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July 10, 2014

US Supreme Court Samuel A. Alito, Jr. offers no comment in his denial of Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal

A Pennsylvania county clerk will not get a chance to defend the state's same-sex ban to the Supreme Court.

According to SCOTUSblog, on 9 July Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. denied, without comment, Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal of a lower court's ruling.

The judge's rejection seems to be the clerk's final legal option.

July 5, 2014

'Our plan is to file something with the US Supreme Court because we believe Theresa is a proper party and we believe that intervention is appropriate'

A Pennsylvania county clerk faces a difficult challenge in her attempt to uphold the state's defunct law against same-sex marriage.

On 3 July the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal of a lower court's rejection of her wish to defend the state's gay marriage ban.

In late May, US District Judge John E. Jones III struck down the state's prohibition against marriage equality.

July 1, 2014

Judge John G. Heyburn II had already previously ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal

Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down today by a federal judge who has ruled that it is unconstitutional.

The ruling, however, was put on hold pending an expected appeal meaning there will be no marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples for now.

The ruling by US District Judge John G. Heyburn II marks the 23rd consecutive ruling in favor of marriage equality since the US Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

The DOMA ruling means the federal government must recognize legal marriages between those of the same sex.

May 24, 2014

Earlier this week a federal judge ruled the northeast US state's ban on  gay marriage was unconstitutional

Hotels in Philadelphia are reporting a flurry of phone calls about weddings ever since a judge struck down Pennsylvania's marriage ban.

On 20 May, US District Judge John E. Jones III ruled in a suit brought by 11 same-sex couples, a widow, and two teenage daughters of one of the couples.

May 20, 2014

Coming one day after Oregon ban was lifted, it's the 14th consecutive marriage equality victory in the US

A federal judge today struck down the gay marriage ban in Pennsylvania, the only northeast US state that did not allow gay marriage or civil unions.

The ruling by US District Judge John E. Jones III comes one day after a similar ban was struck down in the state of Oregon which immediately became the 18th US state with marriage equality.

With no stay issued by Jones, Pennsylvania becomes the 19th state where same-sex marriage is legal.

May 19, 2014

Judge Michael McShane believes 'if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families'

A federal court judge today struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage after finding it to be unconstitutional.

The ruling by US District Judge Michael McShane came in the case of Rummell and West v. Kitzhaber.

The judge did not stay his ruling which means same-sex marriages in Oregon can begin immediately and makes it the 18th US state to have marriage equality.

May 19, 2014

Governor Gary Herbert had said the unions were 'on hold' and eligible for state benefits

A federal judge ruled Monday (19 May) that the state of Utah must legally recognize the more than 1,200 same-sex marriages that took place in late December and early January.

The marriages took place during a 17 day period which began when a federal judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage and ended when the US Supreme Court ordered a halt to the marriages while the case in being appealed.

US District Judge Dale A. Kimball ruled that the marriages already performed cannot be made illegal after the fact.

May 19, 2014

'The stay prevents further confusion as the district court order required the (health) department to list same-sex parents as the legal parents of an adoptive child'

The US state of Utah's Supreme Court has called for a temporary halt of birth certificates for same-sex parental adoption.

According to the Associated Press the stay, issued on 16 May, 'appears to apply to a district judge's order requiring Attorney General Sean Reyes and two top health officials to explain the state's refusal to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption.'

May 16, 2014

High court places a stay on lower judge's ruling which invalidated ban

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday (16 May) put a definitive halt to same-sex marriages in the state after a week of legal confusion.

An estimated 500 couples in Arkansas have gotten married in the week since State District judge Chris Piazza struck down the state's gay marriage ban stating that it violated the US constitution.

The seven-member court granted the state's request for a stay while the judge's ruling is being appealed.

But the stay comes after a week of legal confusion.

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.

March 22, 2014

'To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the district court’s judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday, March 26, 2014'

An appeals court has issued a stay on US District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling that Michigan's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

This means clerks in the Midwestern state must cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

March 22, 2014

'I figured in my lifetime it would happen'

Two lesbians who have been together for 27 years, became the first same-sex couple to marry in Michigan.

Today, at 8am, Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, were married by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in Mason.

The couple, who hail from Lansing,  have been together for 27 years.

March 21, 2014

Judge: 'State defendants lost sight of what this case is truly about: people'

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge who said it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.

The ruling on Friday (21 March) by US District Judge Bernard Friedman stems from a lawsuit filed by Hazel Park couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.

The couple contended that the ban violates the federal guarantee of due process in the 14th Amendment to the constitution.

March 14, 2014

The couples moved to Tennesee after legally marrying in other states - filed federal lawsuit last October

A federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday (14 March) that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

The three couples were legally married in other states before moving to Tennessee.

They filed suit last October claiming the ban violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

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 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?' 

February 18, 2014

Judge already ruled state must recognize out of state same-sex marriages - lawsuit seeks to have ceremonies take place in Kentucky

Two couples are suing to have the rest of Kentucky's gay marriage ban struck down after it was partially overturned by a federal judge last week.

The suit asks the same federal judge who ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states to expand his ruling to allow marriages to take place inside the state.

February 12, 2014

Federal judge rules that state's ban treats gays and lesbians differently in a 'way that demeans them'

Kentucky's ban on gay marriage suffered a major blow today.

A federal judge has ruled that the US state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where such unions are legal.

In partially striking down the ban, US District Judge John G. Heyburn II wrote that the state's laws treat gay and lesbians differently in a 'way that demeans them.'

January 25, 2014

Oklahoma state Representative Mike Turner thinks voters are 'willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all'

A Oklahoma state representative is willing to ban marriage for both straight and LGBTI couples.

Representative Mike Turner, a Republican, introduced a bill that would make civil marriage illegal in the southern US state. The legislation is in response to District Judge Terence Kern overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

January 15, 2014

Mary Fallin: 'The will of the people has once again been ignored by the federal government'

Oklahoma's Republican governor was not among those celebrating this week when a federal judge ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Mary Fallin, governor since 2011, said she is 'disappointed' and 'troubled' by US District Judge Terence Kern's overturning a 2004 amendment to the state's constitution that defined marriage as ‘the union of one man and one woman.’

The amendment was passed with 75 percent voter support.

January 7, 2014

Chides lower court for 'uncertainty created by this unprecedented change'

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert is applauding the US Supreme Court's decision on Monday (6 January) to halt gay marriages in his state  until a federal appeals court can fully consider the issue.

January 6, 2014

As more than 900 couples have married in the US state since the ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional, they will all be waiting to see whether these unions will become void

The Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in Utuah.

While a federal appeals court fully considers the issue, no more same-sex unions will take place in the US state.

A brief order was issued today (6 January), following an emergency appeal by the state following the 20 December ruling by US District Judge Robert Shelby.

He ruled Utah's ban on same-sex marriage violates gay and lesbian couples' constitutional rights.

January 5, 2014

At a rally in Utah ex-Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack calls on local law enforcement officials to block gay marriage

A former sheriff is in Utah fighting against gay marriage.

Richard Mack, who once was sheriff for Graham County, Arizona, spoke at a rally held in Highland, Utah.

'The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats,'  Mack said, as reported by Fox 13 News.

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.