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July 18, 2014

Same-sex marriages were conducted in Utah from 2013 December to 2014 January, a 17 day window

The US Supreme Court is allowing Utah not to recognize approximately 1,300 same-sex marriages as the state appeals the legality of those unions.

This past December, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's gay marriage ban violated the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

July 13, 2014

'I think a lot of these measures that ultimately will come before the court will not survive a heightened scrutiny examination'

If a US state's gay marriage ban is argued in front of the Supreme Court, Attorney General Eric Holder promises the Department of Justice will file a friend of the court brief asking for the prohibition to be removed.

Holder was a guest today, 13 July,  on the ABC News show This Week.

July 10, 2014

US Supreme Court Samuel A. Alito, Jr. offers no comment in his denial of Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal

A Pennsylvania county clerk will not get a chance to defend the state's same-sex ban to the Supreme Court.

According to SCOTUSblog, on 9 July Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. denied, without comment, Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal of a lower court's ruling.

The judge's rejection seems to be the clerk's final legal option.

July 6, 2014

'If the 10th Circuit Court’s decision becomes the governing law, it will mean that Colorado’s marriage laws cannot stand'

The governor and attorney general of Colorado are looking for a definitive legal answer to the state's gay marriage question.

July 4, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe explains why two recent Supreme Court decisions could be game changers for straight and LGBTI women in the worst way

This month in the US we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the Star Spangled Banner, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776.

Many will simply be singing reproductions of the ‘rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air’.

All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale. All this happens at home as our American troops continue to soldier on.

June 5, 2014

Request by National Organization for Marriage is rejected in terse one-sentence order

United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had just one sentence for anti-marriage equality organization National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Wednesday.

NOM had asked the high court to put a halt to same-sex marriage ceremonies in Oregon which began last month after a judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

Kennedy, who had voted last year to gut key provisions of the Defense if Marriage Act, simply stated: 'The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied.'

April 23, 2014

India’s Chief Justice has decided he will hear an appeal to the Supreme Court’s decision reinstating the country’s ban on gay sex in what will be the last chance to reverse that verdict before a new government takes power

Chief Justice P Sathasivam has decided to hear a final appeal of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 colonial era sodomy law – giving new hope that homosexuality will again become legal in the South Asian country.

The judicial appeal was sought by the Naz Foundation earlier this week but it was unknown whether Sathasivam would accept the case which seeks to contradict the rulings of more junior Supreme Court justices.

April 7, 2014

Case stemmed from photographers who refused to shoot a same-sex wedding based on religious beliefs

The US Supreme Court announced Monday (7 April) that it will not hear an appeal to a widely-publicized New Mexico involving a photography business that refused to take photos for a same-wedding.

The court, which passed on the case without comment, had been asked to consider the case of Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin had found guilty of violating their state's anti-discrimination law.

January 7, 2014

Chides lower court for 'uncertainty created by this unprecedented change'

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert is applauding the US Supreme Court's decision on Monday (6 January) to halt gay marriages in his state  until a federal appeals court can fully consider the issue.

January 6, 2014

As more than 900 couples have married in the US state since the ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional, they will all be waiting to see whether these unions will become void

The Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in Utuah.

While a federal appeals court fully considers the issue, no more same-sex unions will take place in the US state.

A brief order was issued today (6 January), following an emergency appeal by the state following the 20 December ruling by US District Judge Robert Shelby.

He ruled Utah's ban on same-sex marriage violates gay and lesbian couples' constitutional rights.

December 20, 2013

State Supreme Court ruling this week made same-sex marriage legal in state

A ruling this week by the New Mexico Supreme Court means that all 33 counties in the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

That includes Roosevelt County where Donna Carpenter in the county clerk and Janet Collins is her chief deputy.

Rather than have to comply with the law, the two women resigned from their jobs on Friday (20 December), according to state’s largest progressive advocacy organization ProgressNowNM which supported the campaign for marriage.

December 19, 2013

The Indian Government has confirmed that it will not seek to pass a law repealing India’s Section 377 anti-sodomy law until all avenues for appeal through the courts are exhausted – something that could take months.

India’s Law Minister Kapil Sibal has confirmed that his government will seek a judicial review of the Supreme Court’s verdict that the country’s ban on gay sex is constitutional.

On 11 December two of India’s Supreme Court justices cancelled the repeal of Section 377 of India’s Penal Code – effectively re-criminalizing homosexuality in the South Asian nation.

December 15, 2013

India’s Home Affairs Minister appears to have indicated the government will likely appeal the Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality in the courts rather than passing a bill to resolve the issue

Indian Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Saturday that his government did not intend to move swiftly to re-legalize gay sex following the Supreme Court decision that recriminalized it – suggesting it will pursue the matter through the courts instead.

October 30, 2013

Former justice once voted to uphold Boy Scouts of America's ban on gays

Retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor returned to her old workplace on Tuesday (29 October) to officiate over a same-sex wedding ceremony.

O'Connor married Jeffrey Trammell and Stuart Serkin who have already been together for 36 years. Trammell has known O'Connor since her days as chancellor at The College of William & Mary, Bloomberg reports.

October 24, 2013

Barbara Buono says New Jersey governor 'was really forced' to drop legal appeal to try and stop marriages from taking place

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie deserves no credit for dropping a legal challenge to gay marriages taking place in the state, his reelection opponent says.

State Senator Barbara Buono, who has a lesbian daughter, believes Christie's back was up against a wall after he had previously vetoed a gay marriage bill passed by the legislature and continued to speak out against it this fall.

October 24, 2013

Lawyer for gay couples asks justices to 'bring certainty to the uncertainty in the state'

The New Mexico Supreme Court was asked on Wednesday (23 October) to bring some clarity to the issue of gay marriage in a state where it is neither prohibited or allowed.

'Today, this court is given the opportunity to give credence to the notion of equality,' lawyer Maureen Sanders told the five justices. 'The court can bring certainty to the uncertainty in the state.'

October 20, 2013

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, finds the  New Jersey Supreme Court's decision not to block gay marriages 'extremely disappointing

While gay couples in New Jersey are looking forward to the day when they will be able to wed, Brian Brown is stomping his feet in anger.

The president of the National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit organization that fights marriage rights, is upset the Garden State Supreme Court has given the go ahead for same-sex marriages to begin on Monday (21 October).

October 19, 2013

Case will determine if state will become 15th in the US to allow same-sex marriage

New Mexico's Supreme Court announced Friday (18 October) that it will hear a case next week that could result in the state becoming the 15th in the US to allow same-sex marriage.

The court could issue an immediate ruling on whether a State District Judge in Albuquerque was legally correct by ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The issue has become quite pressing in recent months when eight of the state's 33 counties began allowing the marriages. More than 1,000 licenses have been issued so far.

September 24, 2013

Todd Hughes has been deputy director in civil division of  Justice Department since 2007

Todd Hughes made history today (24 September) as the first openly gay man to be confirmed to a federal appeals court.

The US Senate unanimously confirmed Hughes by a vote of 98-0.

Hughes will not likely be drawn into any controversial social issues since US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, on which he will serve, mainly deals with issues of intellectual property.

For the past six years, Hughes has been a deputy director in the civil division of the US Justice Department.

September 7, 2013

The differences in ideology might be sharp on the Supreme Court, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg insists 'one of the hallmarks of the court is collegiality'

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said marriage equality is an example of the Constitution's 'genius.'

The first justice of the country's highest court to perform a same-sex wedding was speaking to an audience in the Northeastern city of Philadelphia on 6 August.

August 31, 2013

Will be US Supreme Court Justice to officiate over a same-sex marriage

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make history this weekend when she becomes the first US Supreme Court Justice to perform a same-sex wedding.

Ginsburg, part of the high court's liberal wing, will conduct the ceremony of Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts.

The ceremony will take place at the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington DC on Saturday (31 August).

August 22, 2013

Lambda Legal claims when charges were brought against HIV defendant James Rick the state misapplied  its communicable disease law

The Supreme Court in the Midwestern US state Minnesota upheld a lower court's decision overturning the conviction of an HIV positive man charged with criminal transmission of a communicable disease.

In 2009 May, Daniel James Rick started a sexual relationship with a man whose HIV status was unknown. Both agreed not to use condoms.

In 2009 October the unidentified partner, known as DB, discovered he too was HIV positive. The two men had their final sexual encounter in 2009 November.

July 20, 2013

Court has already denied separate request by backers of Proposition 8

The clerk of San Diego County is asking the California Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriages in the state insisting that they are still illegal.

Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. filed a petition Friday (19 July) arguing that county clerks in the state are not legally bound by Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris orders that they marry gay couples.

On Monday, the state Supreme Court turned down a similar request made by backers of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative in 2008 passed by voters to outlaw gay marriage in California.

July 7, 2013

When it comes to the recent Defense of Marriage decision and gay marriage, ex-President George Bush keeps opinion private

Former US President George Bush refused to offer an opinion on gay marriage or the recent Defense of Marriage Act case.

In an interview this morning (7 July), with ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, Bush was asked to comment on a previous exchange with Zambian reporter. The journalist wanted to know if same sex marriage was compatible with Christianity.