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April 15, 2014

American Civil Liberties Union wants state to recognize the 300-plus same-sex marriages that took place last month

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday (14 April) to guarantee that the marriages of 300 same-sex couples performed in Michigan last month are recognized by the state.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the decision on hold.

April 4, 2014

Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, attended the small signing ceremony for the legislation

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant held a small ceremony for the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill LGBTI advocates see as a step toward state approved anti-gay discrimination.

March 14, 2014

Trio join more than 50 existing lawsuits across the US seeking to overturn same-sex marriage bans

The fight in the courts to win marriage equality across the US ratcheted up Thursday (13 March) with lawsuits filed in Arizona, Florida and Indiana.

The lawsuits, two filed by Lambda Legal and one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, join the more than 50 currently working their way through the legal system in various states.

In Arizona, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven couples and the surviving spouses of two additional couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

March 14, 2014

Trio join more than 50 existing lawsuits across the US seeking to overturn same-sex marriage bans

The fight in the courts to win marriage equality across the US ratcheted up Thursday (13 March) with lawsuits filed in Arizona, Florida and Indiana.

The lawsuits, two filed by Lambda Legal and one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, join the more than 50 currently working their way through the legal system in various states.

In Arizona, a federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of seven couples and the surviving spouses of two additional couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

February 21, 2014

Federal judge says 'there is no reason to delay further' and wait until June for implementation

Same-sex couples in Illinois who can't or don't want to wait until June to get married in the state will not have to wait any longer.

A federal court today ordered that the Cook County Clerk’s office immediately begin providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples rather than requiring them to wait until June.

In her decision today, US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman noted that the question before her was 'why should we wait?' 

January 31, 2014

Initially filed on behalf of two couples, case will now represent all same-sex couples in the state who cannot legally marry

A lawsuit challenging the state of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage was granted class-action status on Friday (31 January).

The decision by a federal district court in Virginia extends the scope of those represented in the lawsuit.

It now not only includes the two original couples named as plaintiffs but also all same-sex couples in the state who cannot legally marry or whose legal marriages performed elsewhere are not recognized in Virginia.

January 31, 2014

Initially filed on behalf of two couples, case will now represent all same-sex couples in the state who cannot legally marry

A lawsuit challenging the state of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage was granted class-action status on Friday (31 January).

The decision by a federal district court in Virginia extends the scope of those represented in the lawsuit.

It now not only includes the two original couples named as plaintiffs but also all same-sex couples in the state who cannot legally marry or whose legal marriages performed elsewhere are not recognized in Virginia.

January 21, 2014

Governor has declared more than 1,300 marriages to be 'on hold' as judge's ruling throwing out gay marriage ban is being appealed

Utah is being sued by four recently married same-sex couples who are demanding state recognition of their unions.

The marriages took place between late December 2013 and early January 2014 after a federal judge declared that Utah's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional and before the US Supreme Court halted the marriages pending an appeal of that ruling.

In the meantime, Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared that the 1,300-plus marriages that took place during the legal window are 'on hold' and not eligible for state benefits.

December 21, 2013

Carver Middle School blocked the formation of a GSA for the second time this year

A Florida school district has been sued by the America Civil Liberties Union for the second time this year after claims they have again refused to approve a Gay-Straight Alliance at a middle school.

 

The suit against Lake County school board was filed after a group of students from Leesberg had their application to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School was denied.

 

December 16, 2013

Judge rules that if one partner has life-threatening illness, couples can marry before law goes into effect in June 2014

Same-sex marriage does not become legal in Illinois until next June but two couples were able to exchange vows today (16 December) due to life threatening illness and others will be allowed to follow.

A federal judge has ordered that marriage licenses be immediately granted to all same-sex couples in the state who can provide a doctor's declaration stating that one or both of them is seriously ill enough to possibly not survive until the summer.

November 28, 2013

Judge allowed dying Vernita Gray to marry Patricia Ewert six months before marriage equality law goes into effect

Same-sex marriages do not become legal in Illinois until June but Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert jump-started things when they got married in the state on Wednesday (27 November).

A federal judge granted them the right to legally wed six months early because Gray, 64, is terminally ill with cancer.

The couple made things official during a civil ceremony in their Chicago home.

'I'm so excited for us and for the community, for today is a beginning. One so richly deserved,' said Gray in a statement.

November 26, 2013

A court has ordered that a terminally ill Illinois woman who has cancer will be allowed to marry half a year before the state’s same-sex marriage law comes into effect

US District Court Judge Thomas Durkin has ordered the Cook County, Illinois, clerk to issue an expedited marriage license to Chicago lesbian couple Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert as Gray is terminally ill.

Gray, 64, has brain and bone cancer and Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on the couple’s behalf to ensure that they can marry before she dies.

November 13, 2013

Jennifer Neuman-Roper won court order to marry longtime partner

One of the plaintiffs in a New Mexico gay marriage case being considered by the state's Supreme Court has died.

Jennifer Neuman-Roper was suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer and able to get a court's permission to marry her longtime partner in August.

The 44 year old and wife Angelique Neuman-Roper were married in the hospital the very day a judge ordered Santa Fe County clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

August 1, 2013

The ACLU and Lambda Legal suit against Virginia charges the state's same sex marriage ban 'single[s] out lesbian and gay Virginians'

Two Virginia couples are bringing a federal class action suit against the state for its constitutional ban on same sex marriage.

Today, 1 August, the legal rights organizations Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberities Union announced the legal action.

'This is one America. It’s time for the freedom to marry to come to the South,' Greg Nevins, Lambda Legal’s supervising senior staff attorney, said in a release.

July 16, 2013

National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force lead other gay rights organizations in making connection between Trayvon Martin and victims of anti-gay violence

Leading US gay rights organizations are joining the loud chorus for the federal government to get involved in the case of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen killed by George Zimmerman.

Led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 35 LGBT groups put their names on the open letter.

July 10, 2013

Lambda Legal and American Civil Liberties Union launch multi-state strategy

Several legal actions are being planned to try and bring same-sex marriage to the 37 remaining states in the US where it is not yet legal.

Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court gave huge boosts to gay marriage with their rulings on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, the activist groups Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - separately and sometimes together - are busy filing and planning lawsuits.

July 10, 2013

Lambda Legal and American Civil Liberties Union launch multi-state strategy

Several legal actions are being planned to try and bring same-sex marriage to the 37 remaining states in the US where it is not yet legal.

Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court gave huge boosts to gay marriage with their rulings on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, the activist groups Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - separately and sometimes together - are busy filing and planning lawsuits.

May 18, 2013

Barronelle Stutzman claims that it is she who is being discriminated against

A Washington state florist facing two discrimination lawsuits for refusing to service a gay wedding has filed a lawsuit of her own.

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts located in the city of Richmond, is counter-suing the state of Washington.

The state is seeking fines against Stutzman’s business for discrimination under the Consumer Protection Act. She is also being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union.

May 18, 2013

Barronelle Stutzman claims that it is she who is being discriminated against

A Washington state florist facing two discrimination lawsuits for refusing to service a gay wedding has filed a lawsuit of her own.

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts located in the city of Richmond, is counter-suing the state of Washington.

The state is seeking fines against Stutzman’s business for discrimination under the Consumer Protection Act. She is also being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union.

May 16, 2013

Campaign launched to urge producers and writers to create wedding episode

The American Civil Liberties Union, which usually advocates for the rights of real-life people, has started a campaign to tru and and get a fictional gay couple married.

That couple is Cameron and Mitchell on ABC's Emmy winning comedy series Modern Family.

A campaign, complete with a website for RSVPs, has been created by the advocacy arm of the civil liberties group called ACLU Action.

May 16, 2013

Campaign launched to urge producers and writers to create wedding episode

The American Civil Liberties Union, which usually advocates for the rights of real-life people, has started a campaign to tru and and get a fictional gay couple married.

That couple is Cameron and Mitchell on ABC's Emmy winning comedy series Modern Family.

A campaign, complete with a website for RSVPs, has been created by the advocacy arm of the civil liberties group called ACLU Action.

April 28, 2013

StudentsFirst chooses anti-gay Tennessee representative as its reformer of the year

According to a Huffington Post article John Ragan, a Tennessee State House representative, was named an educational reformer by StudentsFirst. Gay and lesbian students in the US southern state know Ragan all too well. He's one of the co-sponsors of a controversial bill requiring teachers to out students to parents.

April 20, 2013

Barronelle Stutzman faces two discrimination lawsuits for declining to do the flower arrangements for a gay wedding because of religious reasons

A Washington state florist who refused to service a gay wedding is facing two discrimination lawsuits.

Barronelle Stutzman is already being sued by the state attorney general for telling Robert Ingersoll and his partner Curt Freed last month that she couldn’t do their wedding because of her ‘relationship with Jesus Christ’. 

April 20, 2013

Barronelle Stutzman faces two discrimination lawsuits for declining to do the flower arrangements for a gay wedding because of religious reasons

A Washington state florist who refused to service a gay wedding is facing two discrimination lawsuits.

Barronelle Stutzman is already being sued by the state attorney general for telling Robert Ingersoll and his partner Curt Freed last month that she couldn’t do their wedding because of her ‘relationship with Jesus Christ’.