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February 21, 2015

'The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law'

Texas wants its highest court to void the marriage license of the southern state's only legally married same-sex couple.

Yesterday, 20 February, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court.

February 19, 2015

State's Supreme Court issues emergency order blocking other same-sex couples from obtaining licenses

For now, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant are the only legally married same-sex couple in the giant state of Texas.

And they might be for awhile.

The couple has been together for 30 years and were married in Austin on Thursday (19 February). They said their vows in front of the Travis County Clerk’s Office, according to The Austin American Statesman.

February 18, 2015

But marriage licenses will not be issued to gay couples yet

A Texas judge Tuesday (17 February) ruled the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Travis county probate judge Guy Herman made the ruling as part of an estate dispute, in which an Austin woman sought to have her eight-year lesbian relationship recognized as a a common-law marriage.

Travis county clerk Dana DeBeauvoir commended Herman's order as 'a great step toward marriage equality,' but added that the judge had not instructed her to begin to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

February 18, 2015

'What they seek is society telling them their sin is acceptable to God'

The notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has said LGBTI people face 'zero' discrimination in the US.

The 'God hates fags' church made the claim in an amicus brief to a federal court hearing an appeal to the of Kansas' gay marriage ban.

'What they seek – indeed what they crave – is society telling them their sin is acceptable in the sight of God,' the church wrote.

February 14, 2015

Close to half of Americans know a gay couple who has been married

A study sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign shows a majority of US voters are for gay marriage.

February 13, 2015

'The fudge packers from Hollywood are shocked the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their imperialist, communist homosexual agenda!'

A Ku Klux Klan chapter has issued a 'call to arms in Alabama' in response to a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, which the Supreme Court upheld earlier this week.

Brent Waller, the imperial wizard of the United Dixie White Knights in Mississippi, 'saluted' Alabama chief justice Roy Moore for refusing to bow to the yoke of federal tyranny.

Waller also called on Klansmen to join the 'massive' Christian protests 'that are surely coming.'

February 12, 2015

Ruling by federal judge expected to send a signal to probate judges statewide

US District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Thursday (12 February) ordered Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis (pictured) was among the probate judges in the state who were caught between Granade's ruling last month striking down the state's gay marriage ban and an order by Alabama Supreme Court Justice Ray Moore to not issue licenses.

February 12, 2015

As Supreme Court gets ready to rule on same-sex marriage nationwide, Reverend Irene Monroe pays tribute to Mildred Loving - the woman that proved love knows no race or gender

On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, many LGBTI activists continue to struggle for same-sex marriage in their states.

But as Alabama has become the 37th state to recognize marriage equality, I must pay tribute to the African American woman Mildred Loving who fought to marry her white male partner.

She is one of my heroes for Black History Month.

Back in 1958, the couple violated the nations rule that banned a couple of two different races from marrying.

February 11, 2015

Highest appeals court denies that gay couples have the right to get married

Italy's highest appeals court has rejected same-sex marriage.

The Cassation Court has said there is nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to LGBTI people.

However, it did say same-sex couples should have the same rights as unmarried Italian opposite-sex couples.

The Constitution states: 'All citizens have equal social dignity and are equal before the law, without distinction of sex, race, language, religion, political opinion, personal and social conditions.'

February 11, 2015

'Having hit a critical mass of states that have recognized same-sex marriage — it doesn’t make sense for us to now have this patchwork system'

US President Barack Obama is weighing in on the confusing state of gay marriage in Alabama where some of the state's probate judges are refusing licenses to same-sex couples.

The judges are caught between a federal ruling that went into effect this week which struck down Alabama's gay marriage ban and an order by the state's anti-gay supreme court chief justice not to issue licenses.

February 10, 2015

There are still some county courthouses turning away couples due to order from state's defiant supreme court justice

Tori Sission and Shante Wolfe made history Monday (9 February) as the first same-sex couple to marry in Montgomery, Alabama.

They were among the couples able to tie the knot in the state which was thrown into a state of confusion when Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over the weekend instructed probate judges across the state not to issue licenses.

Some paid heed to his order, some did not.

February 9, 2015

Move seen by some as an indication high court may be ready to rule in favor of marriage equality nationwide

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to grant a stay on a federal judge's ruling which struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

This was the final hurdle for marriages to begin in the state.

The nation's high court voted 7-2 to reject the stay with Justices Clarence Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia dissenting. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito have voted against gay marriage in the past but did not join this dissent.

February 5, 2015

Amendment to gun legislation challenges the state's ban on gay marriage

Nebraska may have just accidentally recognized gay marriage despite a state ban on same-sex unions.

The Nebraska Legislature yesterday (4 February) voted 38 to 0 in favor of an amendment to a bill that would waive the 180-day residency period for military spouses who want to apply for gun permits.

Sen Paul Schumacher of Columbus proposed the amendment, which applies to 'anyone receiving the federal benefits of a military spouse.'

February 3, 2015

President proposes a major change to the Social Security Act

Tucked in US President Barack Obama's 2016 budget is a major change for gay couples.

The $4 trillion budget released yesterday (2 January) proposes an amendment to the Social Security Act to make all gay married couples eligible to receive spousal benefits, regardless of where they live.

Under current federal law, social security benefits are only available to gay married couples living in the 36 states that recognize such unions.

February 3, 2015

State's attorney general has filed appeal after 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declines to extend stay

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is appealing to the US Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages from beginning in the state this week.

Strange announced his plan to take the battle to the nation's high court on Tuesday (3 February) after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied his motion to stay two federal rulings striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

If the Supreme Court declines to intervene, same-sex marriages can begin in the state on 9 February.

January 29, 2015

Mayor hopes the capital's example will lead to full marriage equality

Rome yesterday (January 28) recognized gay civil unions by approving the establishment of a civil union register for same-sex couples.

The city council voted in an amendment saying that gay marriages contracted abroad are to be automatically transcribed into the newly created register.

Mayor Ignazio Marino hailed the controversial move a 'historic milestone' and thanked all the councilors who voted for the registry.

January 28, 2015

Roy Moore questions jurisdiction of court that struck down marriage ban

The chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court claims a federal judge who struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban last week did not have the power to do so.

Roy Moore has sent a letter to Atlanta Governor Robert Bentley which stated: 'As you know, nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage.'

He also vowed to 'stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.'

January 26, 2015

Same-sex couples were preparing to apply for marriage licenses on 26 January

A US federal judge issued a hold on the ruling that found Alabama's gay marriage prohibition unconstitutional.

On the night before same-sex couples were going to apply for marriage certificates in the southern state, District Judge Callie V.S. Granade placed a stay on last week's judgment that the state's marriage laws violate the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

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 24, 2015

Attorney General plans to appeal but marriages could begin Monday since judge did not place a stay on decision

A federal judge on Friday (23 January) struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade did not place a stay on the ruling which could mean couples can begin applying for marriage licenses on Monday. But the state's Attorney General Luther Strange plans to appeal the ruling and request a stay.

Granade wrote in her 10-page ruling: 'If anything, Alabama’s prohibition of same-sex marriage detracts from its goal of promoting optimal environments for children.'

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 23, 2015

A statement signed by 30 church leaders had said that gay marriage poses a greater risk to society than divorce or cohabitation

Despite the fact that same-sex marriage is now legal in the majority of US states, senior Roman Catholics and Evangelicals in the US have united to warn of the grave ‘threat’ posed to society by allowing gay couples to wed, reports Christian Today .

January 22, 2015

Republican members of the Colorado State Senate have used their political weight to kill a bill to clean up the state’s civil unions law in the wake of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state simply to be obstructive

A group of influential Republican Colorado state senators have used their numbers on the Senate State Affairs Committee to block a law to clarify the state’s civil unions law even though the bill would have prevented gay bigamy.

Colorado passed a bill creating civil unions for same-sex couples in 2013 but the striking down of its ban on same-sex marriage by the courts has created legal complications for same-sex couples who end their relationships in that they will have to divorce twice if they married after entering into a civil union.

January 21, 2015

In 2014 June, seven same-sex couples challenged the state's ban and its refusal to honor gay marriages from other states

A US judge put the brakes on a suit against North Dakota's prohibition against same-sex marriage.

According to local radio station KFGO, District Chief Judge Ralph Erickson issued his order on Tuesday (20 January).