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A Federal Judge on March 11, 2014 declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional but stayed his decision pending an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

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Judge Orlando Garcia of U.S. District Court in San Antonio, wrote that the state's marriage laws demean the dignity of gay couples "for no legitimate reason." "Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution," the judge wrote. 

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The Dalai Lama for the first time addressed same-sex marriage directly, calling it "OK" and an "individual's business" during an interview with Larry King early 2014.

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While the Dalai Lama has continued (as recently as last month) to call gay sex a form of "misconduct" for Buddhists but not for others, who should "follow one's own teachings," he was pressed on marriage equality in an interview last week on Larry King Now.

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It seems like every day brings another falling domino in the fight for marriage freedom.  February 2014's  victory comes from Virginia, where a federal judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The case, Bostic v. Rainey, looks a lot like every other marriage case -- loving and committed same-sex couples want nothing more than to have their love recognized by the state.

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Pope Francis warned against "administering a vaccine against faith" in a surprise plea for children of gay couples and divorced parents, the AFP is reporting. "On an educational level, gay unions raise challenges for us today which for us are sometimes difficult to understand," Francis was quoted by a number of media outlets as having said in a November speech to the Catholic Union of Superiors General. "The number of children in schools whose parents have separated is very high." He then added: "I remember a case in which a sad little girl confessed to her teacher: 'my mother's girlfriend doesn't love me' ... how can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing?"

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Boitano now becomes the third openly gay member of the Sochi delegation, which also includes tennis icon Billie Jean King and women's ice hockey silver medalist Caitlin Cahow.
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Olympic champion figure skater Brian Boitano came out publicly on December 19, 2013:   "I am currently skating in Europe but want to provide a statement regarding my appointment to the Olympic delegation. I have been fortunate to represent the United States of America in three different Olympics, and now I am honored to be part of the presidential delegation to the Olympics in Sochi. It has been my experience from competing around the world and in Russia that Olympic athletes can come together in friendship, peace and mutual respect regardless of their individual country's practices.