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August 6, 2014

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio will rule on cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee

A three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments Wednesday (6 August) in six cases challenges gay marriage bans in four different states.

The judges will be deciding whether to uphold rulings by various federal judges in lower courts who ruled that the marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio are unconstitutional.

The Court heard the Michigan case first, followed by two Ohio cases, then two Kentucky cases, and finally the Tennessee case.

Rulings are not expected for a few more weeks.

July 29, 2014

Roy Cooper believes federal court decision in Virginia case makes gay marriage inevitable in his state

North Carolina's attorney general announced Monday (28 July) that he believes it will be 'futile' to defend his state's ban on gay marriage in court.

May 13, 2014

Favorable ruling would make Virginia 19th state in US with marriage equality

The attorneys who successfully argued for the overturning of California's Proposition 8 are hoping for a similar outcome after today's arguments before an appeals court in a case challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban.

Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, once opponents in the Supreme Court case that resulted in George W. Bush being sworn in as US president, are once again on the same side in a marriage equality case.

They asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to affirm that gay and lesbian couples are due their fundamental right to marry.

January 14, 2014

But same-sex marriages cannot take place as judge issues stay on his ruling pending appeal

A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday (14 January) ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

But unlike in a Utah case where a similar ruling in December quickly led to more than 1,000 same-sex marriages in that state, the judge has stayed his ruling pending an appeal.

Terence Kern, a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, ruled on a case filed by two lesbian couples back in 2004.

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.

September 29, 2013

The gay couples claim the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was written to discriminate and is unconstitutional

A judge in Illinois has ruled a case against the Midwestern state's anti-gay marriage ban can proceed.

Cook County Circuit Judge Sophia Hall did not agree with gay marriage opponents who wanted the trial to be dismissed.

'The court finds that the marriage ban is not facially neutral,' Hall said in her decision, as reported by Bloomberg.

September 27, 2013

All were married in Montgomery County before local judge halted the issuing of licenses to same-sex couples

The legal battle against Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage has ratcheted up a notch as 21 couples this week (25 September) have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state law.

The couples claim in their suit against the state that the marriage ban is unconstitutional. Their legal challenge comes two months after a federal challenge was filed against the law by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

June 27, 2013

Democratic lawmakers have re-introduced a bill that would allow legally married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits whether their state recognized same-sex marriage or not following the victories in the US Supreme Court

US Democrats Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jerrold Nadler have re-introduced a bill to repeal the rest of the Defense of Marriage Act after the US Supreme Court struck out Section 3 of the law which prevented over a thousand federal benefits going to same-sex married couples.

June 26, 2013

Defense of Marriage Act struck down by US Supreme Court

In a landmark ruling, the Defense of Marriage Act has been ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.

The court ruled in a 5-4 decision that it is unconstitutional to restrict federal marriage benefits for same-sex couples.

'DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty,' the court's opinion states.

June 26, 2013

Defense of Marriage plaintiff Edith Windsor greeted with cheers at the New York City LGBT Center

Edith Windsor, the victorious plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act US Supreme Court ruling, held a press conference today (26 June) at the New York City LGBT Center.

The 83-year-old was cheered and surrounded by cameras as she and her lawyers walked to the podium.

'Because of today's Supreme Court ruling the federal government can no longer discriminate against the marriages of gay and lesbian Americans,' she said in an opening statement.

June 26, 2013

A bi-national couple was saved minutes after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay rights

LGBT people around the US are celebrating the Supreme Court ruling in favor of equality.

With the SCOTUS saying California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, thousands of lives have been made more equal.

June 20, 2013

Waiting game on gay marriage cases continues into next week

The US Supreme Court's highly-anticipated rulings on two gay marriage cases will not come until next week at the earliest.

Rulings on challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 were not among the decisions announced by the court today.

The decisions are expected to be made public on the same day. The next possible day for that to happen could be Monday (24 June) or next Thursday (27 June).

March 28, 2013

'It is very important for us to remember that we're a nation where everybody is supposed to be equal before the law'

A day after the US Supreme Court heard arguments challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, President Barack Obama spoke out about why he believes the federal gay marriage ban is unfair.

'I think not only is it right and fair but also consistent with our Constitution to recognize same-sex couples,' Obama said Thursday (28 March) in an interview with the Spanish language network Telemundo.

March 27, 2013

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says law is like telling states there is 'full marriage and skim milk marriage'

The justices of the US Supreme Court raised major doubts today about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act during its second hearing in two days on gay marriage.

Journalists who watched the proceedings immediately began tweeting that it appears that DOMA, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, has the five votes needed to be struck down.

March 12, 2013

Washington DC event among 60 planned across US on March 26 and 27

As the US Supreme Court is inside listening to oral arguments in cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, activists plan to be outside making a statement in the court of public opinion.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, United for Marriage and a coalition of other LGBT grassroots organizations, will rally outside the court in Washington DC on 26 and 27 March, the days oral arguments in the cases will be given.

February 28, 2013

US Justice Department to submit brief in Prop 8 case today

President Barack Obama will ask the US Supreme Court to allow gay marriages to resume in California in a brief to be filed by his Justice Department today - the filing deadline.

There had been mounting pressure on Obama to file a brief in the case which challenges the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, a referendum approved by voters in 2008 banning gay marriage.

In recent days, nearly 100 US corporations including Nike, Apple and Facebook have filed briefs as have a dozen US states and more than 100 political and social conservatives.

January 7, 2013

Justices will hear Prop. 8 and DOMA challenges March 26 and 27

The US Supreme Court announced Monday (7 January) that it will hear the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 on 26 March.

The following day (27 March), the court listen to oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The justices will consider whether Proposition 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. The ballot initiative banning gay marriage in California was passed by voters in the state in November 2008.

December 8, 2012

New challenges face President Obama now that the Supreme Court is looking at gay marriage

December 7, 2012

HRC, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, Courage Campaign and others weigh in

After months of legal limbo, the United States Supreme Court has let it be known that they will be hearing two high-profile gay marriage cases in the spring.

LGBT groups on Friday (7 December) reacted favorably to the prospect of having their day in court for cases challenging California's Proposition 8 and the US Defense of Marriage Act.

December 7, 2012

Justices step into the forefront of gay marriage debate in the US

The United States Supreme Court stepped into the forefront of the gay marriage debate Friday (7 December) by agreeing to review cases involving California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The justices are expected to hear arguments in the cases by next April and could deliver a decision by June 2013.

The justices will consider whether Proposition 8 violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. The ballot initiative banning gay marriage in California was passed by voters in the state in November 2008.

November 30, 2012

Justices to consider whether to hear California's Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases

The United States Supreme Court on Friday (30 November) will consider reviewing cases involving California's Proposition 8 as well the Defense of Marriage Act.

The high court is expected to release a list with its decisions on cases it has granted or denied review from the 30 November conference on 3 December.

November 13, 2012

Prop. 8 and DOMA cases now set for Nov. 30 conference

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday (13 November) indicated that it has pushed back the date when it will consider reviewing cases involving California's Proposition 8 as well the Defense of Marriage Act.

The court had been set to hold a private conference on the cases on 20 November but will now do so 10 days later, according to the American Foundation of Equal Rights which is sponsoring the challenge to Proposition 8 which bans gay marriage in California.

October 29, 2012

Justices will conference on whether to hear Prop. 8 and DOMA cases

The US Supreme Court will meet privately on 20 November to discuss two critical legal battles: a federal challenge to California's Proposition 8 and challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) said Monday (29 October) that if the court decides not to hear the Prop. 8 case, same-sex marriages could begin in California within days.

October 18, 2012

Comes after appellate court in Boston had similar ruling

A federal appeals court in Manhattan on Thursday (18 October) ruled 2-1 that the US Defense of Marriage Act, defines marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

A federal appeals court in Boston also found DOMA unconstitutional earlier this year and the issue is expected to be taken up by the US Supreme Court during its current term.

The New York case was filed by Edith Windsor who sued because she was required to pay a $350,000 federal estate tax bill. The government does not recognize her marriage to her late wife Thea Spyer.