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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Presbyterian church in Wilmington held a joint ordination ceremony this weekend for a lesbian couple.

The joint ordination of Kaci Clark-Porter and Holly Clark-Porter took place Sunday afternoon at First & Central Presbyterian Church.

Church members believe the two women are the first same-sex couple ever to be ordained jointly by the Presbyterian Church USA.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The plaintiffs in a court case challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal appeals court not to stay its ruling striking down the law.

Last week, a county court clerk in northern Virginia sought to delay the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling while it is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. That 2-1 ruling upheld the decision by a lower district court in Norfolk. The appellate court ruling applies throughout the circuit that also includes West Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas.

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Around a thousand people attended Delaware’s Pride Festival in Dover for the first time on Saturday.

It was held there in recognition of the decision by lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage.

This was the 17th year the Delaware Pride festival has been held in the First State although in the past it had taken place in Rehoboth Beach or New Castle.

The event included drag shows, vendor booths and other entertainment.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than 2,000 same-sex couples have been married in Delaware in the last 12 months, but court clerks in the state expect the pace to slow going forward.

Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex weddings under a law that took effect in July 2013.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the 12 months ending June 30, court clerks in the state issued 2,092 marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A report by a think tank at UCLA says legalizing gay marriages in Virginia could generate up to $60 million in spending in three years.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that about 7,000 same-sex couples may choose to get married in Virginia within three years of a change in law. In February, a federal judge in Norfolk struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. The decision has been stayed pending an appeal, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Richmond on May 13.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Three controversial laws in 2012 prompted Maryland's first statewide ballot referendum in 20 years, allowing marriage equality, the Dream Act and congressional redistricting to be upheld by voters.

While a referendum for the newly passed death penalty repeal bill seems unlikely, lawmakers say a new bill that changes the state's referendum rules could create obstacles for citizens looking to petition state laws to ballot.