Idaho strikes down gay marriage ban
Gay and lesbian couples in Idaho could start getting married as soon as Friday after a judge ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in her decision Tuesday evening that Idaho's laws barring same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry. Dale said the state must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting at 9 a.m. Friday.
Brazil's consulate workers on Strike
Employees at Brazil's consulates began a two-day strike Tuesday that affected visa services in major cities in the United States and Europe just weeks before the World Cup. Local employees at Brazilian diplomatic offices said they hoped to pressure the government to increase their pay and other compensation, arguing the government has frozen their salaries in the past years. Brazil's Foreign Ministry said the strike was only slowing operations at nine consulates and one embassy, but did not say which ones.
Aiken gets victory in Democratic race
Clay Aiken will be the Democratic nominee facing Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers for the 2nd Congressional District seat in North Carolina. The final canvassing of votes came the day after runner-up Keith Crisco died in a fall at his home in Asheboro.
By the Numbers
$8.5M The amount the Human Rights Campaign is spending to seek antidiscrimination state laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.