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August 21, 2014

High court won't allow marriages to begin in state until it decides whether or not to review case that struck down ban

The US Supreme Court has dashed, for now, any plans for same-sex weddings this week in Virginia.

Although it has not yet decided whether it will hear an appeal to a federal court's ruling that struck down the state's marriage ban, the high court has issued a stay on the ruling until it makes its mind.

Marriages were expected to begin in Virginia as early as this Thursday.

August 20, 2014

The American Military Partner Association is suing the federal Veterans Affairs Department for continuing to deny some spousal benefits to same-sex couples who live in states where they can’t legally marry

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being taken to court over it continuing to deny some spousal benefits to military same-sex couples who live in states where same-sex marriage is banned despite the Supreme Court striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) is bringing the action through its legal counsels Lambda Legal and Morrison and Foerster LLP who filed a law suit against the VA on Monday in the Federal Circuit Court.

August 13, 2014

High court intervention last resort after appeals court denies delay in ruling that struck down marriage ban

A federal appeals court on Wednesday (13 August) refused to delay its ruling that struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban earlier this year.

This means that barring the granting of an emergency delay by the US Supreme Court, same-sex couples might start getting married in the state as early as next week.

'No one anticipated we would be this close this quickly to the day when all Virginians have the right to marry the person they love,' Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement.

August 10, 2014

'It is time to discard these discriminatory bans and to recognize the humanity, dignity, and rights of gay and lesbian Americans seeking to forge life-long bonds'

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the US Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision on his state's marriage ban.

Last month the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled the southern state's marriage equality prohibition is unconstitutional.

On 8 August Herring, a marriage equality supporter, filed a writ of certiorari petition to the country's highest court.

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 8, 2014

Conservative US radio show host Rush Limbaugh believes the discovery of a gay gene would cause liberals to join the anti-abortion movement en masse

US conservative radio pundit Rush Limbaugh has told his listeners that the discovery of a gene that could predict the adult sexuality of a fetus in the womb would lead to liberals joining the anti-abortion movement in huge numbers.

Limbaugh made the comments yesterday on his Rush Limbaugh Show, saying, ‘I've always said that if genetics ever proves, ever, without a shadow of a doubt, if there ever become scientific proof that homosexuality is a genetic thing, like most people think that it is, not a choice -- it's a genetic thing.’

August 7, 2014

Adam Joseph is popular with viewers of ABC affilate in Philadelphia and has appeared on Good Morning America

Adam Joseph, a weatherman for the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia since 2005, shared some big news on his Facebook page Wednesday (6 August): He's a new father - and he's gay.

He wrote: 'The action news team has grown again! I am ecstatic to introduce Jacob, the newest love of our lives. My partner Karl and I welcomed him into our world on August 5th at 1:41am.

'He tipped the scales at 9lbs 1oz and was over 21 inches long! He was a bit stubborn to arrive, but once he did he's been mellow, attentive, and constantly looking around.

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.

August 6, 2014

Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage will be decided by the US Supreme Court in only the second gay marriage case to be brought before it and the court could potentially decide the issue for all of America

The Utah state government has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear an appeal to a ruling striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a case that could potentially settle the issue once and for all.

The US Supreme Court has not heard a case involving same-sex marriage since it struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court could have ruled that same-sex marriage was legal throughout all 50 states in the California case but declined to do so. However this Utah case now gives it another opportunity.

August 5, 2014

Judge in Palm Beach County case rules state cannot stop man from inheriting late husband's estate

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage suffered its second legal setback in two days on Tuesday (5 August) and fourth in the past three weeks.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis ruled that the marriage ban is unconstitutional in a case involving a gay man seeking to inherit his late husband's estate.

The ruling applies only to the case involving plaintiff W. Jason Simpson who married his late spouse in another state. Simpson now cannot be blocked from claiming the estate.

August 4, 2014

Ruling only applies to Broward County and judge issued immediate stay

Florida's ban in same-sex marriages suffered another blow today when a state judge - the third in three weeks - ruled that the ban violates that US constitution.

The ruling by Broward County state Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen applies only to that particular county and the judge issues an immediate stay pending the expected appeal.

Cohen ruled in a lawsuit filed by Heather Brassner who had entered into a civil union with Megan Lade in Vermont and is seeking a divorce in Florida. 

August 1, 2014

'... It’s hard to make the argument that any two people or any three or four people shouldn’t be able to get married'

Rick Santorum is making clear he has no plans to shift on his view of gay marriage if he makes another run for the Republican party's presidential nomination in 2016.

Santorum, who finished an overall second to Mitt Romney in the primaries in 2012, told Eagle Forum Live over the weekend that conservatives have to push back even harder against liberals who have 'devalued marriage.'

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 30, 2014

Court to hear six challenges to laws banning marriage equality in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee next week

The fight for marriage equality in the US will have a historic day next week (6 August) when a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in six different cases from four states.

Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, located in Ohio, is considering challenges to gay marriage bans in Kentucky (two cases), Michigan, Ohio (two cases), and Tennessee.

It will mark the fourth argument heard by a federal circuit court since the US Supreme Court’s decision last summer which struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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.

July 28, 2014

US Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit is governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina

Calling civil marriage 'one of the cornerstones of our way of life,' a federal appeals court on Monday (28 July) ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 ruling from a three-judge panel came from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which is the  governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

July 26, 2014

'It makes me sad when I see women ripping on other women, and there I was making a joke about our possible first female president!'

Jenny McCarthy now regrets suggesting on The View that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

July 26, 2014

'I think they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually'

“abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-gays-want-let-adults-freely-prey-little-children-sexually#sthash.fOFn3TID.dpuf

Representative Michele Bachmann claims the LGBTI community wants laws that allow adults to have sex with children.

This past week, 23 July, the Minnesota Republican was a guest on the conservative radio show Faith & Liberty.

July 26, 2014

Ruling is second in eight days declaring Florida ban unconstitutional

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage has suffered its second defeat in less than two weeks.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel has ordered that six same-sex couples who sued County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses in January should be allowed to get married.

But Zabel, who issued her ruling late Friday (25 July) afternoon, stayed her decision pending appeal so there will be no immediate marriages in the county.

Zabel cited a 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning a state ban on interracial marriage in her ruling.

July 25, 2014

Stonestreet's TV character recently married his male spouse on ABC hit

Eric Stonestreet plays one of the most high-profile gay characters on television while Rick Santorum is one of the most high-profile opponents of gay marriage.

So when the two men encountered each other at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year, Stonestreet was surprised to have the former US Senator from Pennsylvania ask to be in a photo with him.

The two-time Emmy winning actor just could not do it.

July 24, 2014

US District Judge Raymond Moore temporarily stays his ruling pending filing of expected appeals

A federal judge has struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage after declaring it to be unconstitutional.

US District Judge Raymond Moore issued the ruling Wednesday (23 July) in a lawsuit filed this month by six gay couples who sued to have the state's ban no longer enforced.

It's the latest development in a state that has marriage equality battles going on on several legal fronts.

Moore stayed his ruling until 25 August - the deadline he gave Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to appeal his ruling to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 23, 2014

Republican Senator from Florida insists support for definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is not anti-gay

US Senator Marco Rubio went on the offensive against gay marriage advocates on Wednesday (24 July) accusing them of being 'intolerant.'

Rubio, a Republican from Florida, spoke to an audience at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and said: 'I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay.

July 22, 2014

Outgoing co-host of The Vew says: 'Well, maybe ... she has her girlfriends. You never know'

Jenny McCarthy is suggesting that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

On Tuesday's episode of ABC's The View, McCarthy was part of a panel discussion about a new book about the 'hidden lives of presidents' which includes an allegation that former President Bill Clinton currently has a mistress.

Said McCarthy: 'Well, maybe he has his girlfriends and she has her girlfriends. You never know. Maybe they have an arrangement.'

July 18, 2014

Same-sex marriages were conducted in Utah from 2013 December to 2014 January, a 17 day window

The US Supreme Court is allowing Utah not to recognize approximately 1,300 same-sex marriages as the state appeals the legality of those unions.

This past December, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's gay marriage ban violated the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.