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  • Summer Finale: ‘doing this stupid thing’
    A Seventh Circuit panel grilled attorneys for Indiana and Wisconsin this week over their reasons for banning marriage for same-sex couples. The Supreme Court extended a stay last week on a Fourth Circuit decision that Virginia's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. A gay dating app appears to have a 'security flaw' that may reveal too much about a user's identity. And Michael Sam has been cut from the St. Louis Rams' roster.

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  • Sunday Speed: Va. stay expires Thursday
    The Supreme Court could decide this week whether to extend a stay of a Fourth Circuit ruling that, if not extended, will expire Thursday morning, enabling same-sex couples to marry in Virginia and, perhaps, in other Fourth Circuit states. The ballot battle over Houston's human rights ordinance has been postponed until at least next year. And a 99-year-old athlete wows the crowds at the Gay Games.

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  • Sunday Speed: 3 cases at Supreme Court
    Three separate appeals were filed with the Supreme Court this week, seeking the high court's ruling on whether states can ban same-sex couples from marrying or refuse to recognize the marriage licenses same-sex couples have obtained in other states. A Houston judge has scheduled a hearing for next Friday over a lawsuit to force a referendum onto the city's November ballot concerning the recently passed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

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  • Sixth Circuit GOP judges: Why not let the voters decide who gets to marry?
    The three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seemed to signal pretty clearly where they’re headed on the six marriage equality lawsuits they heard arguments in Wednesday: toward the first federal appeals ruling to undo lower court rulings that held state bans on marriage for same-sex couples to be unconstitutional.

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  • Speed Read: Virginia seeks Supreme leap
    The White House welcomes the president of Uganda tomorrow to the U.S.-Africa Summit. Doubts are expressed about likelihood of Utah's appeal being accepted at the U.S. Supreme Court. And only 46 percent of LGBT people consider themselves "liberal."

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  • Fourth Circuit panel votes 2 to 1 to strike Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban
    It was clear from the oral argument that two out of three of the judges on a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel would vote on opposite sides concerning the constitutionality of Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The question was how the third judge would vote. That question was answered Monday: He voted against the ban.

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  • Speed Read: Tough ruling in Colorado
    It wasn't unusual that a federal district court judge declared Colorado's marriage ban for same-sex couples unconstitutional, but he bucked the trend by presuming the U.S. Supreme Court would grant a stay of his decision. Two potential presidential candidates make very different moves regarding LGBT people. And Indiana and Wisconsin can't skip a court in defending their bans.

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  • President signs historic executive order
    President Obama this morning (July 21) signed a long-sought executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which includes sexual orientation) for federal employees a prohibition of discrimination based on gender identity.

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  • Speed Read: No religious exemption
    President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people but, importantly, it does not provide a new exemption to allow contractors to claim a religious-based need to discriminate.

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  • Speed Read: All eyes on Supreme Court
    Seven major LGBT groups have withdrawn their support for ENDA, amidst a raging debate over whether the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is good or bad for the community and whether the LGBT community should accept a religious exemption to ENDA to get enough Republican support for passage. Utah has taken its defense of its ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court, skipping a hearing by the full Tenth Circuit. And there's an "underground railroad" underway to help LGBT people escape...

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