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April 10, 2014

Three-judge panel will decide whether to uphold ruling that declared ban unconstitutional

A federal court in Colorado heard oral arguments in a case appealing a judge's decision that declared Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments for more than an hour on Thursday (10 April).

They will decide whether to uphold a ruling in a case brought by three Utah couples.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is defending the law, walked across the aisle in the courtroom at one point to meet the three couples seeking to have their marriages recognized by their state.

April 5, 2014

Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General, has filed a request for an en banc hearing of his challenge against the federal ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette yesterday (Friday 4 April) filed a request for all 15 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judges to hear his challenge against the state’s gay marriage ban being ruled unconstitutional.

US District Judge Bernard Friedman last month found that the ban on same-sex marriages, approved by voters in 2004, was unconstitutional.

April 2, 2014

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is seeking to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage but he has condemned the far right nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network for trying to join him in doing so

A far right nationalist group is seeking to join the Michigan State Government’s efforts to defend that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying but the government would rather not have their help.

The Traditionalist Youth Network has filed an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief with the Sixth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals which is hearing Michigan’s appeal to the striking down of it ban on same-sex marriage.

March 28, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder says couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before seeking federal benefits

US Attorney General Eric Holder said today that the marriages of the more than 300 same-sex couples wed last weekend in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government.

Holder's announcement comes days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the state would not recognize the marriages while there was a legal stay on last week's ruling by a federal judge which overturned the state's gay marriage ban.

March 10, 2014

North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper has said it is his job to defend his state’s ban on same-sex couples getting married even though he personally believes that legally they should be able to

Despite being a supporter of marriage equality, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says it is his duty to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage despite the attorneys general of Kentucky and Virginia electing to not defend their states’ bans.

March 5, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn: 'Nobody should have to wait for equal rights when it comes to love'

Same-sex couples can now get married throughout Illinois - three months earlier than the state's ban on gay marriage was due to end.

'Nobody should have to wait for equal rights when it comes to love,' Governor Pat Quinn said in a statement.

Quinn's statement followed Attorney General Lisa Madigan's suggestion in a letter this week that county clerks across the state allow same-sex couples to wed.

Illinois' Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act was not due to go into effect until 1 June.

March 5, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has refused to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage that a court struck down so Governor Steve Beshear is going to hire lawyers of his own to appeal it

Two of Kentucky’s leading Democrats have split over the issue of same-sex marriage, with the state’s Attorney General Jack Conway saying he cannot defend discrimination.

‘I would be defending discrimination,’ Conway said at a press conference Tuesday, ‘That I will not do.’

‘From a constitutional perspective, Judge Heyburn got it right, and in light of other recent federal decisions, these laws will not likely survive upon appeal. We cannot waste the resources of the Office of the Attorney General pursuing a case we are unlikely to win.

February 28, 2014

Parliamentary group has launched in Nairobi with the aim of enforcing more extreme anti-gay laws in Kenya

Gay rights activists are fighting to stop a Uganda-style anti-gay bill in Kenya.

Denis Nzioka, a gay rights activist in Kenya, and his colleagues are planning to combat against an anti-gay parliamentary caucus to address the ‘issue’ of homosexuality.

Led by Kiharu MP Irungu Kangata, the leaders have demanded anti-gay laws in the African country to be stricter and enforced.

February 28, 2014

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and state Attorney General Jack Conway have asked a federal judge to delay an order requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of Kentucky while they consider whether to appeal the verdict

Kentucky’s Democrat Governor Steve Beshear is seeking a 90 day delay to a court order forcing the state to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed in jurisdictions where they are legal so that he can consider whether to launch an appeal.

February 27, 2014

The Coalition of African American pastors has called for US Attorney General Eric Holder to be impeached after he told state attorneys general they no longer had to defend state bans on same-sex marriage

A group of African American Christian pastors is campaigning for US Attorney General Eric Holder to be impeached and has attacked US President Barack Obama over his administration’s support for same-sex marriage.

The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) believe Holder’s message to state attorneys generals that they do not have to defend their state bans on same-sex marriage is a denial of due process for opponents of same-sex marriage.

February 21, 2014

Ellen Rosenblum does not believe the law can withstand federal constitutional challenge in lawsuit brought by four same-sex couples

Oregon's attorney general said in legal papers filed Thursday (20 February) that she does not believe the state's ban on gay marriage can withstand a federal constitutional challenge.

This means Ellen Rosenblum joins attorneys general in at least five other US states - all Democrats - who are refusing to defend state gay marriage bans in court.

The state is facing two lawsuits involving three same-sex couples who are seeking to have the ban overturned on the basis that it is unconstitutional.

February 11, 2014

Nevada looks set to join the 17 US states that allow same-sex couples to marry after the state government announced it would no longer seek to defend its ban from legal challenge

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have drive-through weddings in Las Vegas after the Nevada government withdrew from a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the government would withdraw from the case which is before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that with recent court victories the law is no longer defensible in court.

February 8, 2014

Under new directive, federal lawyers will assume same-sex couples have the same rights like opposite-sex couples, including the right not to testify against a spouse

Early next week, the US Justice Department will announce plans to extend more federal protections to same-sex married couples, even those living in states where gay marriage is not recognized.

In a speech that will be given tonight (8 February) at a Human Rights Campaign gala in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder will report government lawyers will, in federal courts, treat same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples the same.

January 23, 2014

Mark Herring believes law against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he has no plans to defend his state's gay marriage ban against pending lawsuits challenging it.

Herring, elected in November, believes that law 'unlawfully discriminates on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender.'

'After thorough legal review, I have now concluded that Virginia's ban on marriage between same sex couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,' he said in a statement Thursday (23 January).

January 10, 2014

Announcement comes after state's governor put status of couples 'on hold' pending appeal of marriage ban ruling

US Attorney General Eric Holder had some good news for the more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah who got married in recent weeks: their marriages are considered legal by the federal government.

Holder delivered the news via video message on Friday (10 January) a few days after Utah Governor Gary Herbert essentially said the marriages were not legally valid and would not be recognized by the state.

December 31, 2013

More than 1,000 same-sex couples have married since ban was lifted 11 days ago

On just his second day in office, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has asked the US Supreme Court to restore the state's ban in gay marriage.

The emergency appeal was filed Tuesday (31 December) with Justice Sonia Sotomayer because she overseas appeals from the US region that includes Utah. Sotomayer can either rule herself after hearing from lawyers from the other side or refer the matter to the entire court.

December 31, 2013

Sean Reyes sworn into office as state plans appeal to court decision making same-sex marriage legal

Same-sex couples have been getting married in Utah for more than a week but the state's new attorney general is determined to put a stop to the ceremonies.

Sean Reyes was sworn into office on Monday (30 December), 10 days after a federal judge declared that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage in unconstitutional. More than 1,000 gay couples have since been married in the state.

Requests for an immediate stay of the decision have been denied and the case is due to be heard next year by the 1oth Circuit Court of Appeals.

December 29, 2013

Utah's Republican leaders are comfortable with the projected costs of appealing Judge Robert J. Shelby's same-sex marriage ruling

Utah's incoming attorney general estimates the state will need $2 million (€1.4)  to appeal District Judge Robert J. Shelby' 53-page marriage equality decision.

Late last week Sean Reyes, who will be sworn in tomorrow (30 December) met with the state's Republican legislative leadership to discuss bringing in outside legal help for the case.

December 25, 2013

More than 700 same-sex couples have obtained marriage licenses since last Friday

The 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday (24 December) rejected the state of Utah's request to halt the same-sex marriage ceremonies that have been taking place at a rapid pace since last Friday.

The federal appeals court was the last legal option for the government before requesting an emergency stay from the US Supreme Court.

The Utah Attorney General's Office tells the Associated Press that it is prepared to file with the high court.

November 10, 2013

A state hearing officer ruled Andrew Shirvell was justifiably dismissed, in 2010, for his intimidation of University of Michigan Student Body President Christopher Armstrong

Andrew Shirvell is suing to get the job he had while he tormented a gay student body president of the University of Michigan.

The former state assistant attorney general filed a federal wrongful termination lawsuit this week (7 November).

According to the Detroit Press Mike Cox, the attorney general who fired him in 2010, is one of the people named in the suit.

November 7, 2013

Governor Mary Fallin permits only National Guard centers run by the federal government to issue benefit ID cards to same-sex spouses

The US state of Oklahoma will continue to discriminate against National Guard gay troops and their same-sex spouses.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement today, 6 October, announcing National Guard facilities, owned by the state, will not issue ID cards to the spouses of gay troops, even with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's directive that all legally married service members are be treated like their straight peers. 

October 29, 2013

Kenya has refused to allow an LGBTI group to register its existence legally. But does this denial breach gay, bi, trans and intersex people’s constitutional rights?

On Wednesday (30 October), Kenya’s High Court will hear a petition from my organization, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC).

We are complaining about the Kenyan government’s refusal to register the commission. The government’s NGO Board declined our application, because of our presumed support or promotion of ‘homosexual’, ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ activities and ‘same-sex marriages.’

October 25, 2013

Republican state representative is leading effort for Kathleen Kane's ouster

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who has taken a stand against her state's ban on gay marriage, is the target of an impeachment effort by a Republican lawmaker.

Kane is a Democrat who supports same-sex marriage. She said in July that she believes the state's marriage ban to be 'wholly unconstitutional' and something she 'cannot ethically defend.'

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is calling for impeachment for what he says is 'misbehavior in office' and 'violation of her constitutional, statutory, and ethical duties.'

October 17, 2013

Hawaii’s Attorney General has said that his state’s constitution does not ban same sex marriage – it only gives lawmakers the power to do so if they choose to – paving the way to same-sex couples marrying there

Hawaii Attorney General David Louie has announced that he has issued a formal opinion in which he has concluded that according to Article III, section 1 of the Hawaii State Constitution, the Legislature has the authority, if it so chooses, to consider and enact a bill relating to marriage equity.

On 9 September this year Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie called the Legislature into a special session, scheduled to commence 28 October, 2013, to consider a bill for same-sex marriage.