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June 18, 2014

A federal appeals court will rule on the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage in all four states covered by the US judicial Sixth Circuit in the last step for opponents short of taking the issue to the Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is set to rule on the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage across Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee – deciding to hear all of the cases together.

Those four states make up the judicial Sixth Circuit – one of 13 such legal circuits across the United States.

A three judge panel will hear arguments in five cases from the four states from 6 August and is likely to rule on the issue before year’s end.

May 26, 2014

Every remaining state ban on same-sex marriage in America will be tested in court after lawyers announced they would file a case against North Dakota over its ban on gay and lesbian couples marring

North Dakota will officially join 32 other states in having its ban on same-sex couples being allowed to marry challenged in the courts.

May 19, 2014

Judge Michael McShane believes 'if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families'

A federal court judge today struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage after finding it to be unconstitutional.

The ruling by US District Judge Michael McShane came in the case of Rummell and West v. Kitzhaber.

The judge did not stay his ruling which means same-sex marriages in Oregon can begin immediately and makes it the 18th US state to have marriage equality.

March 4, 2014

A group of 20 Republicans from the American West lead by two former US senators are joining court battles over same-sex marriage on the side of the LGBTI community

A group of Republicans is filing friend-of-the-court briefs in appeals battles over state bans on same-sex marriage and has already done so in Utah and Oklahoma after courts struck down their state bans.

The group of gay friendly Republicans are being lead by former Senator Alan K Simpson of Wyoming and former Senator Nancy L Kassebaum of Kansas.

April 23, 2013

Nevada state Senate repealed a ban on gay marriage and passed a marriage equality resolution during which the impassioned debate Senator Kelvin Atkinson came out as a gay man

The Nevada state Senate passed a same-sex marriage resolution, by a vote of 12-9.

The resolution passed today (23 April) repeals the state text defining marriage as between a man and a woman, replacing it with ‘the state shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses, regardless of gender’.

Same-sex marriage was banned in 2002 when voters passed a constitutional amendment, Nevada Question 2.

March 31, 2013

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake looks into the future and sees a Republican presidential nominee who supports gay marriage

Senator Jeff Flake thinks there will come a day when Republicans will rally around a presidential nominee who supports gay marriage.

The Arizona politician made the prediction today (31 March) to reporter Chuck Todd on the news show Meet The Press.

'I think that's inevitable,' Flake said. 'There will be one, and that I think he'll receive Republican support, or she will.'

November 23, 2012

Would define marriage as being between one man and one woman

Voters in three US states may have just passed bills allowing gay marriage, but Republican legislators in Indiana may be still pushing forward with a constitutional amendment banning the marriages in their state.

Even though same-sex marriage is already illegal in the state, an amendment has been authored by Representative Eric Turner (R-Marion) that would ban it in the state constitution and define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Thirty US states have passed such constitutional bans with the most recent being North Carolina in May.

March 16, 2012

US President's re-election campaign labels Amendment One 'discriminatory'

US President Barack Obama has famously said he is still 'evolving' on the issue of gay marriage but that has not stopped him from coming out against Amendment One, a ballot initiative that seeks add a ban same-sex marriages and civil unions to the North Carolina constitution.

Obama's North Carolina campaign spokesman Cameron French said in a statement that the president is against the measure which goes before voters on May 8.

February 13, 2012

State's General Assembly set to vote later this week

The New Jersey State Senate made history on Monday when it voted 24 to 16 to pass a same-sex marriage bill shortly before a similar bill was signed into law in Washington.

The state's General Assembly is expected to vote on the bill later this week where it is also expected to pass.

But Gov. Chris Christie, who could make New Jersey the eighth state in the U.S. to allow gay marriage by signing the bill into law, has already vowed to veto it.