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Minnesota Gay Marriage Law Reaches Anniversary

NATIONAL | Friday Aug 1, 2014
It's been a year since Minnesota's gay and lesbian couples got the right to legally marry.

President Barack Obama signs an executive order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds in Washington.

Obama Order Presses Contractors to Obey Labor Laws

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Aug 1
President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court.

Ginsburg: High Court Won't 'Duck' Gay Marriage

NATIONAL | By Mark Sherman | Jul 31
The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.

Challenge to NJ Gay Conversion Ban for Minors is Dismissed

NATIONAL | Jul 31
For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy.

The South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C.

Gay Couples Denied Marriage Licenses in South Carolina

NATIONAL | Jul 31
Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county.

C.L.I.T.T. Goes Viral, Local Residents Confused

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Jul 31
An internet hoax that reports on a Tuscon, Arizona mass transit project with the racy and unfortunate (for some) acronym C.L.I.T.T. caught the eye of social media maven George Takei, and has local area officials up in arms.

Plaintiff Michael Egan, left, with his attorney, Jeff Herman

Lawyers for Hollywood Sex-Abuse Accuser Want Out

NATIONAL | Jul 31
Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse said Tuesday they want to get off the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated.

Brandon Armstrong, left, and Thomas Etheridge, both of Alexander, kiss and embrace after they were wed in the rotunda of the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark. Monday.

Arkansas Asks Judge to Keep Marriage Ban in Place

NATIONAL | By Andrew DeMillo | Jul 31
Arkansas officials asked a federal judge Wednesday to keep the state's marriage ban in place, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate purpose.

Court Upholds Wisconsin Domestic Partner Registry

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Jul 31
A 2009 law creating a domestic partner registry that provides limited benefits to same-sex couples does not violate the state's ban on gay marriages, a unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court said Thursday.

President Barack Obama waves after stepping off Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington,

Obama Cracks Down on Labor Breaches by Contractors

NATIONAL | By Josh Lederman | Jul 31
Some companies that earn billions of dollars as government contractors are among the worst violators of U.S. labor laws, yet year after year they keep winning new contracts. So President Barack Obama is aiming to end impunity for labor violators

Naked Rowers Raise Money to Fight Homophobia

NATIONAL | By Nicole Wiesenthal | Jul 31
The Warwick University rowing team in England is helping to eliminate homophobia in sports by raising money in an interesting way: The team strips for a good cause as they raise money by selling calendars depicting the team nude and in various poses.