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What North Carolina's refusal to recognize gay marriages really means

Think of what it would mean for someone who has been with their partner for decades to face losing a spouse, while the state insists they're not really married. That's exactly what many same-sex couples are facing in North Carolina.

Today, we filed a new lawsuit seeking relief for three North Carolina families facing desperate situations.

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55 gay marriage cases, and counting

As the national spotlight on marriage grows ever brighter and polling continues to show Americans moving inexorably in the direction of supporting equality for same-sex couples, appeals on two cases challenging state constitutional marriage bans will be heard by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver this month.

On Thursday, April 10 – barely a year after being filed in federal court in Utah – Kitchen v. Herbert will go before a three-judge panel that will consider a judge’s December ruling that struck down the state’s ban on marriage equality.

Gays and lesbians more popular than Evangelicals among voters, poll

The moral cause embedded in the marriage equality movement is potent, but the debate may come down to a simple matter of popularity.

Anti-gay Family Research Council presses Mississippi to pass license-to-discriminate law

Apparently Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, GOP voice Newt Gingrich, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, decidedly rightwing Gov. Jan Brewer, and the many other conservatives who came out against Arizona's gloriously failed license-to-discriminate bill are "shrill and irrational voices," as are the countless people of faith who oppose the concept of heightened religious protections for anti-gay Christians.

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How to follow 10th Circuit Court of Appeals marriage cases

Next month, freedom to marry cases in Utah and Oklahoma will be heard by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, the first marriage cases to be heard by an appellate court since the Windsor ruling striking down the core of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

The plaintiffs in both cases prevailed in their suits against state constitutional amendments denying the freedom to marry.

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"Modern Family" stars tout gay marriage for Australia | VIDEO

SYDNEY, Australia -- "Modern Family" stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell) and Eric Stonestreet (Cameron) are in Australia this week plugging their hit TV series Down Under, and took time to push Aussies to support marriage equality.

Ferguson and Stonestreet morphed into Mitch and Cam in the comedy bit that aired on Australia's Channel 7. Ferguson noted that 67% of Australians support gay marriage, but that the High Court struck it down last year.

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Dalai Lama: Gay marriage is OK with me | VIDEO

The Dalai Lama came out in support of marriage equality during a Larry King interview where he said that he is OK with same sex marriage.

Though he has referred to Buddhist texts disallowing same sex intimacy in the past, his views on the subject appear to have evolved over the years. This is the Buddhist leader's clearest affirmation of same-sex marriage to date.

After talking about human rights violations with regards to LGBT individuals, especially in Russia, King asked the Dalai Lama, "What about same sex marriage?"

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2013 was the year of marriage equality in the U.S.

WASHINGTON -- A comprehensive state-by-state report details LGBT-related legislation in 2013, a year marked by huge victories for the LGBT community from statehouses across the nation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The report, released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, indicates that the majority of pro-LGBT legislation came in the form of marriage equality legislation.

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Pope Francis: Civil unions may be acceptable to Vatican

Pope Francis has signaled that he could see the Catholic church tolerating some forms of same-sex civil unions -- though not marriage -- when it comes to situations such as medical care and property for gay couples.

In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the pope said that "matrimony is between a man and a woman," but moves to "regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care," according to a translation by Catholic News Service.

UPDATED: The researcher who touts anti-gay parenting study on the witness stand

DETROIT -- Mark Regnerus, who published a roundly discredited anti-gay parenting study in 2012, took the stand today in the federal trial challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Regnerus’ testimony draws largely from his study, which was plagued by flawed methodology and numerous conflicts of interest, and alleges that children of same-sex couples experience more adverse outcomes than children raised by opposite-sex parents. The American Sociological Association and hundreds of Regnerus’ fellow scholars were quick to dismantle the report because of its glaring flaws.

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