Judges blast 2 states' gay marraige bans

Posted: August 27, 2014 at 2:32 a.m.

CHICAGO — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

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A member of the St. Louis Police Department blocks the doors of Thomas F. Eagleton federal courthouse as protesters demonstrate outside, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in St. Louis. About 100 protesters marched as they continue to press for broader reforms to local and federal law enforcement following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Obama vows to ease path for vets

President Barack Obama speaks during the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, President Barack Obama is taking executive action to improve the mental well-being of veterans. The president was to announce his initiatives during an appearance before the American Legion National Convention that is fraught with midterm politics. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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