Historic gay rights rulings...Student loan deadline looming...Executions protest

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Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 9:00 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Same sex couples in California are only weeks away from being able to exchange vows. A federal appeals court spokesman said that the court will likely take at least 25 days before gay marriages resume in the state. That's when today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling takes effect. In a separate ruling, the court also struck down a part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. That clears the way for same-sex couples to have access to benefits and rights they had been denied.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a law that sets limits on turning immigrants over to federal authorities for possible deportation. State authorities will honor requests to detain only immigrants who have felony convictions, belong to gangs, show up on terrorist watch lists, are subject to deportation orders or meet other safety risks. Supporters say the law is needed to ensure immigrants cooperate with police without fear they will be turned over to immigration authorities.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts in the Senate to keep interest rates on new student loans from doubling appear to be falling apart. Majority Leader Harry Reid says a bipartisan proposal is unacceptable because it doesn't include stronger protections for students and parents. Unless action is taken before July 1, subsidized Stafford loan rates will go from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man charged with holding three women captive in his home for about a decade will undergo an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial. A judge in Cleveland ordered the competency hearing for Ariel Castro. He's pleaded not guilty to 329 counts in an indictment that covers August 2002, when the first woman disappeared, to February 2007. More charges could be filed.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Dozens of people in Huntsville, Texas, have protested the death penalty. They gathered outside the Texas prison where the state was preparing to carry out its 500th execution since 2010. Kimberly McCarthy was the first woman executed in the U.S. since 2010. Protesters carried signs saying "Death Penalty: Racist and Anti-Poor," ''Stop All Executions Now" and "Stop Killing to Stop Killings."

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