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  • Key mid-term race to watch is the Kentucky senate, where prospects for ENDA could hinge on McConnell
    Most of the pundits are saying Republicans will take over the U.S. Senate and keep the House in the November 4 elections. If they’re right –and there is some room for doubt—the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will likely have to undergo a complete makeover.

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  • Next month’s elections may be one for the history books for LGBT candidates
    This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Here are 10 races to watch November 4.

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  • Ninth Circuit decision adds 5 more states to equality column, tally could reach 35
    A unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday (October 7) struck down state bans against marriage for same-sex couples in Nevada and Idaho, but the ruling will –if not appealed— affect bans in Ninth Circuit states with similar bans: Alaska, Arizona, and Montana. That means the total count on marriage equality states could well reach 35 this week.

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  • Supreme Court refuses 7 marriage appeals; 5 to 11 more states will have freedom; tally could hit 30
    In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans from five states. The action means that the stays placed on lower court decisions in all five states –decisions that struck down bans on marriage for same-sex couples—are immediately lifted, making way for the lower courts to issue orders requiring the states to stop enforcing their bans.

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  • Supreme Court: Which case makes the best case for marriage equality?
    The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as Tuesday (September 30) which marriage equality case –or cases— it will accept for review this session. But, while the Court has seven marriage equality cases to choose from during its private working conference Monday (September 29), it may not choose any of those seven for review. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hinted as much in public remarks last week.

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  • Polis tries parliamentary maneuver in hopes of moving ENDA to the floor
    Because House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to block ENDA from getting a vote, the discharge petition has become the only hope to force ENDA to the floor if the Republican-dominated chamber. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, with the backing of Democratic House leaders, filed a petition with the House clerk. It's a long-shot but ENDA supporters need to find just 16 signatures to get the ball rolling.

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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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