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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.

NEW YORK CITY — Gay New Yorkers staged a protest near Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s home last Saturday, asking him to stop police from what they say are arrests on false prostitution charges.

SANTA FE — A proposal giving same-sex couples the same legal protections and benefits as married couples cleared a difficult legislative hurdle and is headed to the Senate for a vote.

SALT LAKE CITY — The head of a gay-rights group said last week he plans to file a second campaign-finance complaint about the Mormon church’s activities in the November ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California.

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