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GRAPHIC: Three same-sex cases from Indiana will be heard before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Graphic courtesy of the U.S. Government.

INDIANAPOLIS – Supporters and opponents of marriage equality in Indiana are headed to Chicago to plead their cases. The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Indiana's appeal of a June ruling that struck down Indiana's same-sex marriage ban. Kyle Megrath, marria ...Read More

PHOTO: Two lawsuits from Ohio were among six same-sex marriage cases heard before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Photo credit: WMMO.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A U.S. Court of Appeals in Ohio was the latest battleground in the fight over marriage equality. On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from four states. Two lawsuits involve Ohio couples seeking recogni ...Read More

PHOTO: Terry Goddard is among the former Arizona attorneys general who have formed an organization of legal professionals who support marriage equality in the Grand Canyon State. Photo courtesy of Terry Goddard.

PHOENIX – Two former Arizona attorneys general are part of a recently formed organization supporting marriage equality in the Grand Canyon State. Former Attorneys General Terry Goddard and Grant Woods are among more than 150 attorneys who have come together to form Arizona Lawyers for the Fr ...Read More

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some newlywed same-sex couples in Illinois are learning there's a lot to think about after saying "I do." Bernard Cherkasov, chief executive of the group Equality Illinois, said they've heard from many of the 5,000 couples who have taken advantage of the state's new "Freedom to ...Read More

PHOTO: Supporters of marriage equality in Michigan are preparing for the next step in the battle, as Michigan's voter-approved ban goes before the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals this week. Photo credit: Dieraecherin/morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. - The battle over Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage moves to Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesday, where an appeals court judge will hear arguments from lawyers challenging same-sex prohibitions in four different states. Advocates for marriage equality in Michigan are gearing up for the n ...Read More

PHOTO: Lennie Gerber (left), and her wife Pearl have been together for 48 years. They're among the plaintiffs in a suit challenging Amendment One. Courtesy: Gerber.

RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to North Carolina's 'Marriage Amendment,' all eyes are on a Richmond, Va. courtroom. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could rule soon on a case challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Because the Tarheel State is in the 4th Circuit, a ruling could impact ...Read More

PHOTO: Finding safe, stable housing is among the many challenges LGBT homeless youth face in Illinois, according to a new report. The issue also was the topic of a summit in Chicago in May. Photo courtescredit: Windy City Times.

CHICAGO – Voices are being raised about the need to break down the barriers in Illinois that keep many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people living on the streets. A new report details the results of the Chicago 2014 Homeless Summit in May, when more than 300 youth, activists a ...Read More

PHOTO: Optimism is growing among civil rights leaders in Michigan that lawmakers in Lansing will continue the state's civil rights legacy by introducing legislation to protect the rights of the state's LGBT citizens by the end of the year. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. - Independence Day isn't the only reason to celebrate in July. This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. While Michigan was a civil rights pioneer, state leaders say much more work needs to be done. According to Leslee Fritz, dep ...Read More

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