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BREAKING! Fifth judge rules against Florida's gay-marriage ban

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- For the fifth time, a judge in Florida has ruled that the Sunshine State's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who is based in the state capital, ruled Thursday that the ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees due process and equal protection.

In Brenner v. Scott, the private attorneys sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples who argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Carson Kressley dishes about RuPaul, Rebecca Romijn and "Skin Wars"

Body painting grew up. High fashion stakes claim on the art form, a practice of humble beginnings and street fair heritage. Clowns, rainbows and cat faces matured and you know that for gospel when RuPaul and Carson Kressley, high priests of fashion, dip their toes in the water.

Or paint.

“Skin Wars” is a body-painting competition show; the first of it’s kind. Rebecca Romijn is host, and given her experience as Mystique in the “X-Men” films, Romijn knows her way around a jar of body paint. RuPaul and Carson Kressley will join her in Episode No. 3 as guest judges.

BREAKING! Gay marriage put on hold in Virginia

WASHINGTON DC -- Chief Justice John Roberts today granted a stay that will delay gay marriages in Virginia, until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the appeal.

Gay and lesbian couples who wanted to marry would have been able to do so starting at 8 am EDT Thursday, after a favorable ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the Schaefer v. Bostic case.

Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg and the anti-gay legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom sought the stay through the high court. Roberts is the justice who handles appeals coming out of the Fourth Circuit.

Federal court rules Indiana must recognize out-of-state gay marriages

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young late Tuesday ruled in Bowling v. Pence that Indiana’s law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions is unconstitutional.

The decision was stayed, pending an appeal.

Idaho loses bid for full hearing of gay marriage appeal

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal on Tuesday turned down Idaho's request to have its gay marriage appeal heard by the full appellate court.

Instead, the usual three-judge panel will hear oral arguments.

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BREAKING! Supreme Court to be asked to reject motion to delay Virginia marriages

WASHINGTON DC – The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal today will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michèle McQuigg seeking to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban.

They will join the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the primary sponsor of the Bostic case.

Court asked to compel Arizona to recognize marriage of gay couple battling serious illness

PHOENIX, Arizona -- Lambda Legal today asked a federal court to compel the state of Arizona immediately to recognize the marriage of George Martinez and Fred McQuire, a gay couple from Green Valley who have been together for 45 years and were married last month in California after George was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to his liver and was told that he only has months to live.

Homophobic law firm asks Chief Justice to halt gay marriages in Virginia

(Editor's update: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has given attorneys for the gay couples in the Virginia case until 5 pm Monday to respond to the request to stay the start of gay marriages, set to begin at 8 am Thursday EDT. The nation's high court has previously halted marriages in Utah and Oklahoma, pending appeal.)

WASHINGTON DC -- Attorneys from a rabidly anti-gay law firm, representing two county clerks in Virginia, late today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the start of gay marriages in the Old Dominion State.

Sole transgender staffer added to U.S. House

WASHINGTON DC -- The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute today announced the appointment of Ben Panico as a Victory Congressional Fellow for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

The appointment makes Panico the only openly transgender person working in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first openly transgender person to serve as a Victory Congressional Fellow.

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BREAKING! Fourth Circuit denies stay of gay marriage ruling in Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia -- The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today declined a request to stay its ruling that the ban on gay marriage in Virginia is unconstitutional.

A county clerk in Virginia has asked the appellate court to issue the stay while the ruling is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the three-judge panel turned down the motion.

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