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High Court Blocks Same-Sex Unions in Virginia

NATIONAL | By Michael Felberbaum | Wednesday Aug 20, 2014
Same-sex couples will have to wait longer to begin marrying in Virginia after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

NATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 20
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.

Mormon School Removes Gay Marriage Cards at Store

NATIONAL | By Lindsay Whitehurst | Aug 20
Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday.

Ky. Town Delays Considering 'Fairness Ordinance'

NATIONAL | Aug 20
Officials in Owensboro have decided to put off considering a gay rights ordinance for at least a year.

Robin Williams

FRC Member Compares Robin Williams' Struggles to Homosexuality

NATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 20
A member of the Family Research Council used Robin Williams' death to promote conversion therapy.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's mugshot.

Texas' Perry Smiles for Mug Shot, Gets Ice Cream

NATIONAL | By Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber | Aug 20
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream.

A community leader tries to get protesters to move back as police attempt to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Mo.

Latest Ferguson Protests Are Smaller, More Subdued

NATIONAL | By Nigel Duara | Aug 20
Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

Indiana Told to Honor Other States' Gay Marriages

NATIONAL | By Ken Kusmer | Aug 20
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but says the ruling doesn't take effect until the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the issue.

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Family of Rutgers Student Receives Gay Pride Award

NATIONAL | Aug 20
The mother and brother of an 18-year-old Rutgers University student who committed suicide days after his roommate publicized details of his relationship with another man have received a gay pride award.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Perry Assembles High-Powered Legal Team

NATIONAL | By Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert | Aug 19
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he is fighting a criminal indictment with the law on his side - not to mention a team of high-powered attorneys with formidable records in big cases.

Man Dies in Dive After Raising $100K for ALS

NATIONAL | Aug 19
A 27-year-old man died in a Nantucket diving accident, hours after he raised $100,000 for a Lou Gehrig's disease charity in honor of his friend who inspired the ice-bucket challenge sensation.