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April 16, 2014

Timothy Black stayed his ruling striking down state's marriage ban to prevent 'premature celebration and confusion'

The federal judge in Ohio who struck down the state's ban on gay marriage this week has ordered that the marriages of the four same-sex couples involved in the case as plaintiffs be recognized immediately.

Judge Timothy Black is making those couples an exception to the stay he issued on his ruling pending appeal.

April 14, 2014

It is 10th consecutive ruling by a federal judge invalidating state bans since US Supreme Court ruling on Doma last June

A federal judge in Ohio officially issued a ruling today declaring Ohio's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black gave advance notice last week of his intentions in order to give the state time to prepare its appeal. He also placed a stay on his ruling pending appeals meaning same-sex marriages cannot yet begin in the state.

Still, it marks the 10th consecutive ruling invalidating such a ban since the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

April 14, 2014

Republicans in the US state of Nevada have dropped opposing same-sex couple’s right to wed from their platform in an effort to create a more inclusive party

Nevada state Republicans have voted to remove opposition to same-sex marriage from their party platform as a US Court of Appeals considers a legal challenge to the state’s ban on allowing same-sex couples to wed.

The vote was held on Saturday at a Nevada state Republican convention and passed on a show of hands by the 520 delegates present.

The new platform removes references to marriage being only between a man and a woman.

April 12, 2014

'Loving teaches that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, even if the way in which it is practiced would have surprised the Framers or made them feel uncomfortable'

The attorney general of Virginia submitted a brief supporting a judge's decision the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

In papers filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Attorney General Mark Herring maintained blocking gay marriage mirrored the prohibition against interracial marriage.

April 11, 2014

'...America’s abolitionists recalled the timeless insight that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” The wisdom of these words applies as much today as then'

The National Organization for Marriage is comparing the fight against marriage equality to the battle against slavery.

The group, that was co-founded by Maggie Gallagher, has a new fundraising campaign called 'Keep the Republic & Marriage.'

April 11, 2014

Only Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota have state bans on same-sex marriage that are not being challenged in the courts as Americans wait to see if the Supreme Court will finally decide the issue for the nation

Only Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota still have state bans on same-sex marriage that are yet to be challenged in court and that number will soon dwindle to four after a South Dakota couple announced they will take legal action against their state.

Across the rest of America and Puerto Rico there are currently 65 lawsuits in progress against bans on same-sex couples marrying – including 44 in federal courts, meaning the issue could soon come before the US Supreme Court again.

April 10, 2014

Three-judge panel will decide whether to uphold ruling that declared ban unconstitutional

A federal court in Colorado heard oral arguments in a case appealing a judge's decision that declared Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments for more than an hour on Thursday (10 April).

They will decide whether to uphold a ruling in a case brought by three Utah couples.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is defending the law, walked across the aisle in the courtroom at one point to meet the three couples seeking to have their marriages recognized by their state.

April 8, 2014

Rep John Becker wants federal judge Timothy Black impeached

Ohio State Representative John Becker wants a federal judge impeached for planning to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Becker said in a statement Tuesday (8 April): 'In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge (Timothy) Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of "homosexual marriages" performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.'

April 5, 2014

Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General, has filed a request for an en banc hearing of his challenge against the federal ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette yesterday (Friday 4 April) filed a request for all 15 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals judges to hear his challenge against the state’s gay marriage ban being ruled unconstitutional.

US District Judge Bernard Friedman last month found that the ban on same-sex marriages, approved by voters in 2004, was unconstitutional.

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

April 4, 2014

Ruling in case involving birth certificates of children will recognize same-sex marriages from other states

A federal judge in Ohio has announced that he plans to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black made a statement giving notice that he will issue his ruling on 14 April - the advance notice is to give the state time to be ready with an appeal.

The ruling comes in a case that has four married same-sex couples seeking an order that would require the State to place the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their children.

April 1, 2014

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler say they and their two children cannot wait any longer for the protections of marriage

An Indiana couple is asking a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

March 31, 2014

'...If the definition of marriage is no longer based on procreation and the ability to procreate naturally, then what is the purpose in prohibiting marriage between persons of close kinship'

An attorney for court clerks from Virginia filed the first brief in the appeal of a judge's ruling that found the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

David B. Oakley, representing clerks from Norfolk and Prince William County, submitted his arguments, on 28 March, to the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The clerks are appealing the mid-February opinion of Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.

March 31, 2014

The Missouri Family Policy Council is hoping that a court will stop same-sex married couples from filing joint state tax returns in what may be a new front in the far right’s war against gay marriage

Missouri’s Family Policy Council, an affiliate of far right anti-gay groups Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, is suing to stop same-sex married couples from filing joint tax returns as they say it violates the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The group has asked for District Court judge Jon Beetem to order an immediate halt on same-sex couples being allowed to file joint state tax returns as they claim it will result in ‘immediate and irreparable damage’ to their cause.

March 29, 2014

The ruling is a setback in the fight for marriage equality in Taiwan as a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is currently being passed through the Legislative Yuan

A Taiwan court has rejected a gay couple's appeal against a government agency for refusing to register their union.

Veteran gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed the complaint with the Taipei court last year after a local household registration agency refused to register their marriage.

March 28, 2014

Look back on the battle to get same-sex marriage legalized in England and Wales as the first couples prepare to walk down the aisle

The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight.

After years of tireless campaigning from the LGBTI community, same-sex couples in England and Wales will finally be able to say ‘I Do’.

Queen Elizabeth II signed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) last year in July, but it took several months before couples could register their intention to marry.

March 28, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder says couples will not be asked to wait for further resolution in the courts before seeking federal benefits

US Attorney General Eric Holder said today that the marriages of the more than 300 same-sex couples wed last weekend in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government.

Holder's announcement comes days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the state would not recognize the marriages while there was a legal stay on last week's ruling by a federal judge which overturned the state's gay marriage ban.

March 26, 2014

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church

A third of Church of England bishops are allegedly gay, according to a clergyman.

As same-sex marriage becomes a reality in England and Wales on 29 March, many religious leaders are speaking out for and against the unions.

Anglican clergy are expressly banned, under church doctrine as well as in law, from marrying same-sex couples in a church.

March 26, 2014

Rick Snyder believes unions are 'legal and valid' but points to an appeals court stay of judge's ruling that struck down marriage ban

Governor Rick Snyder has announced that the marriages of same-sex couples wed in Michigan last weekend will not be recognized by the state - for now.

Hundreds of couples rushed to get married after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March). An appeals court on Saturday (22 March) granted the state's request for a stay of the ruling and put a halt to the marriages.

March 24, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei, Meredith Baxter and others thrilled with recent court rulings

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles took place over the weekend just hours after hundreds of same-sex couples had gotten married in Michigan.

A federal judge had overturned the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March) leading to an immediate rush of marriages.

Even though the marriages were halted mid-day by an appeals court, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of celebrities as they arrived at the gala and chatted with Gay Star News about the latest legal victory.

March 24, 2014

National Organization for Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher has conceded that same-sex marriage will come to all 50 US states

The co-founder of the leading group opposing same-sex marriage in the United States has conceded that her side has lost the fight and that gay couples will soon be able to marry all over the country.

Maggie Gallagher told the Huffington Post that she believed that a majority of Supreme Court judges would find any state ban on same-sex marriage that was brought before it to be unconstitutional.

Gallagher said she knew the end was near after a majority of the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

March 22, 2014

'I figured in my lifetime it would happen'

Two lesbians who have been together for 27 years, became the first same-sex couple to marry in Michigan.

Today, at 8am, Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, were married by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in Mason.

The couple, who hail from Lansing,  have been together for 27 years.

March 21, 2014

Judge: 'State defendants lost sight of what this case is truly about: people'

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge who said it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.

The ruling on Friday (21 March) by US District Judge Bernard Friedman stems from a lawsuit filed by Hazel Park couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.

The couple contended that the ban violates the federal guarantee of due process in the 14th Amendment to the constitution.

March 20, 2014

Shrewsbury bishop Mark Davies has previously warned gay marriage will lead UK 'into darkness' and compared homosexuality to Nazism

A UK bishop has said the reason Catholics who oppose gay marriage is not because they want to restrict rights, but because they ‘love’.

Mark Davies, a Catholic bishop in Shrewsbury, has defended his recent statements on homosexuality, such as comparing it to Nazism.

His new comments come as England and Wales gay couples, the first in the UK, are preparing to get legally married on 29 March.