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February 21, 2015

'We are a nation under laws'

Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, vows to follow the federal courts when it comes to marriage equality.

'We are a nation under laws,' the southern state's chief executive said to Politico. 'We may not always agree with them, but we obey them.'

February 16, 2015

'This power over marriage which came from God under our organic law is not to be redefined by the United States Supreme Court or any federal court'

Roy Moore, Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice, is certain any judge issuing same-sex marriage certificates is breaking the law.

February 15, 2015

'At the time Chief Justice Moore had not started bloviating on this topic and so there was no need to defy because I didn't ask for his opinion and frankly didn't need it'

A probate judge in Alabama is pushing against the state's chief justice, Roy Moore, in the gay marriage battle.

Today, February 15, Alabama Probate Judge Steven Reed was a guest on the ABC News show This Week.

February 14, 2015

Roy Moore, the court's chief justice, does not support marriage equality and advised probate judges not to issue certificates to same-sex couples

Next week the Alabama Supreme Court will consider a petition to block judges from marrying LGBTI couples.

The 6-2 decision was announced yesterday, 13 February; the request was filed by two conservative groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program.

According to Alabama.com, the organizations listed the state probate judges  adhering to the January ruling of District Judge Callie V.S. Granade.

February 12, 2015

Ruling by federal judge expected to send a signal to probate judges statewide

US District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Thursday (12 February) ordered Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis (pictured) was among the probate judges in the state who were caught between Granade's ruling last month striking down the state's gay marriage ban and an order by Alabama Supreme Court Justice Ray Moore to not issue licenses.

January 30, 2015

Moore had vowed not to succumb to the 'tyranny' of the federal court that struck down state's gay marriage ban

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed an ethics complaint against Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice alleging he put his personal views against gay marriage ahead of his job as a judge.

Earlier this week, Roy Moore vowed to 'stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority' after US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade declared the state's ban unconstitutional.

January 26, 2015

Same-sex couples were preparing to apply for marriage licenses on 26 January

A US federal judge issued a hold on the ruling that found Alabama's gay marriage prohibition unconstitutional.

On the night before same-sex couples were going to apply for marriage certificates in the southern state, District Judge Callie V.S. Granade placed a stay on last week's judgment that the state's marriage laws violate the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

January 24, 2015

Attorney General plans to appeal but marriages could begin Monday since judge did not place a stay on decision

A federal judge on Friday (23 January) struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade did not place a stay on the ruling which could mean couples can begin applying for marriage licenses on Monday. But the state's Attorney General Luther Strange plans to appeal the ruling and request a stay.

Granade wrote in her 10-page ruling: 'If anything, Alabama’s prohibition of same-sex marriage detracts from its goal of promoting optimal environments for children.'

January 3, 2015

'My office will not stand in the way as clerks of court determine how to proceed'

It looks like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will not block LGBTI couples from marrying.

The southern state's legal advisor issued a statement in response to federal district Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling all Florida clerks must provide same-sex marriage certificates come 6 January.

January 2, 2015

'There should be no debate...on the question whether a clerk of court may follow the ruling, even for marriage-license applicants who are not parties to this case'

A US federal judge wiped away all the confusion. Come 6 January, every single  county clerk in Florida must provide marriage certificates to qualified LGBTI couples.

Federal district Judge Robert Hinkle released his decision on 1 January.

In late 2014 August, the judge ruled the southern US state's ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional.

He put a hold on the finding to give the state time to appeal.

In the New Year's Day decree, Hinkle noted Florida had a number of appeals that were denied by higher courts.

January 1, 2015

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree has told opposing attorneys that he wants a schedule from them by the end of this month to hear their arguments

A federal judge in Kansas took steps on Wednesday to fast track a ruling over a legal challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage in the state, reports AP.

The challenge was raised by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in October, who are acting on behalf of several couples who had previously been refused marriage licenses in the Kansas counties of Sedgwick and Douglas.

December 31, 2014

The conservative group have targeted three elected state officials who have said that they will officiate at gay weddings: ‘They’re just saying “let’s ride this wave of inevitability.”’

Despite the fact that the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida hasn’t yet been lifted a conservative group has already launched an anti-gay marriage lawsuit against a Floridian county clerk, mayor and judge.

As previously reported, a US District judge has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage in Florida is unconstitutional. The ban is due to be lifted on 6 January.

December 30, 2014

37 American companies have signed onto an amicus brief backing the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida by a United States District Court which is hearing an appeals case on the issue

Some of America’s best known companies have joined the case against Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, signing onto an amicus, or ‘friend-of-the-court,’ brief signalling their interest in the case.

US District Judge Robert Hinkle court ruled Florida's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional on 21 August. However that ruling appears to apply to just one Florida county.

December 24, 2014

While state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel supports marriage equality, he will defend the prohibition

Arkansas is appealing a federal judge's finding against the US state's marriage equality ban.

December 14, 2014

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality sued after the state governor and attorney general declined to apply the Fourth Circuit decision

Lawyers who successfully fought for marriage rights in South Carolina are asking a federal judge to have the state pay their legal fees.

Papers were filed with District Judge Richard Mark Gergel, the jurist who ruled the southern US state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

December 13, 2014

In his decision, Garcia said allowing same-sex couples to marry as the case is appealed 'would only be temporary, with confusion and doubt to follow'

While a judge ruled the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, he's unwilling to lift a stay while the case faces appeal.

This past February, US District Judge Orlando Garcia found the southern's state's prohibition went against the US Constitution's protection of equal treatment under the law.

December 5, 2014

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals makes ruling five days before same-sex marriages were due to begin

Same-sex couples were five days away from being able to get married in the state of Mississippi.

Now they will have to wait at least a little longer.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday (4 December) granted the state of Mississippi's request for a stay on the 25 November ruling by US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves who struck down the ban.

The state has appealed Reeves' ruling to the Fifth Circuit.

November 26, 2014

But no marriages yet as ruling put on hold pending possible appeal

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' ban on gay marriage on Tuesday (25 November) then placed a stay on the ruling to give the state an opportunity to appeal.

The stay means no marriages can take place between same-sex couples - yet.

US District Judge Kristine Baker stated in her ruling that even though the state's 2004 ban was approved by voters, that 'does not immunize it from federal constitutional scrutiny.'

Baker ruled in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples who sued on the grounds that the ban was in violation of the US Constitution.

November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 12, 2014

Stays decision for one week so no licenses will be issued to same-sex couples before then

A federal judge on Wednesday (12 November) struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage saying it is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Richard Mark Gergel stayed his ruling for one week so no licenses can be issued to same-sex couples before then.

Gergel based his decision on a recent ruling by the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the striking down of a same-sex marriage ban in Virginia.

November 8, 2014

'Because the federal District Court’s injunction will effectively disable a provision in the Kansas Constitution, I believe I have a duty to exhaust all of the state’s options for appeal'

Kansas will take its fight against marriage equality to the US Supreme Court.

Yesterday, 7 November, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals denied Attorney General Derek Schmidt's request to place a hold on a federal judge's ruling against the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

November 4, 2014

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree stays his ruling until next week so no same-sex marriages for now

On the day of mid-term elections in the US, a federal judge has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriages in Kansas is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Tuesday (4 November) issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the gay marriage ban.

But there will be no same-sex ceremonies yet because Crabtree has placed a stay on his ruling until 11 November.

The state can file and appeal to the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which has already ruled against upholding similar bans in Oklahoma and Utah.

November 1, 2014

'The Kansas Supreme Court has to be allowed to move forward'

The US state of Kansas asked a federal judge to leave its marriage equality ban alone until the state's Supreme Court makes a ruling.

Lawyers from the attorney general's office made the argument yesterday, 31 October, during a hearing with District Judge Daniel Crabtree.

October 27, 2014

Plaintiffs upset by what they consider to be an overly long wait

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced on Monday ( 27 October) that oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana have been scheduled for January.

The cases will be closely watched because in the Louisiana case, US District Judge Martin Feldman in September upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

Feldman was the first federal judge to uphold a ban since the US Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.