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Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage (access required)

In this June 2, 2013, file photo, members of Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade, in Salt Lake City. Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members. “Mormons Building Bridges is neutral on gay marriage but is trying to work within church doctrine and policy to make congregations more accepting of gays. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.

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Ruling against Navajo presidential candidate over language fluency

Chris Deschene (AP Photo)

A candidate for president on the nation's largest Indian reservation could be removed from the ballot just weeks before the general election after he refused to show whether he is fluent in Navajo as required by tribal law. In a hearing that underlined the importance of the language to the Navajo Nation, an administrative court officer said he had no choice but to rule against Chris Deschene.

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