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Judge rules Louisiana's gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana -- A district judge in Louisiana today ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, putting him at odds with another district judge who decided just the opposite.

District Judge Edward Rubin presided over a case involving a lesbian couple who legally married in another state and sued the State of Louisiana so that they could adopt children.

Carl DeMaio supportive of ENDA, despite claims of some LGBT groups

SAN DIEGO, California -- Despite what some critics have tried to make him out to be, congressional candidate Carl DeMaio made it clear that he is supportive of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), federal legislation that bars employers from discriminating against LGBT people in the workplace.

Gay inaugural poet pens ode to marriage equality

An extraordinary video poem, written by America's first openly gay inaugural poet Richard Bianco and directed by Yen Tan ("Pit Stop") and David Lowery ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints"), debuted Sunday on YouTube.

"Until We Could" celebrates love and the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.

Golden Globe winning actress Robin Wright ("House Of Cards") and actor Ben Foster ("X-Men") narrate the video poem, which weaves in images of same-sex couples with Bianco's beautiful words.

House Democrats make move trying to force vote on ENDA

WASHINGTON DC – Four Democrats in the U.S. House, lead by openly gay Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado), filed a discharge petition today that could force the Republican-controlled body to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that overwhelmingly passed the Senate.

According to The Hill, the petition would need to win the backing of 218 lawmakers to force House consideration of the non-discrimination bill passed last year by the Senate.

Social Media sleuths help ID suspects in gay bashing

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Police say Social Media users have provided a key assist in efforts to track down a dozen suspects in a brutal assault on two gay men in Center City Philadelphia.

Action News has learned attorneys for several members of a group caught on camera the night of the attack have now called police.

Those attorneys were making arrangements to bring their clients in for questioning on Wednesday.

Transgender princess faces backlash, but stays strong

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – A Colorado high school has crowned a transgender student as homecoming princess, and the decision has sparked widespread controversy on Social Media about whether the school district should allow this to happen.

Colorado Springs’ District 49 says they don’t exclude any student from participating in programs or activities based on gender identity or expression.

Homecoming princess Scarlett Lenh was born a boy, but feels more comfortable living life as a girl.

Transgender teen, center of controversy, escapes from custody

HARTFORD, Connecticut -- A transgender girl whose imprisonment without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates has escaped from custody in Connecticut.

The Department of Children and Families says in a statement that the girl identified as Jane Doe escaped Tuesday while attending her first day at a therapeutic program. Police and department staff are working to locate her.

Arkansas AG asks state's high court to uphold gay marriage ban

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas -- The Attorney General's Office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Monday asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza struck down the ban earlier this year, and 541 same-sex couples were married before the ruling was suspended by the state Supreme Court pending appeals.

Gay marriages in Indiana, Wisconsin put on hold

CHICAGO, Illinois -- The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a stay on its ruling saying Indiana and Wisconsin's same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

This means same sex couples cannot get married in Indiana or Wisconsin until this case runs through the rest of the appeals process, which means the US Supreme Court.

Both the state and plaintiffs have asked the high court to hear the case on appeal.

The Justices are set to consider whether to take the case later this month.

Judge: Arizona must respect Fred and George's marriage

PHOENIX, Arizona – A federal judge ruled today that the state of Arizona must respect the marriage of military veterans Fred McQuire and George Martinez, for the purposes of being listed as married on a death certificate.

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