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NEW YORK CITY — A lawyer for one of two men accused of murdering an Ecuadorean immigrant in a hate crime said last week his client acted in self-defense, believing the victim was reaching for a gun during a scuffle.

SACRAMENTO — Both houses of the state Legislature passed resolutions Monday endorsing the legal effort to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban, just days before the issue goes to the state Supreme Court.

Vice President Joe Biden was in town last week to discuss how environmentally friendly jobs can help the country’s middle class emerge successfully from the economic crisis.

GALVESTON, Texas — Two brothers and a 17-year-old were charged with a hate crime after a violent attack at a gay bar injured two people, one of whom was hit in the head with a 4-pound rock, police said.

Sanctions demanded for antigay rant


NEW YORK CITY — Hundreds of same-sex couples seeking to wed were turned away from marriage-license counters around the United States last Thursday, part of an annual protest that took on renewed urgency in light of recent setbacks in the gay-marriage movement.

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