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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 9, 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.

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.

December 24, 2014

Justices have cases out of five states to choose from

The US Supreme Court could decide as early as 9 January whether or not it will hear any challenges to gay marriage cases in five states.

The high court will be in conference on that day and will consider hearing cases filed in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana, according to BuzzFeed News.

December 18, 2014

Butch Otter believes Idaho case is 'best vehicle' for same-sex marriage issue to be decided for the nation

Idaho Governor Butch Otter wants his state's gay marriage case to be decided by the nation's highest court.

On Wednesday (17 December), lawyers for the governor filed what is known as a friend-of-the-court brief with the US Supreme Court.

In it, they ask that the court - which is considering hearing several gay marriages cases this term - hear a case out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which includes Idaho.

December 11, 2014

''The circuit courts of appeal are split as to whether a law restricting what counselors or health-care providers may say and what clients or patients may hear in the privacy of the counselor-client or doctor-patient relationship is speech protected by the First Amendment'

Conversion therapy advocates are taking the battle to the US Supreme Court.

Lawyers for two counselors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the American Association of Christian Counselors filed a petition requesting the highest court to review New Jersey's 'ex-gay' therapy ban for minors.

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 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.

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 8, 2014

Marriage licenses may soon be issued in Nevada but not Idaho pending further action by US Supreme Court

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order Wednesday (8 October) afternoon clarifying that there is no stay on same-sex marriages in Nevada.

Kennedy had earlier in the day issued a stay, at the request of officials in Idaho, on a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned gay marriage bans in that state as well as Nevada.

The stay was initially thought to also include Nevada where state officials are not requesting a stay.

October 6, 2014

Thousands of same-sex couples can now marry in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin

Thousands of gay couples in the United States are now able to marry thanks to a historic Supreme Court decision today (6 October).

The high court turned down same-sex marriage appeals from five states - Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisonsin. Gay marriage is now legal there and couples can begin to get their marriage licenses.

By rejecting the appeals in these cases, the court left intact lower-court rulings that ruled same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional.

October 3, 2014

'I know when, but I’m not going to tell you,' he tells audience during appearance in Colorado

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia knows there is a lot of interest in which, if any, gay marriage cases the high court will review in its coming term.

He seems to be enjoying drawing out the suspense.

'I know when, but I’m not going to tell you,' he teased an audience on Thursday (2 October) during an appearance at the University of Colorado.

According to the Associated Press, Scalia added: 'Soon! Soon!'

October 1, 2014

High court makes no decision on which, if any, marriage equality cases to review - next possible date is October 6

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday (30 October) made no announcement about which, if any, marriage equality case they will review during their upcoming term.

The justices for the past two days have had preliminary closed-door conferences to discuss possible cases.

The next possible date for the high court to make an announcement will be 6 October, according to Lambda Legal.

There are five gay marriage cases from states in three of the nation’s thirteen circuits in the running. They are from Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin.

September 22, 2014

Associate justice does the honors for her former law clerk and his husband

As the US Supreme Court is poised to announce which, if any, same-sex marriages cases it will review in its upcoming term, Justice Elena Kagan has reiterated where she stands on the issue.

The associate justice presided over the wedding of her former law clerk, Mitchell Reich, and hos husband, Patrick Pearsall, over the weekend in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

It was the first same-sex marriage officiated by Kagan.

Her colleague on the c0urt, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, has resided over four same-sex ceremonies.

September 21, 2014

Three couples filed their case against the state's same-sex marriage ban approximately a year ago

A US judge in West Virginia is waiting on the Supreme Court before going on with the gay marriage lawsuit on his docket.

According to, District Judge Robert Chambers points to an 'overlap of issues' with the marriage equality case in neighboring Virginia as the reason for delay.

September 17, 2014

Associate justice says there will only be urgency for high court if a state ban is upheld

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the US Supreme Court won't be in a big rush to hear a gay marriage case unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state marriage bans.

If that were to happen, 'there will be some urgency,' Ginsberg said during a talk at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday (16 September).

The Sixth Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee and has marriage equality cases pending.