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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
 
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
 
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
 
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
 
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
 

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As the U.S. Supreme Court nears the end of its term, two major cases have yet to be decided. The high court is set to rule on a glitch in the Affordable Care Act that could eliminate the federal subsidies in states that did not set up their own health insurance exchanges. The second major case raises the possibility that same-sex marriage could become a constitutional right. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with NPR Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg about the upcoming decisions and the direction of the court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A state Senate committee isn't ready to take Virginia's overturned gay-marriage ban out of the state constitution.

On an 8-7 party-line vote Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Privileges and Elections Committee rejected a proposal to begin the process of repealing the amendment approved by Virginia voters in 2006 defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The ban was effectively nullified by a series of federal court decisions last year, and same-sex couples have been getting married since October.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An appeals court's decision to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Monday ruled that state laws barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution.

It's the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit.

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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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he's concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it.

In an email to The Associated Press early Thursday, Herring spokesman Michael Kelly says the state will instead side with the plaintiffs who are seeking to have the ban struck down.

Kelly says the attorney general decided the ban was unconstitutional after a thorough legal review of the matter.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - In a strictly symbolic gesture, Charlottesville City Council members have given preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance that supports extending benefits to the spouses of married city employees - including those in same-sex relationships.

It's symbolic because it's contrary to Virginia state law and the state Constitution.

Two couples from the Shenandoah Valley filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Norfolk couple is challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban.

Timothy B. Bostic and Tony C. London say in a federal lawsuit that they were turned down when they tried to obtain a marriage license at the Norfolk Circuit Court on July 1.

Their lawsuit argues that Virginia's unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them equal protection and liberties guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

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Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage will be challenged in federal court by the state’s American Civil Liberties Union.

The state's voters approved a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that not only bans same-sex marriage but does not allow for recognition of same-sex marriages in other states.

There are now around a dozen such states.

The ACLU is joining the gay rights organization Lambda Legal Defense Fund to claim that the ban violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today the federal government cannot discriminate against married same-sex couples. On his way back from the Maryland Association of Counties meeting, Mayor Jim Ireton told WSCL this decision was part of extending rights to all people.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush:

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will officiate a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the Baltimore Pride Festival next month.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, which organizes the celebration, announced last week that Rawlings-Blake would serve as grand marshal for the event in recognition of her support of gay rights.

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Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson came out publicly on the Senate floor this week just before the vote that approved same-sex marriage.

And she said up to the last minute she wasn’t sure that she would do it.

Peterson told the Wilmington News Journal that family friends and colleague knew she was a lesbian but thought she would only do so if it added something to the debate.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Same-sex couples in Delaware say they're looking forward to July 1, when Delaware officially becomes the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.

Advocates on Tuesday cheered Democratic Gov. Jack Markell as he signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage by the state Senate.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee has sent a bill authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware to the full Senate for consideration.

The measure cleared the Senate executive committee Wednesday after a 90-minute hearing.

The bill narrowly won passage in the House last week. Supporters and opponents expect another close vote in the Senate.

Gov. Jack Markell supports the measure, which was introduced barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions. It would make Delaware the 10th state to authorize same-sex marriage.

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A state Senate committee is taking up a bill authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The measure narrowly won passage in the House last week. Supporters and opponents expect another close vote if the Senate Executive Committee votes Wednesday to send it to the full Senate for consideration.

Gov. Jack Markell supports the measure, which was introduced barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions. It would make Delaware the 10th state to authorize same-sex marriage.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has narrowly approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The House voted 23-to-18 Tuesday for the bill, which now goes to the Senate.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the legislature, where it was introduced earlier this month, a little more than a year after Delaware began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1. Existing civil unions would be converted to marriages.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House is poised to vote on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The bill is scheduled for a House vote Tuesday. It was introduced earlier this month, a little more than a year after Delaware began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the House and then wins Senate approval.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1. Existing civil unions would be converted to marriages over the coming year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are set to begin consideration of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

The legislation, which Gov. Jack Markell has pledged to sign if passed by lawmakers, was scheduled for discussion Wednesday in the House Administration Committee.

The measure comes a little more than a year after Delaware first began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are poised to introduce legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden planned to join lawmakers Thursday in Wilmington to announce the filing of the legislation.

Crafting of the bill has been led by members of the gay rights group Equality Delaware.

Markell has pledged to sign the bill if it passes the General Assembly, where it has the support of Democratic leaders in both chambers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Same-sex couples can begin getting marriage licenses in Maryland, though they won't go into effect until Jan. 1.

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday is scheduled to sign the proclamation affirming that Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage in a ballot question last month.

Attorney General Doug Gansler wrote in a legal opinion last week that the signature will officially enable couples to get a marriage license.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Two black ministers who support gay marriage in Maryland are planning a protest at Gallaudet University in Washington, where an administrator was placed on leave for signing a petition opposing gay marriage.

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In Washington D-C African American clergy held a news conference…to dispel they said the myth that black ministers opposed same sex marriage.

About a dozen gathered around the Reverend Al Sharpton to express their support for the same-sex referendum on Maryland’s November ballot.

The Reverend Delman Coates is senior pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton.

He said he believed the people do not have the right to impose their personal religious beliefs on others when it came to public policy. 

 

            Making sex marriage legal in Maryland will take another step today.

            But, expect a major battle over the issue in November.

            Delmarva Public Radio’s Travis McKee has this report: