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(RNS) Since June, couples have filed 23 lawsuits to end bans in 21 states; governors and state attorneys general in at least three states have refused to defend their state bans in court; and county clerks in four states have issued marriage licenses to gay couples despite laws against it.

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  1. […] In other LGBT news, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s ban on gay conversion therapy, saying the law does not violate religious freedom. Hawaii’s House of Representatives and Illinois’ General Assembly approved bills to legalize gay marriage. Same-sex marriage advocates are stepping up their fight for equality in all 50 states. […]

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