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Oregon's next export? Discrimination, via an anti-gay ballot measure

At a time when we should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against same-sex couples, we're gearing up to fight another effort to discriminate against people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Oregon, once again, is the state where the opposition is focusing its efforts.

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TODAY: Celebrating 10th anniversary of historic marriages in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – Couples will gather today at San Francisco City Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the same-gender marriages performed there 10 years ago.

Newly elected Mayor Gavin Newsom shocked the nation a decade ago with his daring decision to let gay and lesbian couples marry, and almost 4,000 couples flocked to the city by the bay to wed. But four months later, the U.S. Supreme Court annulled those marriages, but the decision triggered a national movement in support of marriage equality.

Supreme Court halts gay marriages in Utah

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court decided today to issue a stay requested by the State of Utah to halt same-gender marriages in that state, pending an appeal.

The brief written order did not give an explanation for why the nation's high court issued the stay.

HRC blasts Utah for wasting taxpayer millions

WASHINGTON -- After the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that they would be continuing their appeal of a federal judge’s decision allowing marriage for lesbian and gay couples, the Human Rights Campaign condemned the move as an enormous waste of taxpayer dollars.

Providing no other details, the AG's Office said they will bring in outside counsel at the expense of taxpayers.

Australia: High court voids ACT law granting marriage equality

The Australia High Court on Thursday morning [it's already tomorrow Down Under] struck down a new law that permitted marriage for gay and lesbian couples who wed in the Australian Capital Territory, aka ACT.

Marriages began on Saturday in ACT, and more than two dozen couples took advantage of the law ahead of the high court ruling. Thursday's decision nullifies those marriages and sets up potential lawsuits against the government.

How did judge rule today on Hawaii's same-gender marriages?

HONOLULU -- A circuit court judge in Honolulu today refused to halt same-gender marriages, which are scheduled to begin Dec. 2 in Hawaii.

Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto rejected a request by a rabidly anti-gay state Rep. Bob McDermott and a group of Christians who argued that Hawaii's new marriage-equality law is unconstitutional.

The judge ruled that the group had legal standing -- something the State argued against -- but disregarded their claim. Sakamoto said the legislature has the power to govern marriage laws.

Did the Hawaii Senate approve marriage-equality bill today?

HONOLULU -- The Democratic-controlled Hawaii Senate voted 19-4 today to pass an amended version of SB 1, the marriage bill the upper chamber had recently approved. Three Senators were not present.

The Hawaii House voted 30-19 on Friday night to pass SB 1, after another marathon session marked by parliamentary rules challenges, abrupt recesses, and the introductions of a series of amendments by several anti-gay lawmakers that had no chance of passage. The House tweaked SB 1, which is why the bill was sent back to the Senate for a re-vote.

Did Hawaii Senate advance marriage bill today?

SDGLN media partner GLBTN has the breaking news out of Hawaii.

Did the Hawaii Senate pass SB1, the bill that would approve same-gender marriage in the Aloha State?

Will the Hawaii House take a vote?

Find out here in "This Just In: A live blog featuring LGBT news," which is updated constantly as the news warrants.














Two same-gender couples sue Texas for right to marry

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A gay couple and a lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit on Monday for the right to marry in Texas, which bans marriage equality.

Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes, and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, are the plaintiffs in the case filed in San Antonio by the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. According to mysanantonio.com:

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Hawaii resumes marriage debate in special session today

(Editor's note: Click HERE to watch the hearing LIVE.)

HONOLULU -- Hawaii returns to the marriage-equality debate today when lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a special session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who wants gay and lesbian couples to have the right to marry.

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