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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).

November 11, 2014

High court grants emergency stay requested by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

Tuesday (11 November) was to mark the beginning of marriage equality in the state of Kansas.

But that won't be happening - at least for now - because US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted a request from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt for an emergency stay.

The stay applies to a recent ruling by a federal trial judge who struck down the Kansas gay marriage ban and ruled that the decision would go into effect Tuesday evening.

November 8, 2014

'Because the federal District Court’s injunction will effectively disable a provision in the Kansas Constitution, I believe I have a duty to exhaust all of the state’s options for appeal'

Kansas will take its fight against marriage equality to the US Supreme Court.

Yesterday, 7 November, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals denied Attorney General Derek Schmidt's request to place a hold on a federal judge's ruling against the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

November 7, 2014

Decision comes two days after district judge made ruling that applied only to city of St. Louis

A federal judge on Friday (7 November) struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage that was passed by voters in the Midwestern state 10 years ago.

US District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled that the ban is unconstitutional and that that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses.

The state has said it will appeal.

Smith's ruling comes two days after same-sex marriage marriage licenses began being issued in the city of St. Louis where a state judge lifted the ban.

Smith's decision applies to the entire state.

November 6, 2014

Missourri's attorney general has vowed to appeal judge's order that licences be issued to same-sex couples

They weren't going to be taking any chances.

Immediately after a state judge struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage Wednesday (5 November) same-sex couples began tying the knot.

'Time is of the essence,' Crystal Peairs told the Associated Press. 'We wanted to make sure we got it taken care of today.'

November 6, 2014

Decision 6th Circuit Court of Appeals opens the doors for US Supreme Court to review cases in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee

Momentum for marriage equality in the US hit a major roadblock on Thursday (6 November) when a federal appeals court upheld gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The ruling by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals applies to six cases in the four states where federal judges had struck down same-sex marriage bans.

It comes after more than 30 federal rulings since June 2013 declaring bans on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. The previous legal victories have led to same-sex marriage now being legal in 32 states.

November 5, 2014

Decision by Circuit Judge Rex Burlison could pave way for statewide ruling

Same-sex marriage came to the state of Missouri on Wednesday (5 November) but only in the city of St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is in violation of the 14th amendment of the US Constitution.

His ruling applies only to St. Louis but since Burlision did not place a stay on his decision, marriages could conceivably begin later in the day, according to Freedom to Marry.

November 4, 2014

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree stays his ruling until next week so no same-sex marriages for now

On the day of mid-term elections in the US, a federal judge has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriages in Kansas is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Tuesday (4 November) issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the gay marriage ban.

But there will be no same-sex ceremonies yet because Crabtree has placed a stay on his ruling until 11 November.

The state can file and appeal to the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which has already ruled against upholding similar bans in Oklahoma and Utah.

November 1, 2014

'State officials don't get to pick and choose what laws they need to follow,' says ACLU of North Carolina legal director Chris Brook

At least six magistrates in North Carolina have resigned rather than be forced to officiate same-sex weddings after a federal court decision legalized same-sex unions in the state on October 10, the Charlotte Observer reported this week.

When the federal decision was handed down, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said all state agencies would comply. State Senator Phil Berger however asked to the courts to grant protections to public officials who refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies for religious reasons. It was denied.

November 1, 2014

'The Kansas Supreme Court has to be allowed to move forward'

The US state of Kansas asked a federal judge to leave its marriage equality ban alone until the state's Supreme Court makes a ruling.

Lawyers from the attorney general's office made the argument yesterday, 31 October, during a hearing with District Judge Daniel Crabtree.

October 27, 2014

Plaintiffs upset by what they consider to be an overly long wait

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced on Monday ( 27 October) that oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana have been scheduled for January.

The cases will be closely watched because in the Louisiana case, US District Judge Martin Feldman in September upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

Feldman was the first federal judge to uphold a ban since the US Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.

October 25, 2014

'With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving of full equality for all Americans'

The US government announced today it will recognize same-sex marriage in 6 states.

The states are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 

Today's announcement (25 October) mirrors a similar one made by Attorney General Eric Holder approximately a week ago.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 23, 2014

Brian Sandoval is against effort to have recent striking down of ban heard by entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Brian Sandoval may personally believe marriage should be between a man and a woman but Nevada's Republican governor has still vowed to fight efforts to halt same-sex marriage in his state.

Sandoval on Wednesday (22 October) officially stated opposition to efforts by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage to reverse marriage equality.

The group is petitioning to get the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on a case recently which led to the state's ban on same-sex marriage being overturned as well as the ban in Idaho.

October 22, 2014

US District Judge Perez Gimenez writes that same-sex marriages raise the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages

A federal judge has upheld the ban against same-sex marriage in the US territory of Puerto Rico.

US District Judge Perez Gimenez stated in his ruling that same-sex marriage threatens 'the fundamental unit of the political order'  and also suggested it raises the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages.

He made the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Veleza.

October 22, 2014

Butch Otter, up for reelection, wants entire 9th Circuit Court to re-hear case

Same-sex marriages have begun in Idaho but the state's governor is still hoping that will be a temporary thing.

Butch Otter, who is up for reelection, announced Tuesday (21 October) that he plans to ask the full 11-member 9th Circuit Court to re-hear the case which successfully challenged the state's gay marriage ban.

It was a three-judge panel from the Circuit Court who overturned the ban.

Otter maintains that errors when it struck down the ban on 7 October.

October 20, 2014

Known as 'The Equality State,' Wyoming will become 32nd state in the US with marriage equality

The state of Wyoming does not plan to fight a judge's decision to strike down its gay marriage ban so same-sex couples can begin marrying in the state at 10 am on Tuesday (21 October).

The state's decision comes three days after US District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl found the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

In making his ruling, the judge cited two recent decisions of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down Utah’s and Oklahoma’s bans on marriage for same-sex couples.