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October 7, 2014
Following the Supreme Court's historic decision, LGBTI people are ever more hopeful that full equality across the country is coming

The Supreme Court has made history in the United States, with three in five Americans soon able to say they live in states that believe in equal marriage for all.

On Monday (6 October), the high court declined to hear appeals from give five states that were challenging lower court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage.

By doing so, same-sex marriage is now legal in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.

October 7, 2014

Decision comes a day after marriage equality comes to six additional US states

Same-sex weddings in Las Vegas?

It appears to be just a matter of time now that the Ninth District Court of Appeals has struck down gay marriage bans in the states of Nevada and Idaho.

The ruling comes a day after the US Supreme Court opted not to intervene in gay marriage appeals in Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin making same-sex marriage legal in those states. Colorado also began issuing licenses to same-sex marriages this week.

October 6, 2014

NOM President Brian Brown: 'We are not defeated or dispirited'

Monday was not a good day for the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most vocal opponents of gay marriage in the US.

The US Supreme Court's decision to pass on reviewing any of the seven same-sex marriage cases submitted to them has resulted in same-sex marriage immediately becoming legal in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana on the same day.

In addition, Colorado also announced it would begin issuing marriage licenses state-wide to same-sex couples with five more states likely to soon follow suit.

October 6, 2014

Same-sex couples in all 64 Colorado counties are now allowed to get married

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday (6 October) ordered that all 64 counties in his state begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

His actions came shortly after the US Supreme Court announced that it would let stand a 10th Circuit Court's ruling granting marriage equality.

The high court denied a hearing for cases in both Oklahoma and Utah which, like Colorado, are also in the 10th Circuit.

October 6, 2014

Thousands of same-sex couples can now marry in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin

Thousands of gay couples in the United States are now able to marry thanks to a historic Supreme Court decision today (6 October).

The high court turned down same-sex marriage appeals from five states - Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisonsin. Gay marriage is now legal there and couples can begin to get their marriage licenses.

By rejecting the appeals in these cases, the court left intact lower-court rulings that ruled same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional.

October 6, 2014

Among those getting married are Oklahoma couple who in 2004 filed suit to overturn state ban

It was back in 2004 that Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin sued to get a marriage license in Oklahoma.

On Monday (6 October), they finally got it.

The couple were among the many in several states across the US to were able to obtain marriage licenses shortly after the US Supreme Court let stand the overturning of state marriage bans in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Colorado also began to issue licenses.

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 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.

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.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 14, 2014

Christian Minard is one semester from completing her sports management degree at Southwestern Christian University

Christian Minard has been expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, for marrying her girlfriend.

Minard, 22, is just one semester away from completing her sports management degree and her marriage to Kadyn Parks in March is in violation of the school's admission requirement agreement that prohibits 'homosexual behavior.'

July 14, 2014

Christian Minard is one semester from completing her sports management degree at Southwestern Christian University

Christian Minard has been expelled from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, for marrying her girlfriend.

Minard, 22, is just one semester away from completing her sports management degree and her marriage to Kadyn Parks in March is in violation of the school's admission requirement agreement that prohibits 'homosexual behavior.'

July 13, 2014

When a Christian university in Oklahoma found out Christian Minard had married her girlfriend, a letter of expulsion arrived at her home 

A US college student was expelled after staff found out about her marriage to another woman.

Christian Minard was a student at Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma until she received a letter from the school telling her she was expelled.

Brad Davis, the school’s vice president of student life, had evidently caught wind of Minard’s marriage to long-term girlfriend Kadyn Parks.

‘I was informed that you recently married someone of the same sex and saw a few pictures from Facebook,’ wrote Davis.

June 20, 2014

Lisa Weiszmiller was kicked out of the US Army in 1979 for being a lesbian but 35 years later it has recorded her discharge as honorable

Oklahoma lesbian Lisa Weiszmiller has had her Army certificate of discharge reissued to list her discharge as honorable instead of dishonorable after she was kicked out of the army in 1979.

The reissued certificate is dated to 22 June 1979 and was given to her just days before the 35 year anniversary of her being kicked out of the army over her sexual orientation.

June 11, 2014

'What I will tell you right now is that was done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from God. And in that time, it was totally just, it came directly from God'

A candidate for Oklahoma's state House considers stoning just punishment for gays.

Last summer Scott Esk, a conservative Republican, responded in a Facebook conversation about Pope Francis' 'Who am I to judge gay people?' statement. Esk quoted from the Old Testament passages where gay sexuality is punished.

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.

March 4, 2014

A group of 20 Republicans from the American West lead by two former US senators are joining court battles over same-sex marriage on the side of the LGBTI community

A group of Republicans is filing friend-of-the-court briefs in appeals battles over state bans on same-sex marriage and has already done so in Utah and Oklahoma after courts struck down their state bans.

The group of gay friendly Republicans are being lead by former Senator Alan K Simpson of Wyoming and former Senator Nancy L Kassebaum of Kansas.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 20, 2014

Citing recent success in federal courts in other US states, they want ban immediately declared unconstitutional

Feeling the momentum from judicial victories in other states, the four couples suing to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage are trying to move their case along a little faster.

The couples filed a motion late Tuesday (18 February) asking a federal court in Boise to issue a decision without a trial. They claim the ban violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

The motion is scheduled to be heard by Chief US Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on 5 May 5 in Boise.

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 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 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.

November 7, 2013

Governor Mary Fallin permits only National Guard centers run by the federal government to issue benefit ID cards to same-sex spouses

The US state of Oklahoma will continue to discriminate against National Guard gay troops and their same-sex spouses.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement today, 6 October, announcing National Guard facilities, owned by the state, will not issue ID cards to the spouses of gay troops, even with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's directive that all legally married service members are be treated like their straight peers.