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December 14, 2014

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality sued after the state governor and attorney general declined to apply the Fourth Circuit decision

Lawyers who successfully fought for marriage rights in South Carolina are asking a federal judge to have the state pay their legal fees.

Papers were filed with District Judge Richard Mark Gergel, the jurist who ruled the southern US state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

December 13, 2014

In his decision, Garcia said allowing same-sex couples to marry as the case is appealed 'would only be temporary, with confusion and doubt to follow'

While a judge ruled the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, he's unwilling to lift a stay while the case faces appeal.

This past February, US District Judge Orlando Garcia found the southern's state's prohibition went against the US Constitution's protection of equal treatment under the law.

December 11, 2014

''The circuit courts of appeal are split as to whether a law restricting what counselors or health-care providers may say and what clients or patients may hear in the privacy of the counselor-client or doctor-patient relationship is speech protected by the First Amendment'

Conversion therapy advocates are taking the battle to the US Supreme Court.

Lawyers for two counselors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the American Association of Christian Counselors filed a petition requesting the highest court to review New Jersey's 'ex-gay' therapy ban for minors.

December 9, 2014

First ruling was vacated on a legal technicality

Broward county judge Dale Cohen yesterday overturned Florida's ban on gay marriage for a second time after he vacated his first ruling on a legal technicality.

Cohen first ruled the ban unconstitutional on 4 August in a lawsuit filed by Heather Brassner, who entered a civil union with her now estranged partner in Vermont in 2002 but sought a divorce in Florida.

December 6, 2014

State Republican leaders eventually plan to take their appeal to the state Supreme Court

Republican lawmakers in Missouri plan to appeal a judge's ruling requiring the US state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

According to The Kansas Star, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones filed a motion on 3 December. The hope is to eventually take the case to the state Supreme Court.

December 6, 2014

Two protestors threatened to chop off the head off Reverend Jackie Carter and put it on a stake

Threatening voicemail messages, rocks thrown at her door and a gruesome message from someone who wanted to behead her. These are all the things Reverend Jackie Carter has had to deal with since she has started performing gay marriages.

Carter is a minister at First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita, Kansas where gay marriage has been legal for less than a month.

December 5, 2014

Emmy and Tony winner: 'It had to do with visibility, all the brave people who fought for marriage'

David Hyde Pierce, winner of four Emmy Awards for his performance as Niles Crane on the sitcom Frasier, married longtime partner Brian Hargrove in California in 2008.

Since then, same-sex marriage has become legal in 35 US states plus the District of Columbia which the actor is 'amazed' by.

'I’m amazed of the sort of domino effect with same-sex marriage happening throughout the states,' Pierce told Larry King this week on Larry King Now.

'It had to do with visibility (and) all the brave people who fought for marriage,' he said.

December 5, 2014

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals makes ruling five days before same-sex marriages were due to begin

Same-sex couples were five days away from being able to get married in the state of Mississippi.

Now they will have to wait at least a little longer.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday (4 December) granted the state of Mississippi's request for a stay on the 25 November ruling by US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves who struck down the ban.

The state has appealed Reeves' ruling to the Fifth Circuit.

December 4, 2014

Catholic church launches a 16-page pastoral statement against gay marriage

The Irish church has said the legalization of gay marriage would be a 'grave injustice' in a 16-page pastoral statement it is distributing ahead of a referendum on the issue early next year.

The pamphlet, titled The Meaning of Marriage, was launched yesterday (3 December) at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in Maynooth, and is currently being distributed to more than 1,300 parishes across the country.

The statement said that 'to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.'

December 3, 2014

The 10th Circuit appeals court has rebuffed the latest attempt by the state of Kansas to stop gay people from getting hitched

Kansas remains one of the US states where battles continue to be waged over same-sex marriage.

The US Supreme Court announced in early October that it declined to review pending same-sex marriage bans in several US states.

This paved the way for same-sex marriage in states such as Virginia and Wisconsin, among others, and sent out a clear signal to lawmakers elsewhere that should they continue to fight same-sex marriage in the courts, they would ultimately be disappointed should they get to the Supreme Court.

December 3, 2014

Only US Supreme Court can now halt marriage equality in the Sunshine State

Unless the US Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex marriages will begin in the state of Florida at the end of the day on 5 January.

The US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday (3 December) declined to extend a stay on same-sex marriages in the Sunshine State which is now poised to become the 36th state with marriage equality.

A federal judge had struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages in August. Florida's Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi had sought to extend the ban past 5 January.

December 3, 2014

While some Texas county clerks are preparing to issue licenses, others have said that they will refuse gay couples even if a federal judge lifts his stay on a ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban

Campaigners are hopeful that a stay on a ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban in Texas could soon be lifted. This could mean that gay couples will be able to apply for marriage licenses within the state.

However, the Texas Observer reports that some couples may be left bitterly disappointed, as some county clerks have indicated that they will refuse to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples even if a federal judge lifts his stay.

December 2, 2014

Florida bans same-sex marriage and does not recognize gay marriage certificates from other states

A gay married couple has sued Florida's motor vehicle agency for revoking their licenses for taking each others' names, in the latest challenge to the state's ban of gay marriage.

Daniel and Scott Wall-Desousa became one of the first gay couples in Florida to legally take each others’ surnames.

November 29, 2014

Fr Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, likens gay relationships to ‘sexual friendships’, and says that although he is in favor of inheritance and visitation rights for long-term couples, is against same-sex marriage or adoption rights

With Ireland set to hold a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage in early 2015, an increasing number of its religious leaders are weighing in on the debate.

The latest is the recently appointed Bishop of Elphin, Fr Kevin Doran – one of the country’s most senior Roman Catholic bishops.

November 28, 2014

'The time is here to recognize the marriages as valid and lawful just like any other marriage'

The American Civil Liberties Union is changing its marriage equality suit against Kansas, claiming now the US state is not honoring same-sex marriage certificates.

According to Lawrence Journal-World, the civil rights organization made the revision on 26 November.

The amended complaint is an attempt to get the state to recognize same-sex marriages for health benefits, state income taxes, and changes in driver's licenses.

November 27, 2014

Jim Hood says he has 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Wednesday (26 November) that Mississippi will fight a decision this week by a federal judge to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Hood said in a statement that his office has a 'statutory duty' to argue the constitutionality of the state's laws.

November 27, 2014

Prompted by pressure from conservative groups, the referendum could set back the cause of LGBT rights in the predominantly Roman Catholic country

Slovakian President Andrej Kiska has announced that the country will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in early 2015.

The referendum will take place despite the fact that the country approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in June 2014. However, it's believed that the vote could further halt advances in LGBT rights in the region.

November 26, 2014

But no marriages yet as ruling put on hold pending possible appeal

A federal judge struck down Arkansas' ban on gay marriage on Tuesday (25 November) then placed a stay on the ruling to give the state an opportunity to appeal.

The stay means no marriages can take place between same-sex couples - yet.

US District Judge Kristine Baker stated in her ruling that even though the state's 2004 ban was approved by voters, that 'does not immunize it from federal constitutional scrutiny.'

Baker ruled in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples who sued on the grounds that the ban was in violation of the US Constitution.

November 26, 2014

'The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law'

Another barrier has been swept away. At least for now.

Today, 25 November, US District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled against Mississippi's amendment banning same-sex marriage.

November 23, 2014

'People get divorced. It's a part of life. We don't want it to happen, but it happens'

As it becomes easier for LGBTI couples in the US to marry, one final hurdle remains: the freedom to divorce.

Today, 23 November, National Public Radio did a report on Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham. In 2008, she and her then partner traveled from their Mississippi home to get married in California (when it was legal).

November 20, 2014

Plaintiff: 'Finally my family is equal in the eyes of the state I grew up and made my life in'

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in South Carolina.

The high court denied a motion filed by South Carolina’s Attorney General for an emergency stay to further delay the issuing of licenses to same-sex couples.

A federal judge struck down the state's marriage ban last week in a case filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley.

November 20, 2014

Donations to the main group campaigning against same-sex marriage in America appear to be drying up as courts continue to rule in favor of the rights of same-sex couples across the United States

The most prominent group in America campaigning against the legalization of same-sex marriage appears to be in financial trouble, with its 2013 tax filing documents showing the organization is more than $2.5 million in debt.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) only managed to raise $5.1 million in 2013 with over half of that coming from just two big donors.

That figure was more than half what the organization received in 2012.

November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 18, 2014

Unless unlikely event that high court steps in, licenses to start being issued to same-sex couples on Thursday

Same-sex marriage in South Carolina came a step closer to reality on Tuesday (18 November) after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the state's motion for a stay.

Last week, a US District Court struck down the state's gay marriage ban and that set the stage for same-sex couples to begin getting married this week.

Unless the US Supreme Court intervenes, the marriages will begin at noon on Thursday (20 November).