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October 17, 2014

High court rejects state's request for a stay with one line order

The US Supreme Court has weighed in on marriage equality in Alaska: same-sex marriages can resume.

The high court needed just one line to respond to the state's request for a stay on a judge's ruling this week which declared Alaska's ban in gay marriage unconstitutional.

The ruling issued Friday (17 October) stated: 'The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied.'

But marriages cannot not resume until Monday (20 October) because state offices are closed for Alaska Day.

October 13, 2014

In a brief filed with the Firth Circuit Court of Appeals, Greg Abbott also said that – in relation to legal arguments – the fact such unions may benefit children with same-sex parents ‘doesn’t matter’

At the beginning of the month, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said that part of the reason he was opposed to gay marriage was because he’d been married to his wife for 33 years.

Now, Abbott – a Republican who is currently running for the position of Governor of Texas – has voiced another reason why the Lone Star State should maintain its ban on gay marriage: Maintaining such a ban reduces out-of-wedlock births.

October 13, 2014

Unions took place in June during a brief legal window

More than 500 same-sex couples who got married in Wisconsin last June are no longer in legal limbo.

Governor Scott Walker issued a statement Monday (13 October) announcing that it would recognize that marriages of the couples who were married in the state during the week between a district court’s decision to overturn the state's gay marriage ban and a judge's subsequent stay of that ruling.

The announcement comes a week after the US Supreme Court let stand the striking down of gay marriage bans in five states, including Wisconsin.

October 10, 2014

Former Arkansas governor accuses party leadership of abdicating on the issue

In a week that saw marriage equality enjoy unprecedented gains in the US, former Arkansas Governor Mark Huckabee is accusing the Republican Party's leadership of throwing in the towel on the issue.

Huckabee, an unsuccessful candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2008, is so livid that he is threatening to become an Independent.

'I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,' Huckabee said on American Family Radio's Today's Issues show.

October 10, 2014

High court turns down state's request for a halt on marriages pending appeal

At the end of an extraordinary week on the gay marriage front, Idaho on Friday became the latest state in the US where same-sex couples can get married.

The US Supreme Court turned down the state's request for a reprieve on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following this week's ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Although the state's appeal of the Ninth Circuit ruling is still ongoing, they cannot stop marriages from taking place during that process.

October 9, 2014

Ruling comes after probate judge began issuing licenses to same-sex couples

South Carolina seemed poised to join the growing number of US states with same-sex marriage during a historic week.

But on Thursday (9 October), the state's Supreme Court dashed those hopes - for now - when it ordered probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon on Wednesday (8 October) ordered that a license be given to Charleston County Councilwoman Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley [pictured].

October 9, 2014

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin urges residents to 'uphold our statewide tradition of treating one another with dignity and respect'

Same-sex marriage is coming to the state of West Virginia sooner than anyone expected.

The state's governor and attorney general announced today that they will not longer defend challenges to the state's ban on gay marriage due to the Supreme Court's recent decision not to review the ruling overturning the ban in neighboring Virginia.

Same-sex couples are expected to be able to begin applying for marriage licenses by next Tuesday (14 October) at the latest, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

October 8, 2014

Marriage licenses may soon be issued in Nevada but not Idaho pending further action by US Supreme Court

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order Wednesday (8 October) afternoon clarifying that there is no stay on same-sex marriages in Nevada.

Kennedy had earlier in the day issued a stay, at the request of officials in Idaho, on a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned gay marriage bans in that state as well as Nevada.

The stay was initially thought to also include Nevada where state officials are not requesting a stay.

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 2, 2014

US high court is staying silent on same-sex marriage as anxious Americans wait to hear their decision on whether they will accept or reject the issue

The US Supreme Court has announced 11 cases it will hear in the new term, with same-sex marriage not being one of them.

Anxious Americans are waiting for history to be made, as one decision could affect all 50 states on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

The justices had been scheduled earlier this week to privately consider pending appeals from five states over their bans on gay couples from marrying.

But an orders list, issued today (2 October), indicate the court are not prepared to immediately review the core constitutional question.

October 1, 2014

High court makes no decision on which, if any, marriage equality cases to review - next possible date is October 6

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday (30 October) made no announcement about which, if any, marriage equality case they will review during their upcoming term.

The justices for the past two days have had preliminary closed-door conferences to discuss possible cases.

The next possible date for the high court to make an announcement will be 6 October, according to Lambda Legal.

There are five gay marriage cases from states in three of the nation’s thirteen circuits in the running. They are from Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin.

September 28, 2014

'We don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody?'

A US congressman's office insists he does not support discrimination against LGBTI employees, although there's a recording of him saying otherwise.

At a early September town hall meeting, a Think Progress reporter asked Representative Robert Pittenger if he supported the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

September 22, 2014

Ruling comes in case that involves lesbian couple's adoption of a child

A state judge in Lafayette has ruled that Louisiana's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional in a case involving a lesbian couple and the adoption of a child.

The ruling by Judge Edward Rubin will be made public on Tuesday (23 September) and is expected to be appealed by the state's attorney general.

Rubin's ruling came in family court in the case of Chasity S. Brewer and Angela M. Constanza who were legally wed in California and want the marriage recognized in Louisiana where they live.

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 19, 2014

Sean Hannity: 'You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do'

In talking about child abuse allegations against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Sean Hannity Fox News personality somehow quickly found a way to make it about gays.

Peterson is accused of beating his 4 year old son with a tree branch and has been taken off the Minnesota Vikings roster.

Here's what Hannity had to say about that: 'This is my problem with liberals. Here's where my fear goes with all of this - you guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do.

September 17, 2014

Associate justice says there will only be urgency for high court if a state ban is upheld

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the US Supreme Court won't be in a big rush to hear a gay marriage case unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state marriage bans.

If that were to happen, 'there will be some urgency,' Ginsberg said during a talk at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday (16 September).

The Sixth Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee and has marriage equality cases pending.

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 15, 2014

Gay rights activists are outraged by Pennsylvania's blasphemy laws, with some saying: 'This is not Russia or Iran; this is the United States'

A teenager is facing jail after simulating gay oral sex with a Jesus statue.

The 14-year-old western Pennsylvanian, unnamed by the press, was charged under a rarely used 1972 law that makes it a crime to desecrate a venerated object after he posted the pictures online. The teen did not damage the statue, but simply posted a picture that some find offensive.

The statue of Jesus kneeling in prayer belongs to Love in the Name of Christ, a Christian organization with a branch of Everett.

September 10, 2014

Maura Healey, the 43-year-old former Massachusetts assistant attorney general who was instrumental in challenging DOMA, has secured the Democratic nomination for state attorney general

Maura Healey could become the first openly gay attorney general in the nation after securing the Democratic nomination Tuesday (9 September).

When the polls showed she defeated state lawmaker Warren Tolman for the nomination by 62.4% to 37.6%, she went on to thank those who supported her ‘underdog’ campaign, promising to champion the rights of workers, students and homeowners if elected.

September 9, 2014

Three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals left gay marriage supporters optimistic after challenging arguments used to uphold same-sex marriage bans in three states

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments this week for and against gay marriage in three states.

Justices Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald Gould and Marsha Berzon listened as supporters and opponents of gay marriage in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada made their cases.

Even though same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since 2 December 2013, gay marriage supporters are seeking to ensure the state's Supreme Court doesn't overturn the law in the future.

September 9, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization'

The Human Rights Campaign has formally apologized to the transgender community for putting their issues on the back burner in the past.

'I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization,' HRC President Chad Griffin said over the weekend at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta.

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

September 3, 2014

Ruling by US District Court Judge Martin Feldman ends streak of post-DOMA victories in federal courts

A US District Court judge today upheld the constitutionality of Louisiana's ban on gay marriage.

 

It marked the first defeat for a marriage equality case since the US Supreme Court gutting of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.

Judge Martin Feldman wrote that same-sex marriage is not a 'fundamental right' and that those defending the ban in the case offered 'a credible, and convincing, rational basis' for wanting the ban to continue.