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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal To Overturn D.C.'s Gay Marriage Law

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The court did not comment in turning away a challenge from a Maryland pastor and others who were trying to let city residents vote on a measure that defines marriage as being between a man a woman.

Bishop Harry Jackson lead a lawsuit against the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics after it refused to put that initiative on the ballot.

The board ruled that the ballot question would, in effect, authorize discrimination.

Council Member David Catania, who is openly gay and the author of the same-sex legislation, says while opponents of the measure have exhausted their judicial options, he expects they'll continue to lobby congress to intervene.

"As we go forward, it will be important for District officials to build relationships with the new subcommittee chairmen, especially in the House, and to advocate our point of view about this is...intrinsically a local District matter," Catania says.

Last year Washington began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, and in 2009 it began recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere.

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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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