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– Utah has made a strange exception to its nonrecognition of same-sex marriages: if a couple solemnized their marriage during the window when it was legal to do so, they should still be issued a marriage certificate, because “their marriages were recognized at the time the ceremony was completed.”
– Colorado state Sen. Pat Steadman (D) plans to introduce a bill that would allow married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns, even though the state constitution prohibits their recognition.
– Four couples in Missouri, each the leader of a conservative anti-gay organization, have filed a suit challenging Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to permit married same-sex couples to file joint tax returns.
– Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) believes marriage is the key to reducing child poverty, but he knows of no “empirical evidence” marriage helps the children of same-sex couples — his premise isn’t valid anyway.
– Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, offered health benefits to married same-sex couples for 10 days, then took them away.
– A transgender teen in Hercules, California is being charged with misdemeanor battery after defending herself against bullies — the bullies have not been charged.
– Arkady Gyngazov, the former manager of a gay nightclub in Russia that has been attacked several times over the last few months, is seeking asylum in the U.S.
– Every pro hockey team in the U.S. now has an outspoken advocate of LGBT equality.