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US Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban

NATIONAL | By Curt Anderson | Thursday Aug 21, 2014
A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.

Paul Canon

Watch: Gay-For-Pay Porn Actor Talks to Family About Career, Sexuality

NATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 21
Gay porn site Broke Straight Boys released a of a sort of documentary called "Diary of a Porn Star" that looks into the life of one of its models, Paul Canon, who is a gay-for-pay porn actor.

Carolyn Laub

GSA Network Head Quits After Sabbatical

NATIONAL | By Seth Hemmelgarn | Aug 21
The executive director of the San Francisco-based Gay-Straight Alliance Network is leaving, 16 years after she founded the organization.

Protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Mo.

Holder Offers Reassurance to People of Ferguson

NATIONAL | By Alan Scher Zagier | Aug 21
To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber.

Aid Group: US Doctor Who Had Ebola Has Recovered

NATIONAL | By Jeff Martin | Aug 21
At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Judge: Ind. Gov. Contradicted Himself on Gay Marriage

NATIONAL | Aug 21
A federal judge has taken Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to task, saying Pence told the court he had no power to enforce Indiana's gay marriage ban and then ordered executive agencies to do so following court rulings.

Philip Noynosoudachanh, right, takes a selfie with Josh Smith at Liaison Nightclub in Bally's Las Vegas.

Vegas Offering All But Marriage to LGBT Tourists

NATIONAL | By Michelle Rindels | Aug 21
While gay couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they - and their money - are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer.

Actress Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox Hopes to Inspire With Life Story

NATIONAL | By Mesfin Fekadu | Aug 21
Laverne Cox realizes she is having a winning moment as a transgender actor in entertainment - including a recent Emmy nomination - and she hopes her story will continue to inspire others.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Federal Judge: Ind. Gov Contradicted Himself on Gay Marriage

NATIONAL | Aug 21
A federal judge says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence contradicted himself on same-sex marriage, telling the court he had no power to enforce Indiana's gay marriage ban but then directing executive agencies about how to proceed after court rulings on the subject.

High Court Blocks Same-Sex Unions in Virginia

NATIONAL | By Michael Felberbaum | Aug 20
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.