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ACLU takes gay marriage fight to states

ACLU to test marriage ban

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday announced a trio of la­wsuits that will test the constitutionality of state laws barring same-sex marriage. The suits, filed in Pennsylvania and North Carolina with another to come in Virginia, are part of an effort to capitalize on the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act last month. That law barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. State officials in states with same-sex marriage bans have vowed to defend their laws.

Astronauts head outdoors

Two spacewalking astronauts tackled a backlog of outdoor work at the International Space Station on Tuesday. Luca Parmitano of Italy and Christopher Cassidy of the United States completed tasks that included installing a new space-to-ground radio transmitter and collecting science experiments for return to Earth later this year aboard a commercial SpaceX capsule. Before ending their six-hour excursion, the astronauts got a jump on work intended for a second spacewalk next week.

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Astronaut Luca Parmitano stands on the end of a robotic arm during a spacewalk outside the ISS on Tuesday.

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Astronaut Luca Parmitano stands on the end of a robotic arm during a spacewalk outside the ISS on Tuesday.

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"Republicans are already trying to paint Hillary Clinton as too old to be president. In fact, a new ad claims she's so old that she could be a Republican."

Conan O'Brien, host of Conan

ACLU takes gay marriage fight to states

07/09/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 3:40am]
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    Crime

    Times Staff Writer

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