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Cowboys Release Michael Sam From Practice Squad
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/24/14
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by the N.F.L., was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday after spending seven weeks on their practice squad.

Sam has not appeared in a regular-season game. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Rams but cut in training camp before being signed to the 10-man practice squad for Dallas on Sept..3.

The team announced the move on its website, explaining that it was intended to open a spot for linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year pl


Unable to Marry Gay Couples, Some Italian Mayors Rebel
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/23/14
The crowd at an ornate room in Rome’s City Hall erupted in applause as the mayor entered, wearing his formal green, white and red sash, and clapped in turn. The brides and grooms bent forward to sign an official registry. Guests hoisted babies, snapped pictures and dabbed away tears.

While the ceremony on Saturday had all the trappings of a traditional civil wedding, it was a wedding in spirit only. All the couples had previously been legally married before, though not in Italy, where same-se


Alaska and Arizona Are Latest to Clear Way for Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/17/14
Alaska and Arizona on Friday became the latest states to allow same-sex marriage, bringing the number of states that let gay and lesbian couples wed to 31.

Alaska joined that group after the Supreme Court refused to block a ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court’s order was terse and gave no reasons.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, entered a brief temporary stay, giving


Megachurch Pastor Signals Shift in Tone on Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/17/14
The pastor of one of the more influential global megachurches has declared that his church is in “an ongoing conversation” about same-sex marriage — saying that it is appropriate to consider the words of the Bible alongside the changing culture and the experience of people in the pews.

The comments by Brian Houston, the senior pastor of Hillsong, immediately attracted concern from the right and applause from the left, coming as many Christian denominations and congregations are struggling wit


At the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/13/14
In a marked shift in tone likely to be discussed in parishes around the world, an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as well as the children of these less traditional families.

The bishops’ report, issued midway through a landmark two-week meeting, does not change church doctrine or teaching, and will now be s


Supreme Court Allows Same-Sex Marriage in Idaho
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/10/14
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in Idaho, lifting a temporary stay issued two days earlier by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

The developments capped a busy week for gay rights. It started with the court’s refusal on Monday to hear appeals from decisions striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The next day, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, struck down bans in Idaho and Nev


Same-Sex Couples Line Up to Wed, and Courts Regroup After Decisions
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/10/14
Here are the latest developments around the country regarding same-sex marriage after two significant rulings this week.

A Supreme Court order on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. The order cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Weddings began within hours for gay and lesbian couples in those states.

And on Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco,


Justice Kennedy Temporarily Blocks Ruling Allowing Gay Marriage in Idaho
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/8/14
A day after a federal appeals court struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and in Nevada, implementation of the decision in Idaho was temporarily blocked on Wednesday by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court.

Justice Kennedy’s order came shortly after Idaho filed a request to the Supreme Court for an immediate stay of the appeals court ruling. The ruling was the latest in a nearly unbroken string of courtroom victories for gay couples. Justice Kennedy asked the proponents of sa


Gay Marriage Opponents Set to Continue Court Battle
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/8/14
Leading opponents of same-sex marriage vowed on Wednesday to push ahead with their legal fight, noting that several federal appeals courts had not yet ruled on the issue and that the Supreme Court could still decide to leave it up to the states.

Even as the list of states authorizing same-sex marriage swells, the opponents noted Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s order on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal appeals court ruling striking down the marriage restrictions in Idaho. The temporary or


Gay Marriage Is Upheld in Nevada and Idaho
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/7/14
A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and in Nevada, the latest in a nearly unbroken string of courtroom victories for gay couples.

The decision, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, came a day after the Supreme Court allowed similar rulings by three other appeals courts to stand, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to start immediately in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin and to be extended so