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Texas seizes polygamist group's secluded ranch

Authorities seize Texas ranch belonging to polygamist group, imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs
The Associated Press

ELDORADO, Texas - The secluded Texas ranch where followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs lived in near isolation was seized by state agents on Thursday, nearly six years after FBI agents raided the property and removed hundreds of children amid child sex abuse allegations.

Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

Lawyer who defended Proposition 8 at Supreme Court says his views on gay marriage evolving
Julie Pace, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favour of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

Oklahoma gay-marriage case goes before federal appeals court that took up Utah case last week
Kristi Eaton, The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY - Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard similar issues in a Utah case last week, giving Oklahoma lawyers a preview of what questions they might face.

Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

Judge who ordered Ohio officials to recognize out-of-state gay marriages considers a stay
Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press

CINCINNATI - A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights.

Judge set to issue key Ohio gay marriage ruling

Federal judge set to issue sweeping ruling that Ohio must recognize out-of-state gay marriages
Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press

CINCINNATI - A federal judge is set to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet on gay marriage in Ohio, despite a statewide ban.

Judge Timothy Black has indicated that he expects to rule on Monday, ordering Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages.

If he does, Black's ruling will allow gay couples in Ohio to obtain the same benefits of any other married couple in the state, including property rights and the right to make some medical decisions for their partners.

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