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NATIONAL
December 23, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The federal judge who threw out Utah's ban on same-sex marriages has refused a state request to block gay weddings while the matter is taken to a high court. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby on Monday denied a request by the state that sought to bar gay weddings until the appeals process is completed. State officials are expected to seek action by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court had refused to issue a stay Sunday, saying it would wait until Shelby ruled.
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NATIONAL
November 9, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Hawaii is poised to join the list of states to allow same-sex marriage after the state's House of Representatives on Friday night approved a bill legalizing such unions. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he would sign the bill, SB1. The state's Senate passed a similar bill, 20 to 4, late last month. The House vote culminated an extraordinary committee hearing in which 5,000 people signed up to testify on the bill. Most of the debate Friday centered on amendments that would broaden exemptions for churches and religious organizations that do not want to be involved in gay weddings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The Marin County Republican Party has endorsed same-sex marriage in one of the first votes of its kind in the country. “This is our opportunity to redefine ourselves to the people of Marin County," said Kevin Krick, chairman of the local party. “We wanted to demonstrate that we are inclusive.” The Marin County Republicans held the vote at their monthly meeting on Thursday. Local party organizations are autonomous, and the vote does not change the state or national Republican Party's opposition to same-sex marriage.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Forget economic stimulus checks. Same-sex marriages may give California just the financial boost it needs. Wedding planners, bakers and hotels began booking more business almost immediately after the state Supreme Court's May 15 decision overturning a ban on gay marriage. Citing pent-up demand, one UCLA study projects that same-sex unions could provide a $370-million shot in the arm to the state economy over the next three years.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday as Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill into law that will allow gay weddings as soon as Dec. 2.  "Finally, today now all those who have been invisible will be visible to themselves and the whole world," Abercrombie said before he sat down and signed the bill. Abercrombie said that he never thought he would "have both the opportunity and responsibility" to do something as profound as the legalizing of same-sex marriage.
NATIONAL
November 14, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A judge refused Thursday to block implementation of Hawaii's new gay-marriage law in court Thursday morning, clearing the way for the state to issue its first-same sex wedding licenses.  Hawaii Rep. Bob McDermott had asked for a temporary restraining order to delay any marriages until the court can rule on whether the law conflicts with a 1998 constitutional amendment that gave the Legislature the power to limit marriages to those between a...
NATIONAL
July 25, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The Big Apple raked in $275 million in economic benefits plus city revenues directly linked to New York state's decision to embrace gay marriage. “Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free -- and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference this week. New York legalized gay marriage in July 2011. Since then, more than 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in New York City, about 10% of all marriage licenses issued in the city during that time, officials said.
NEWS
March 1, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
Cheers rang out in the marble hallway of the Maryland State House as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a gay marriage law and handed the pens to gay members of the General Assembly who were gathered behind him. "For a free and diverse people, for a people of many faiths, for a people committed to the principle of religious freedom, the way forward is always found for the greater respect of the equal rights of all, for the human dignity of all," O'Malley said...
NATIONAL
March 1, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
Cheers rang out in the marble hallway of the Maryland State House as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a gay marriage law, before handing off the pens to gay members of the General Assembly gathered around him. "For a free and diverse people, for a people of many faiths, for a people committed to the principle of religious freedom, the way forward is always found for the greater respect of the equal rights of all, for the human dignity of all," the...
NATIONAL
December 19, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Frank Schaefer had prepared for the worst, but his voice shook Thursday as he described how it felt to be defrocked by the United Methodist Church after he refused to comply with its law against same-sex marriage. "I guess I took it harder than I thought I would," Schaefer said shortly after a private meeting in which church officials demanded that the pastor from Lebanon, Pa., surrender his credentials. "I was prepared for it, but it's traumatic. " Schaefer, who officiated at his son's marriage to another man in 2007, appealed, setting the stage for a drawn-out battle over an issue that has put the United Methodist Church at odds with some of its clergy and with public attitudes toward same-sex marriage.
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