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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.

December 23, 2013

Utah does not 'satisfy the factors' for a stay of US District Judge Robert J. Shelby's decision making gay marriage legal

Today (22 December) the US Court of Appeals Tenth District denied Governor Gary Herbert's request for an emergency stay to stop gay couples from getting married in Utah.

Late last week District Judge Robert J. Shelby, in a 53-page decision, ruled the state's s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and there was no 'rational' reason not to allow gays to marry.

December 22, 2013

Utah Episcopal bishop Scott Hayashi has welcomed the legalization of same-sex marriage by a Federal Court judge, saying that it recognizes the dignity of all Utahans

The Episcopal Church in Utah has welcomed the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state by a Federal Court judge, with the state’s bishop releasing a statement celebrating that gay and lesbian Utahans will be treated with the same dignity as other Utahans.

‘As the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, I rejoice that US District Judge Robert J Shelby has struck down Utah’s Amendment 3,’ Bishop Scott Hayashi said of the ruling.

December 20, 2013

Robert J. Shelby rules the law passed in 2004 by voters is unconstitutional

Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge on Friday (20 December) who has declared it unconstitutional and said there is no 'rational' reason to not allow gays to marry.

US District Judge Robert J. Shelby, in a 53-page ruling, writes that the law passed by voters in 2004 is a violation of due process and equal protection under the 14th amendment of the US Constitution.

December 5, 2013

Ruling by Judge Robert J Shelby will be first on a state ban since the Supreme Court struck down part of Defense of Marriage Act

Will Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, passed by voters in 2004, be struck down by a federal judge?

It could happen.

US District Judge Robert J. Shelby heard arguments on Wednesday (4 December) from both sides of a case challenging the ban.

His ruling, expected in early 2014, will be the first on a state marriage ban since the US Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June.

October 19, 2013

Case will determine if state will become 15th in the US to allow same-sex marriage

New Mexico's Supreme Court announced Friday (18 October) that it will hear a case next week that could result in the state becoming the 15th in the US to allow same-sex marriage.

The court could issue an immediate ruling on whether a State District Judge in Albuquerque was legally correct by ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The issue has become quite pressing in recent months when eight of the state's 33 counties began allowing the marriages. More than 1,000 licenses have been issued so far.

October 16, 2013

Supporters had hoped judge would strike ban down today

Same-sex couples in Michigan will have to hold off on those wedding plans for now.

There was hope that US District Judge Bernard Friedman would strike down the state's gay marriage ban at a hearing today (16 October) but instead, the judge ordered the case challenging it to trial.

Friedman set a trial date of 25 February, 2014.

'I have to decide this as a matter of law,' Friedman said in court. 'I intend to do so.'

October 10, 2013

What started as a way to protect a lesbian couple's kids has turned into the most hotly-awaited court fight on same-sex marriage in Michigan

A lesbian couple in Michigan has accidentally challenged the US state’s ban on gay marriage.

Looking for legal options to jointly adopt their kids to better protect their futures, the case has inadvertently become the most anticipated development in LGBT people's rights in Michigan.

The state of Michigan will not let the couple jointly adopt Nolan, aged four, Ryanne, three, and Jacob, also three, because they are not married.

September 26, 2013

An Ohio judge has been asked to rule in favor of all out-of-state same-sex marriages being recorded on death certificates when a partner dies after he ruled two same-sex marriages should be recorded as such

The Federal Court District judge who ruled in favor of two dead and dying gay men’s marriages being recorded on their death certificates has been asked to allow all people in same-sex marriages the same respect for their relationships.

September 5, 2013

Judge Timothy Black has ordered that a recently deceased Ohio man’s same-sex marriage should be recorded on his death certificate – the second such ruling he has made in two months

The Federal Court District judge who ruled that an Ohio gay man who is dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease must be recognized as married has now ruled that an Ohio gay man who recently died should have his out of state marriage recognized on his death certificate as well.

William Herbert Ives, 54, married his partner of 18 years, David Michener in Delaware on 22 July, but Ives died unexpectedly last week.

The couple had been raising three children together.

August 15, 2013

Argument by ProtectMarriage is rejected by state's high court

The California Supreme Court has handed what appears to be the final legal defeat to the group behind Proposition 8 and its efforts to halt same-sex marriages in the stage.

The court met in closed session and rejected the arguments of ProtectMarriage that a single judge did not have the authority to overturn a statewide law.

That judge was Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker who in 2010 declared California's ban on gay marriage, passed by voters in 2008, to be unconstitutional.