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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).

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 15, 2015

Licenses were issues to same-sex couples during brief legal window in March

A federal judge ruled on Thursday (15 January) that Michigan must recognize the same-sex marriages of more than 300 couples who got married in the state last March.

US District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith (pictured) wrote in his opinion: 'Delaying judicial resolution of these issues would serve no useful purpose. To the contrary, such delay would compound the harms these Plaintiffs suffer each day that their marital status remains unrecognized.'

January 12, 2015

Judge Karen Schreier places stay on her ruling pending expected appeal from state

South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down on Monday (12 January) by a federal judge who declared it unconstitutional.

But there will be no marriage ceremonies, for now, as US District Court Judge Karen Schreier placed a stay on her ruling pending an expected appeal from the state.

In her 28-page decision, Schreier ruled that 'plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota law deprives them of that right solely because they are same-sex couples and without sufficient justification.'

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

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denies request from Butch Otter for review of gay marriage ruling by full court

Idaho Governor Butch Otter lost a legal round on Friday (9 January) when the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied his request for a review of its decision to struck down his state's ban on gay marriage.

The ruling was made by a three judge panel of the court in October. Otter wanted the case to be reheard by the full 30-member court.

The court stated: 'The matter failed to receive a majority of the votes of the non-recused active judges in favor' of rehearing the case.

Just three judges voted for a rehearing before the full court.

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 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

Gay couples can now hold symbolic weddings without interference or fines

Gay marriage is no longer banned in Vietnam under an amendment to marriage law that came into effect on 1 January.

Same-sex couples can now hold symbolic weddings and cohabitate without interference or fines from authorities.

However, they will not receive the same rights as straight married couples, a halfway point some lawmakers have hailed as the first step towards marriage equality.

January 5, 2015

Governor Butch Otter says that children are best raised by opposite-sex couples, and that’s why same-sex marriage should again be made illegal in the state

Same-sex marriage was made legal in Idaho last October. Since that time, dozens of gay couples have tied the knot.

However, Republican Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden – both staunch opponents of gay marriage – refuse to give up the fight.

Last week, they both filed petitions to the Supreme Court, asking it to overrule the decision made in October by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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.

January 1, 2015

Circuit Judge Timothy Shea ruled Wednesday that Orange County won’t be breaking the law if it issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples when Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is lifted 6 January

A second Florida county will be able to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next Tuesday after a judge clarified an earlier ruling.

The Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers had previously stated that it believed that only Washington County would be legally able to issue marriage licenses to gay couples starting 6 January when the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is lifted.

However Circuit Court Judge Timothy Shea ruled yesterday that Orange County could legally do so as of next Tuesday as well.

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.