered Denver to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but stopped short of blocking other clerks already issuing the licenses.

The order by Colorado's high court follows an emergency request filed by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday, asking the state Supreme Court to order the Denver clerk to stop issuing gay marriage licenses. The order also imposes a stay preventing the Adams County clerk — which was also named in the case — from issuing such licenses.

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