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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    Seven major LGBT groups have withdrawn their support for ENDA, amidst a raging debate over whether the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is good or bad for the community and whether the LGBT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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  • Speed Read: A lot can happen in a week…
    If this was a week you thought it was safe to take a vacation, you may have missed the big religious exemption ruling by the Supreme Court, a push for a religious exemption in President Obama's pending executive order, an appeal to the Supreme Court by a Pennsylvania clerk seeking to defend that state's marriage law, and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has a new baby girl.

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  • Legal activists call Hobby Lobby decision ‘radical’ and will require vigilance to protect LGBT equality
    Some LGBT legal activists say today’s decision in a U.S. Supreme Court religious exemption case amounts to a “dangerous and radical departure from existing law that creates far more questions than it answers.” Saying it is not providing a “shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice,” a 5 to 4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that a federal law may not require a closely held commercial employer to provide health...

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  • Speed Read: White House celebration
    The White House will host its annual Pride reception this afternoon. The Seventh Circuit federal appeals court issued a stay of a federal judge's ruling that Indiana's marriage ban is unconstitutional. And cases advance in Louisiana and Florida.

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  • Speed Read: Utah heading to Supremes
    Utah's attorney general says he'll go directly to the Supreme Court to challenge a federal appeals panel decision against the state's marriage ban for same-sex couples. Boulder --and now St.Louis-- have begun issuing marriage licenses. And the Supreme Court has curtailed the president's ability to make recess appointments.

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  • Speed Read: Appeals panel strikes ban
    For the first time post-DOMA being struck down, a federal appeals court has ruled that a state marriage ban for same-sex couples is unconstitutional but stayed the decision, pending appeal. A federal district court judge in Indiana declared that state's marriage ban unconstitutional, too. And House Speaker John Boehner says the House will sue to curb President Obama's use of executive orders.

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