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  • The looming dilemma: A long short list
    Renown Supreme Court advocate Ted Olson remembers the first time he had a chance to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court: He didn’t take it. It was a First Amendment case about billboards in San Diego. Olson had been practicing law for 15 years, he had represented his clients from the start, and […]

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  • A looming dilemma: Choosing an advocate
    Just beyond the February 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, the 36 attorneys signed onto briefs to strike down bans on marriage for same-sex couples will face another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally.

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  • The nagging question looming over the Supreme Court’s announcement on the Sixth Circuit marriage case appeals
    There is at least one small nagging question looming over the happy news Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeals of same-sex couples challenging laws in four states that refuse to license or recognize their marriages.

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  • Sparring continues among appeals courts as Supreme Court puts off marriage cases another week
    The U.S. Supreme Court put off until at least this Friday (January 16) a decision on whether it will hear appeals challenging a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that said states can ban same-sex couples from marrying. Meanwhile, three judges of the Ninth Circuit issued a blistering dissent against the full appeals courts refusal to hear appeals from Idaho and Nevada, and a three-judge panel at the Fifth Circuit heard arguments from challenges to three state bans on Monday.

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  • Ten stories that left a mark on 2014
    2014 played second-fiddle to 2013's blockbuster year in LGBT news, but there were still some tremendous gains and losses worthy of a second look.

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  • Counting states and calculating odds: Marriage equality still waits for nod from Supreme Court to finish the job
    Trying to keep up with the number of states now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been tricky business the past few weeks. The number of new states coming “on line” with marriage equality have changed almost every day –sometimes back and forth. But Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe says that, when it comes to giving odds on the chance the U.S. Supreme Court will take and reverse a Sixth Circuit decision upholding state bans, he wouldn’t give odds much over 60-40.

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  • Sixth Circuit panel upholds bans on same-sex marriage, setting up national showdown for Supreme Court
    In a decision that will compel the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of bans against marriage for same-sex couples, a panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that it is not unconstitutional for a state to ban marriage licenses to same-sex couples or refuse to recognize marriage licenses such couples obtain from other states.

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  • Senate changes hands and GOP wins governor’s office in three blue states
    Republican candidates won enough U.S. Senate seats Tuesday night to take over the majority in both chambers of Congress, but in an even more stunning victory, Republicans took over the governor’s offices in three strongly Democratic states –Illinois, Maryland, and, Massachusetts.

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  • Healey makes history, Maloney survives, DeMaio’s in a squeaker, but Michaud comes up short
    Maura Healey became the first openly gay person elected as a state attorney general, Sheila Kuehl won a hotly contested race in Los Angeles, Sean Maloney survived his U.S. House challenge, and Carl DeMaio may have won a squeaker in San Diego, but Mike Michaud lost his bid in Maine.

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  • Michaud gets major boost from Obama and a surprise move by an opponent
    Media attention on Maine's gubernatorial race was split Thursday between President Obama's rally for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s bid to become the first openly gay person elected governor of any state and the shake-out over pro-gay third party opponent Eliot Cutler's announcement that his supporters should feel free to vote for someone else.

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