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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.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 22, 2014

US District Judge Perez Gimenez writes that same-sex marriages raise the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages

A federal judge has upheld the ban against same-sex marriage in the US territory of Puerto Rico.

US District Judge Perez Gimenez stated in his ruling that same-sex marriage threatens 'the fundamental unit of the political order'  and also suggested it raises the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages.

He made the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Veleza.

October 10, 2014

Licenses issued after federal judge strikes down gay marriage ban

Same-sex marriage is now legal in North Carolina.

Shortly after US District Judge Max Cogburn struck down the state's gay marriage ban, licenses were being issued in the state's Buncombe County.

Cogburn declared the ban unconstitutional and wrote in his ruling: 'The issue before this court is neither a political issue nor a moral issue. It is a legal issue.'

October 8, 2014

'...Our citizens are entitled to exercise their constitutional rights and our administration of justice should be free of any ambiguity or inconsistency in the administration of justice...'


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article2625194.html#storylink=cpy

Marriage equality has a foothold in Kansas.

Today, 8 October, Chief District Judge Kevin Moriarty of Johnson County ordered district clerks to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.

September 21, 2014

Three couples filed their case against the state's same-sex marriage ban approximately a year ago

A US judge in West Virginia is waiting on the Supreme Court before going on with the gay marriage lawsuit on his docket.

According to WOUB.org, District Judge Robert Chambers points to an 'overlap of issues' with the marriage equality case in neighboring Virginia as the reason for delay.

September 12, 2014

Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera have been together for more than 27 years

The state of Indiana will recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple - one of whom has advanced ovarian cancer.

US District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen approved an agreement this week (11 September) as the state appeals a ruling that struck down its marriage ban.

Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera, a couple for more than 27 years with two children, were legally married in Illinois earlier this year. They filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to have the union recognized in the state in which they live.

August 28, 2014

Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old in Hawaii in 1999

The man who accused gay film director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was 14 was forced to drop the lawsuit yesterday (27 August).

Michael Egan III, 31, voluntarily dropped the lawsuit due to lack of legal counsel. US district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted the motion.

Singer's attorney has said the X Men: Days of Future Past director is 'looking forward to moving on'.

But as the case was dismissed without prejudice, it means Egan can refile the claim at a later date.

August 21, 2014

US District Judge Robert L Hinkle thinks such bans will be looked upon in history the same as interracial marriage bans

In the most significant ruling to date on Florida's gay marriage ban, a federal judge on Thursday (21 August) has declared that the ban violates the US Constitution.

The ruling by Tallahassee-based US District Judge Robert L Hinkle comes after four state judges reached the same legal conclusion earlier this year.

July 24, 2014

US District Judge Raymond Moore temporarily stays his ruling pending filing of expected appeals

A federal judge has struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage after declaring it to be unconstitutional.

US District Judge Raymond Moore issued the ruling Wednesday (23 July) in a lawsuit filed this month by six gay couples who sued to have the state's ban no longer enforced.

It's the latest development in a state that has marriage equality battles going on on several legal fronts.

Moore stayed his ruling until 25 August - the deadline he gave Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to appeal his ruling to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

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 23, 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.