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Back in the 1930s and 40s, Nevada was one of the few states you could get a quick divorce. So many people flew in for a few weeks or months - the time it took to complete the paperwork. They stayed on "divorce ranches" - complete with cowboys, horse rides, and cocktail hours. Sometimes even Hollywood stars came to stay: Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, among others. We take a look back at the "divorce ranches" with a historian, a former guest, a ranch owner, and a cowboy who said he'd "died and gone to heaven" when he saw all those ladies.

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Marilu Norden, former guest at Pyramid Lake Ranch; author, Unbridled: A Tale of a Divorce Ranch
Bill McGee, former cowboy at Flying M E Ranch; co-author, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler

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Beth Ward, former owner, Whitney Ranch
Mella Harmon, architectural historian who studied the divorce trade

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A pair of gay rights advocacy groups said Thursday a judge should halt Utah state laws that discriminate against LGBT students by restricting talk about homosexuality in schools.

The laws create a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students,” Equality Utah and the National Center for Lesbian Rights said in a news release a day after seeking a preliminary injunction against the laws. The move followed the filing of a lawsuit in October.

The state of Utah has denied it has anti-gay school laws, saying the case quotes selectively from state law and school rules. They say the state school board is immune from the lawsuit and asked for the case to be dismissed.

Utah State Board of Education spokesman Mark Peterson said the board had no comment on the request for the injunction because it has not seen the filing. He referred questions to the state attorney general’s office, where spokesman Dan Burton said the case is being reviewed and a response will be filed next month.

The Utah laws include a provision that prohibits instruction on “advocacy of homosexuality,” contraceptives and sex outside marriage.

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