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May 27, 2015

Roy Moore: 'Congress should do something about this'

Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, objects to Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Elena Kagan performing same-sex marriages.

So much so that he wants two of the three female justices on the US Supreme Court removed from the bench if they do not recuse themselves from pending cases that could decide the marriage equality issue for the nation.

May 18, 2015

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage next month

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put special emphasis on the word 'constitution' while performing a marriage ceremony for two men in Washington DC over the weekend.

The wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York, took place Sunday in Washington's Embassy Row neighborhood.

Ginsburg, who was performing her second same-sex ceremony, said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her 'by the Constitution of the United States.'

May 4, 2015

A ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place

The US Supreme Court has upheld New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy for minors. 

The court refused to hear a challenge to the law today, which means that a ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place.

The Court of Appeals said that the ban, which was signed into law in 2013, didn't violate the the free speech or religious rights of those who offer conversion therapy to minors in the state.

May 4, 2015

Joe Biden: 'It’s that fundamental'

When gauging the potential significance of the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on gay marriage, US Vice President Joe Biden looks back to 1954.

The was the year the high court handed down a landmark decision that ended racial segregation in US schools.

Biden brought up the upcoming decision on marriage equality over the weekend at the OutGiving conference in Dallas, Texas. Among those in attendance was Mary Bonauto, the civil rights attorney who argued for same-sex marriage before the court last week.

May 3, 2015

'We who believe in the traditional understanding of marriage do need your help'

Maggie Gallagher, one of the leading marriage equality foes in the US, penned an open letter to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The essay was published on 1 May in the National Review. Many legal experts see Kennedy as the likely deciding vote in the marriage cases the country's highest court heard last week.

April 29, 2015

His yells could still be heard several minutes after he is ejected

Tuesday's (28 April) Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage was briefly interrupted by a older man screaming that gay marriage supporters will go to hell.

Just after the first lawyer finished speaking, an unidentified older man with grey hair stood up in the audience and started shouting, 'If you support gay marriage, you will burn in hell!'

Court officers ran to remove him.

'Homosexuality is an abomination!' the man shouted as he was dragged out of the room.

April 28, 2015

Likely deciding vote Anthony Kennedy: 'This definition has been with us for millennia. It's very difficult for the court to say, "Oh well, we know better"'

As expected, the US Supreme Court appeared sharply divided today during oral argument for marriage equality cases in four states that could make gay marriage legal throughout the country.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the deciding votes two years ago in rulings that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California, sounded cautious about doing so again.

April 27, 2015

Will the 13 US states that still ban same-sex marriage, a Supreme Court decision could overturn the bans and make history

The US Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments over whether the entire country should allow gay couples to get married.

Only 13 states remain in the fight for LGBTI people to marry the person they love, wherever they want to in the US.

Oral arguments will begin to be heard from tomorrow (28 April), with a decision expected in late June.

The four liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan have already stated their opposition to state same-sex marriage bans.

April 12, 2015

'The constitutionality of man-woman marriage is a question of historic importance'

An anti-gay group wants the US Supreme Court to review a decision that made same-sex marriage legal in Nevada.

As reported by the Washington Blade, the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage has filed a 32-page petition with the highest court in the country.

April 5, 2015

Cruz, an opponent to marriage rights, recently announced he's running for the White House

Two leaders in the US Republican Party filed briefs with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

March 26, 2015

Kamala Harris says proposal 'threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to block a proposed ballot measure that seeks to make legal the execution of people for being gay.

The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was filed last week by a Huntington Beach lawyer named Matt McLaughlin who paid $200 the file his proposal which he wants to appear on the ballot in November 2016.

'This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,' Harris said in a statement on Wednesday (25 March).

March 7, 2015

In all, 379 companies say marriage bans create logistical and economic problems

Some of the biggest media companies in the US on Friday urged the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay marriage when it considers cases from four states next month.

More than 300 companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Disney and Facebook signed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief which points out that marriage bans hurt businesses because they create many economic and logistical hurdles.

March 5, 2015

Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio cases expected to settle marriage equality issue for the nation

The US Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

The high court will hear cases where federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2015.

March 4, 2015

Marriage equality foe Chief Justice Ray Moore recused himself from vote

The Alabama Supreme Court ordered a halt to same-sex marriages on Tuesday (3 March) in a 7-2 vote.

The decision comes despite a recent federal ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban - a ruling the US Supreme Court declined to grant a stay on.

Chief Justice Ray Moore, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, recused himself from the vote.

February 16, 2015

'This power over marriage which came from God under our organic law is not to be redefined by the United States Supreme Court or any federal court'

Roy Moore, Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice, is certain any judge issuing same-sex marriage certificates is breaking the law.

February 14, 2015

Roy Moore, the court's chief justice, does not support marriage equality and advised probate judges not to issue certificates to same-sex couples

Next week the Alabama Supreme Court will consider a petition to block judges from marrying LGBTI couples.

The 6-2 decision was announced yesterday, 13 February; the request was filed by two conservative groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program.

According to, the organizations listed the state probate judges  adhering to the January ruling of District Judge Callie V.S. Granade.

February 13, 2015

'All I’m doing on the Supreme Court is opining about who should decide'

It would come as a surprise to no one if US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia votes against making same-sex marriage legal nationwide later this year.

But he doesn't want to be labeled as anti-gay.

The staunchly conservative Scalia voted against the gutting of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and last week was on the losing end of a vote to extend the ban against gay marriage in Alabama.

February 12, 2015

Justice says people will accept it

Americans will accept same-sex marriage in every state, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has said.

Pointing to the sweeping change in attitudes towards gay and lesbian couples, the 81-year-old justice said the majority of the public will be happy if the Supreme Court legalizes marriage equality.

It comes as Alabama has become the 37th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The high court is set to rule on the issue in June, and conservatives Clarence Thomas has already indicated the court intends to rule in favor of gay rights.

February 10, 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 7, 2015

Come Monday, 9 February, the southern state is expected to start issuing marriage certificates to LGBTI couples

The US Supreme Court is not expected to intervene in a federal judge's ruling against Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to, a deputy clerk for the country's highest court informed lawyers yesterday (6 February) the nine justices would not respond to state Attorney General Luther Strange's appeal.

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 30, 2015

Moore had vowed not to succumb to the 'tyranny' of the federal court that struck down state's gay marriage ban

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed an ethics complaint against Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice alleging he put his personal views against gay marriage ahead of his job as a judge.

Earlier this week, Roy Moore vowed to 'stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority' after US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade declared the state's ban unconstitutional.

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 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.