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January 25, 2015

'I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that'

Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, wants to see the US Constitution amended if the Supreme Court strikes down marriage equality bans.

The Republican was a guest on the Sunday news show This Week.

January 23, 2015

Human Rights Campaign has published its annual State Equality Index and warns that despite marriage equality in most states, other inequalities persist

Human Rights Campaign has today published its annual State Equality Index, which ranks 50 US states and Washington D.C with regards to the protections that it offers LGBT citizens.

It has broken states down into four categories, with 29 states occupying the bottom slot: those states offering the least protection.

Just seven states fill the top category: those with the most protection.

January 18, 2015

'The Supreme Court of the United States, 15 times over the last 120 years, has said that marriage is a fundamental right'

Ted Olson, one of the lawyers who argued against California's Prop 8, went toe-to-toe with anti-gay marriage advocate Tony Perkins on today's (18 January) Fox News Sunday show.

The two were invited to discuss the Supreme Court's announcement that in April it will hear four marriage equality cases.

January 17, 2015

'...The history of the Supreme Court is a history of case after case after case holding that marriage is a fundamental right —that it protects individual freedom...'

David Boies, the attorney who argued against Proposition 8 in front of the US Supreme Court, thinks the country's highest court is ready to make a definitive legal answer on marriage equality.

January 16, 2015

High court has agreed to hear same-sex marriage cases from four states

The US Supreme Court on Friday (16 January) agreed to take on same-sex marriage cases from four states in order to rule on gay marriage nationwide.

The high court will hear cases out of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. In each of those cases, federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were revered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Last October, the justices passed on reviewing five other marriage cases which had pro-marriage decisions from federal appellate courts.

January 10, 2015

Not known when three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will issue ruling

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments on marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

It dd so on the same day the US Supreme Court met in private conference to discuss which, if any, gay marriage cases to take on this term.

The oral arguments lasted for three hours and took place in New Orleans and before the same court that struck down racial segregation laws in the 1960s in the Deep South.

January 10, 2015

Justices met privately Friday to discuss cases including marriage equality cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

The US Supreme Court met in conference on Friday (9 January) to discuss upcoming cases but made no announcement about whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court is considering hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

The justices declined to take on any same-sex marriage cases last year in which defendants appealed circuit court of appeals rulings upholding the striking down of marriage bans.

January 9, 2015

Retailer claims the right to discriminate against transgender employees

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has taken the rare step of suspending Saks Fifth Avenue’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) score, following the retailer's claim that transgender employees are not protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The department store made the claim in response to a discrimination lawsuit filed by Leyth Jamal, a transgender former employee, alleging discrimination, harassment and a hostile work environment based on her gender identity.

Saks scored 90 out of 100 on the most recent CEI, the national benchmark for gay-friendly companies.

January 8, 2015

'Congress must repeal DOMA and ensure that all married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law'

The US Supreme Court may have gutted the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 but they didn't kill it.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is leading an effort to completely repeal the anti-gay law which was enacted in 1996.

This week, Feinstein introduced the Respect For Marriage Act which would ensure that all legally-married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law.

January 8, 2015

Florida Republican: 'I don’t agree the courts have the power to do this'

Marco Rubio, one of the two US senators from Florida, is not happy that same-sex marriage is now legal in his state.

The Republican is lashing out against the courts that struck down the state's gay marriage ban and opened the gates for hundreds of same-sex couples to get married this week.

January 6, 2015

'I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, eyeing a run for The White House in 2016, suffered some backlash this week when he said same-sex marriage is something that is voted on by the people.

Bush made the comment as Florida became the 36th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage with couples getting married in Miami-Dade County on Monday (5 January) and in other counties starting today.

January 5, 2015

As same-sex couples begin getting married in Sunshine State, Bush says voters had already made feelings known

As Florida is poised to become the latest state in the US with same-sex marriage, its former governor says it's a decision that should not have never been left up to the courts.

Jeb Bush, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, said on Sunday (4 January): 'It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision. The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.'

January 4, 2015

In a 2014 November speech, the Republican claimed marriage equality threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture'

Mike Huckabee, an opponent to same-sex marriage, is leaving his Fox News television show to consider a 2016 run for the White House.

Arkansas' former governor made the announcement yesterday, 3 January, at the end of his show.

January 3, 2015

Idaho Governor and Attorney General say marriage is a state's-rights issue and that the state has been consistent in legalizing only hetrosexual marriage

A ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in October legalized same-sex marriage in Idaho after rejecting Idaho Governor CL 'Butch' Otter's argument to uphold the ban. He argued Idaho residents have the right to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

On Friday Otter filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court making good on his promise to take the fight against gay marriage to the highest court.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has also filed a separate petition to the US Supreme Court.

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 31, 2014

But a pre-date phone call ended any romantic notions

Imagine what a power couple Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen could have been.

The dashing, silver-haired CNN anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent and the ever-smiling host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live (WWHL) and producer of the popular Housewives reality show franchise.

It turns out they were originally supposed to be a romantic pair and were once set up on a date by a mutual friend.

'When we were set up … we had a phone call to talk before we actually went out on a date,' Cooper said recently while guesting on WWHL.

December 31, 2014

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his wife Lilibet included an image of a US Navy sailor proposing to his boyfriend among images of military families in a Christmas video to defense personnel

A gay couple have been included in a Christmas video to defense personnel from the US Secretary of Defense for the very first time this year.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the video with his wife Lilibet to send to US military families, and a photographic montage along that theme in the video shows a US sailor proposing to his partner at a naval base.

‘This month as you gather with family and friends Lilibeth and I want to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and happy holidays,’ Chuck Hagel says in the video.

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 30, 2014

Pam Bondi has written to Judge Robert Hinkle to ask him if he intended his ruling to lift the ban on same-sex marriage to extend to the whole state or just a particular county

Yesterday we reported on how Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi had been named ‘Loser of the Year’ by the Tampa Bay Times.

This was partly because of her continued attempts to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage and the current confusion that exists in the State over whether county clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after 5 January.

December 29, 2014

The story is told through the eyes of two young kids who want their moms to marry one another

A charming children’s book looking at the subject of same-sex marriage and its impact on families has been made into a short film – which can now be viewed on YouTube.

Cynthia Chin Lee’s story looks at the issue through the eyes of Alex and Nicky – the adopted children of a female couple, Kathy and Lee.

December 25, 2014

The View host had wanted a Sarah Palin moment for the fallen 7th Heaven dad

Yahoo's global anchor Katie Couric scored an exclusive interview with former 7th Heaven star and admitted child molester Stephen Collins but Rosie O'Donnell was not very impressed with the results.

The View co-host took to her blog this week to blast Couric for what she thought was a softball interview and not the same level of interrogation O'Donnell put Sarah Palin through during the 2008 presidential election.

December 24, 2014

After being asked to clarify his position, one Florida state attorney has said that he does not intend to prosecute county clerks in in Orange and Osceola counties if they issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in January

Yesterday we reported on how county clerks in Florida were wavering over whether to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after 5 January, when a stay on same-sex marriages taking place in the state is lifted.

A law firm advising all of Florida’s county clerks had warned them that the lifting of the stay only applied to one particular county: the one named in the lawsuit that had challenged the ban.

December 24, 2014

Justices have cases out of five states to choose from

The US Supreme Court could decide as early as 9 January whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court will be in conference on that day and will consider hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana, according to BuzzFeed News.