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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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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.
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.
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 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.
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...
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...
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Shan Li, Adolfo Flores and Ricardo Lopez
On the day the Supreme Court handed two major victories to the gay rights movement, Rossmoor Pastries in Signal Hill put the finishing touches on a wedding cake celebrating gay marriage. The cake - creamy white topped with two same-sex couples kissing - is the first of many that owner Charles Feder anticipates baking as gay weddings resume in the Golden State. He expects gay wedding celebrations, along with future anniversary fetes and baby showers, to be a boon to his business. "When gay marriage was allowed previously in California, we did three or four [cakes]
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2003 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
It was the year of the man, and the woman, on TV in 2003. It just happens that it was man with man, and woman with woman. While NBC's "Will & Grace," HBO's "Six Feet Under" and Showtime's "Queer as Folk" continue to attract audiences, a new set of shows about or featuring gay and lesbian characters exploded onto the broadcast and cable networks, giving gays their most prominent presence yet in the TV mainstream.
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...
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