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September 10, 2014

A total of seven cases are now vying for review by nation's highest court

The attorney generals of both Indiana and Wisconsin petitioned the US Supreme Court on Tuesday (9 September) to review appeals court rulings that struck down gay marriage bans in their states.

Plaintiffs in both cases agree with the request to have the cases heard by the nation's highest court.

The latest two states to make this request are competing with similar requests made in cases in several other states including Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.

September 10, 2014

Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana cases in the running as justices meet on September 29

Justices of the US Supreme Court will meet later this month (29 September) to discuss whether to take on a gay marriages case during its next term which begins in October.

The high court indicated on Wednesday (10 September) that it will meet in a private conference to consider whether to grant review of appeals in cases challenging marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

September 6, 2014

'The status quo has not changed with today’s ruling'

J.B. Van Hollen, Wisconsin's attorney general, promises to take his battle against marriage equality to the US Supreme Court.

September 4, 2014

'...The only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction – that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended – is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision was released today (4 September).

August 27, 2014

States one judge: 'There was a tradition of not allowing black and whites' to marry. 'It was a tradition. It got swept aside'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago expressed skepticism over gay marriage bans during oral arguments on cases in in Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday (26 August).

One member of the three-judge panel, Judge Richard Posner, hammered Wisconsin attorney Timothy Samuelson with questions seeking justification for why his state denies marriage rights to same-sex couples.

When Samuelson said it is a ban that is rooted in tradition, Posner stated: 'That’s the tradition argument. It’s feeble!'

August 22, 2014

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has set oral arguments for August 26

The next big legal stage in the fight for marriage equality in the US has been set.

On Tuesday (26 August), the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago will hear oral arguments in gay marriage cases from Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Seventh Circuit's jurisdiction also includes Illinois where same-sex marriage is already legal.

The circuit courts are the final stop before the US Supreme Court which may or may not choose to hear any of the cases recently decided.

August 8, 2014

National Organization for Marriage president: Target 'insinuates' that people against gay marriage are 'akin to segregationists and racial bigots'

The National Organization for Marriage, the largest anti-gay organization in the US, is targeting one of the country's largest retailers with a boycott because of its support of gay marriage.

NOM President Brian Brown announced Thursday (7 August) a boycott against Target, a Minnesota-based chain with 2,000 stores nationwide.

The retailer this week signed on to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage in pending cases in Wisconsin and Indiana.

August 1, 2014

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg predicts high court will not duck marriage equality once a case is properly before the court

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg predicts that the nation's high court will hear a same-sex marriage case by June 2016 if not next year.

Since the court, in a 5-4 decision in June 2013, gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, federal courts have struck down gay marriage bans in several states.

Cases on appeal in such states as Utah, Indiana or Virginia could be one of those selected by the court for a landmark ruling.

July 18, 2014

Couples required to show in-state marriage license to rent atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza

It was in 2007 that Ohio opened up its Statehouse to wedding ceremonies and receptions allowing couples to rent the atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza.

This week, a 12-member panel voted to retain a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of this opportunity.

The gay couples are excluded because of a requirement that they have in-state marriage license. That is currently impossible to provide since a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was passed in 2004.

July 10, 2014

Fred G. Thompson, who lived as a woman using the name Frances, was legally married to Frank Carrick in 1912 and a judge upheld their marriage license, convinced she was a woman despite her being born male

It turns out that LGBTI couples who marry following the striking down of Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage in June will not be the first to have legally married in the state.

In 1912 gender illusionist, singer and prostitute Frances Thompson, born biologically male as Fred G. Thompson, convinced a justice of the peace to allow her to marry Indiana native Frank Williams in the city of Crown Point.

Frances married Frank, dressed as a woman, and took his surname Williams.

July 9, 2014

Cites stay issued on federal judge's ruling that struck down state's gay marriage ban

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has ordered state agencies not to recognize any of the hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place last month in the Hoosier state.

The agencies have been directed 'to execute their functions' as though a federal judge had not struck down the state's gay marriage ban on 25 June - to proceed as if it 'had not been issued.'

The state appealed the ruling and a stay was issued by an appellate court but by that time hundreds of same-sex marriages had already taken place.

July 9, 2014

Cites stay issued on federal judge's ruling that struck down state's gay marriage ban

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has ordered state agencies not to recognize any of the hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place last month in the Hoosier state.

The agencies have been directed 'to execute their functions' as though a federal judge had not struck down the state's gay marriage ban on 25 June - to proceed as if it 'had not been issued.'

The state appealed the ruling and a stay was issued by an appellate court but by that time hundreds of same-sex marriages had already taken place.

July 1, 2014

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney to be considered legally married as marriage equality case is being appealed

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney are considered legally married in their home state of Indiana - again.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today issued an order compelling the state  to recognize their marriage while the state appeals a federal judge's decision last week to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The appeals court order is in response to an emergency appeal filed Monday (30 June) filed by Lambda Legal because Quasney is battling Stage IV ovarian cancer.

June 30, 2014

Niki Quasney, plainitff in case that resulted in overturning of state's gay marriage ban, has terminal cancer

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, continue their race against time.

Quasney has stage IV cancer and the couple has been leading the legal fight to have same-sex marriage recognized in their home state of Indiana.

Last Friday (28 June) they suffered a setback just days after a major triumph.

June 28, 2014

But Lambda Legal vows that 'Greg Zoeller will not have the last word, justice will'

A federal appeals court put a halt to more than two days of same-sex nuptials in Indiana on Friday (27 June) by granting an emergency motion made by the state's attorney general.

Greg Zoeller asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to stay a ruling made Wednesday (25 June) by a federal judge who ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

June 25, 2014

Ruling comes in lawsuit filed by lesbian couple - one of whom is terminally ill with cancer

A federal judge has struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage.

US District Court Judge Richard L. Young did not stay his ruling which means Indiana immediately becomes the 20th state in the US where same-sex marriage is now legal.

Young acknowledged the string of recent rulings in favor of gay marriage and wrote: 'It is clear that the fundamental right to marry shall not be deprived to some individuals based solely on the person they choose to love.'

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

May 9, 2014

Indiana’s Attorney General is continuing to appeal the legal recognition of a lesbian couple’s marriage that a judge ordered so a dying woman can have her wife recorded on her death certificate

The Indiana state government is continuing to appeal a court order recognizing the out of state marriage of a lesbian couple granted so that a dying woman can have her wife recorded on her death certificate.

37-year-old mother of two Niki Quasney has stage IV ovarian cancer and District Court Judge Richard Young placed a temporary restraining order on the Indiana Government in April requiring it to recognize her as the spouse of wife Amy Sandler when she dies.

May 9, 2014

Indiana’s Attorney General is continuing to appeal the legal recognition of a lesbian couple’s marriage that a judge ordered so a dying woman can have her wife recorded on her death certificate

The Indiana state government is continuing to appeal a court order recognizing the out of state marriage of a lesbian couple granted so that a dying woman can have her wife recorded on her death certificate.

37-year-old mother of two Niki Quasney has stage IV ovarian cancer and District Court Judge Richard Young placed a temporary restraining order on the Indiana Government in April requiring it to recognize her as the spouse of wife Amy Sandler when she dies.

May 9, 2014

Lambda Legal launches petition drive in support of woman who wants wife recorded on her death certificate

The Indiana Attorney General's office is being blasted by Lambda Legal for continuing its legal fight against a dying woman and her desire to have her wife's name on her death certificate.

A federal judge this week extended a temporary restraining order on the state government requiring it to recognize 37-year-old mother of two Niki Quasney as the spouse of wife Amy Sandler when she dies.

Despite Quasney having stage IV ovarian cancer, the state this week vowed to continue its legal appeal against her dying wish.

May 9, 2014

Lambda Legal launches petition drive in support of woman who wants wife recorded on her death certificate

The Indiana Attorney General's office is being blasted by Lambda Legal for continuing its legal fight against a dying woman and her desire to have her wife's name on her death certificate.

A federal judge this week extended a temporary restraining order on the state government requiring it to recognize 37-year-old mother of two Niki Quasney as the spouse of wife Amy Sandler when she dies.

Despite Quasney having stage IV ovarian cancer, the state this week vowed to continue its legal appeal against her dying wish.

April 10, 2014

'We are so thankful that we can move forward and concentrate on being with each other'

A federal court in Indiana has ordered the state to immediately recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

A lawsuit was filed in behalf of the couple by Lambda Legal.

'They're married, they love each other and they are doing their best to protect their family,' said Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Paul Castillo.

April 1, 2014

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler say they and their two children cannot wait any longer for the protections of marriage

An Indiana couple is asking a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

March 14, 2014

111 Cakery responds to backlash on Facebook: 'We are just a small family business trying to bring happiness with cake'

Indiana bakery owners Randy and Trish McGath are facing online backlash for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

The couple, owners of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis, posted a lengthy Facebook message on Thursday (13 March) explaining they have 'zero hate' but that their Christian beliefs led them to decline to make a cake for Mike Stephens and Shane Laney.

The reaction on Facebook has been harsh with such messages being posted as 'Hate is hate, even if you cover it with frosting!' and 'Jesus would bake a cake for everyone.'