Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gay Unions Move Ahead

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gay Unions Move Ahead

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RICHMOND, Va. - The U.S. appeals court that last month struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex unions refused Wednesday to delay the effects of its ruling.

State officials said that unless the U.S. Supreme Court interceded, Virginia counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples next week.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in Richmond, voted 2-1 in July to uphold a U.S. District Court's February ruling that Virginia's ban, which voters approved in 2006, was invalid.

In another 2-1 ruling announced Wednesday, the court said it would not stay its decision. The judges who voted to deny the stay, Henry F. Floyd and Roger L. Gregory, did not explain their reasoning.

FCC conflict of interest?

WASHINGTON - Comcast and Time Warner Cable are spending more than $130,000 on a dinner to honor one of the federal regulators who will rule on their controversial merger plan, according to records of the companies' contributions.

The fundraising event for the Walter Kaitz Foundation will honor Federal Communications Commission panel member Mignon Clyburn as an advocate for diversity.

Comcast is listed as one of the dinner's presenting sponsors, which requires a $110,000 donation. Time Warner, meanwhile, paid $22,000 to be a benefactor for the event, according to a lobbying disclosure report.

The FCC would have to approve the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner merger for the deal to go through, but competing interest groups and some lawmakers have expressed concerns about the proposal during hearings this year.

N.Y. rainfall mark set

NEW YORK - A record-setting rainfall that swept through the New York City area early Wednesday morning brought down trees, forced some families to evacuate their homes, and flooded major roads and highways, with drivers abandoning their vehicles to escape the rapidly rising water. …

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