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A same-sex marriage supporter stands on a friend's shoulders and waves a pride flag as she celebrates during a block party on Castro Street on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco. The Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Obstacles To Gay Marriage Fall Fast In Conservative States

Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Here’s a rundown of the most recent developments

10/11/2014

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Legal Wrangling Ends, Same-Sex Weddings Begin In Las Vegas

A dizzying legal wrangle is over in the wedding capital of the world. Same-sex couples have begun getting marriage licenses in Las Vegas.

10/09/2014

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Appeals Banning Same-Sex Marriage In 5 States

The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.

10/06/2014

Supporters of gay marriage gather in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Same-sex marriage takes center stage at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the emotionally-charged issue that has split the nation. (AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad)

Utah Couples Pushing For Supreme Court Ruling On Constitutionality Of Gay Marriage Ban

It is vital that justices weigh in about whether state same-sex marriage bans violate the Constitution to settle the matter for a nation that needs an answer, said Kate Kendell, executive director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The group is representing the couples alongside private attorneys in Utah.

08/08/2014

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Fate Of Martins Beach In Judge’s Hands— Will Decide If Public Can Access Private Land

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge will decide the future of whether or not the public will be able to access privately-owned, Martins Beach.

07/16/2014

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Pelosi Pushes Bill Prohibiting Employers From Denying Contraception Benefits Over Religious Beliefs

House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi has offered her support for a bill introduced by two Democratic lawmakers that would prohibit for-profit employers from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of contraception.

07/09/2014

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U.S. Supreme Exempts Businesses From Contraception Mandate

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

07/02/2014

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. customers have picnic lunches with fresh oysters on April 16, 2014 in Inverness, CA (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Not Giving Up After High Court Declines To Hear Appeal

The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Drakes Bay Oyster Co., popular oyster farm the Point Reyes National Seashore that is facing closure, but the owners aren’t giving up.

06/30/2014

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Supreme Court Rules Corporations Aren’t Required To Cover Contraception

The justices’ 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.

06/30/2014

Picture taken on March 3, 2010 shows the camera of a street-view car, used to photograph whole streets, on the Google street-view stand at the world's biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT in the northern German city of Hanover. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

High Court Rejects Google Appeal In ‘Street View’ Snooping Case

The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google’s appeal of a ruling that it pried into people’s online lives through their Wi-Fi systems as part of its drive to collect information for its Street View mapping project.

06/30/2014

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