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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.

March 14, 2014

The couples moved to Tennesee after legally marrying in other states - filed federal lawsuit last October

A federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday (14 March) that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

The three couples were legally married in other states before moving to Tennessee.

They filed suit last October claiming the ban violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

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.

February 26, 2014

But ban is left in place until appeals process is complete

The Texas ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

But same-sex couples must put those wedding plans in hold for now because Judge Orlando Garcia left the ban in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.

The ruling continues a string of legal victories for gay marriage following similar decisions in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia.

This latest ruling came as the result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples.

February 20, 2014

Citing recent success in federal courts in other US states, they want ban immediately declared unconstitutional

Feeling the momentum from judicial victories in other states, the four couples suing to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage are trying to move their case along a little faster.

The couples filed a motion late Tuesday (18 February) asking a federal court in Boise to issue a decision without a trial. They claim the ban violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

The motion is scheduled to be heard by Chief US Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on 5 May 5 in Boise.

February 14, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, a gay dad of two tells his 11-year-old sons how they have made him into a superhero

The other day, my friend John linked me onto a tweet from a gentleman in Utah. The man was Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank.

Mero’s organization had just submitted an amicus brief in the pending same-sex marriage case in Utah, one of which, he is very proud. ‘A brilliant articulation of the state interest in marriage. Can’t wait for the plaintiffs’ non-response,’ were his exact words.

February 13, 2014

The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the Utah state government’s appeal of a court decision that overturned its ban on same-sex marriage

The Mormon church has filed a last minute legal brief with the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals which is hearing the Utah state government’s appeal of the court decision that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage.

Nearly a thousand same-sex couples were able to marry in Utah during a brief window before the US Supreme Court issued an order for state officials to stop marrying more gay couples until an appeal could be held.

January 22, 2014

'Burger' was awarded a major accolade for its depiction of LGBTI characters in a Cardiff burger bar

A gay short film has won a major award at Sundance Film Festvial.

'Burger, directed by Magnus Mork, won the Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting for its depiction of gay visitors to a late-night burger bar in Cardiff, UK.

The short drama was praised by the jury ‘for its uncanny observation of complex social dynamics and succeeding when it could have gone so wrong.’

The director was present at the ceremony in Parks City, Utah on 21 January to receive the accolade.

January 21, 2014

Governor has declared more than 1,300 marriages to be 'on hold' as judge's ruling throwing out gay marriage ban is being appealed

Utah is being sued by four recently married same-sex couples who are demanding state recognition of their unions.

The marriages took place between late December 2013 and early January 2014 after a federal judge declared that Utah's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional and before the US Supreme Court halted the marriages pending an appeal of that ruling.

In the meantime, Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared that the 1,300-plus marriages that took place during the legal window are 'on hold' and not eligible for state benefits.

January 18, 2014

Speaking prior to the premiere of documentary 'To Be Takei', the Star Trek actor condemned Gov. Gary Herbert, likening his decision to not recognise same-sex marriages to 'tying to put toothpaste back in the tube'

Actor George Takei has condemned Utah govenor Gary Herbert’s decision not to recognise same-sex marriages performed in the state, calling him ‘mean’ for discriminating against over 1,300 married same-sex couples in the state.

Speaking in Salt Lake City, where he is promoting his latest film ‘To Be Takei’ at the Sundance film festival, the Star Trek actor let his feelings for the anti-gay governor of Utah be known.

January 17, 2014

Applies to marriages that took place during brief legal window or in another state

They live in a state where their governor says they are not legally married.

But same-sex couples married in Utah in the last 12 days of December of last year will be able to file joint tax returns for 2013, according to an announcement Thursday (16 January) from the Utah State Tax Commission.

This also applies to same-sex couples who live in Utah but were married in another state where the marriages are legal.

January 17, 2014

Applies to marriages that took place during brief legal window or in another state

They live in a state where their governor says they are not legally married.

But same-sex couples married in Utah in the last 12 days of December of last year will be able to file joint tax returns for 2013, according to an announcement Thursday (16 January) from the Utah State Tax Commission.

This also applies to same-sex couples who live in Utah but were married in another state where the marriages are legal.

January 14, 2014

But same-sex marriages cannot take place as judge issues stay on his ruling pending appeal

A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday (14 January) ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

But unlike in a Utah case where a similar ruling in December quickly led to more than 1,000 same-sex marriages in that state, the judge has stayed his ruling pending an appeal.

Terence Kern, a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, ruled on a case filed by two lesbian couples back in 2004.

January 12, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'People are happy and want to get married, why not? I don't understand where the resistance would be to be honest'

Michael Fassbender, a lock for an Oscar nomination for his performance in 12 Years a Slave, stopped to chat with Gay Star News during a dizzying weekend of award season events in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old actor was asked about the ongoing battle over same-sex marriage that has been going on in the US - most specifically in Utah where a legal battle is taking place.

January 12, 2014

Brothers Riley and Casey Hackford-Peer stand with their mothers, insisting they are a happy family

Twelve-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer, and his brother Casey, stood up for their mothers at a rally supporting same-sex marriage at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their mothers, Kim and Ruth Hackford-Peer, were married on December 20, 2013.

'I always said I imagined my moms getting married in Utah. On December 20 it happened. I saw my moms get married — in Utah,' Riley said at the 9 January demonstration, as Casey stood next to him. 'It felt like fireworks bursting in my heart...'

January 12, 2014

Brothers Riley and Casey Hackford-Peer stand with their mothers, insisting they are a happy family

Twelve-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer, and his brother Casey, stood up for their mothers at a rally supporting same-sex marriage at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their mothers, Kim and Ruth Hackford-Peer, were married on December 20, 2013.

'I always said I imagined my moms getting married in Utah. On December 20 it happened. I saw my moms get married — in Utah,' Riley said at the 9 January demonstration, as Casey stood next to him. 'It felt like fireworks bursting in my heart...'

January 10, 2014

A spokesperson for the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said the church will be staying out of the appeal of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah for now but has not ruled out getting involved at a later date

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has said it will not get involved in the Utah state government’s appeal to the legalization of same-sex marriage by a District Court for now - but has not ruled out becoming involved at a later date.

January 10, 2014

Announcement comes after state's governor put status of couples 'on hold' pending appeal of marriage ban ruling

US Attorney General Eric Holder had some good news for the more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah who got married in recent weeks: their marriages are considered legal by the federal government.

Holder delivered the news via video message on Friday (10 January) a few days after Utah Governor Gary Herbert essentially said the marriages were not legally valid and would not be recognized by the state.

January 9, 2014

HRC's Chad Griffin accuses Governor Gary Herbert of 'planting himself firmly on the side of discrimination'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin is accusing Utah Governor Gary Herbert of discrimination for declaring that same-sex couples in the state are not legally married.

'Governor Herbert has once again planted himself firmly on the side of discrimination by preserving the second-class status he believes gay and lesbian Utahans merit,' Griffin said in a strongly-worded statement.

January 8, 2014

State will not recognize marriages performed before Supreme Court ordered halt to ceremonies

Same-sex couples who got married in Utah in recent weeks have had their marital status placed 'on hold' by Governor Gary Herbert.

Herbert's office today sent a memo to state agencies stating that the more than 900 marriages performed after a federal judge declared Utah's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional are not to be recognized as the state appeals the ruling.

January 8, 2014

State will not recognize marriages performed before Supreme Court ordered halt to ceremonies

Same-sex couples who got married in Utah in recent weeks have had their marital status placed 'on hold' by Governor Gary Herbert.

Herbert's office today sent a memo to state agencies stating that the more than 900 marriages performed after a federal judge declared Utah's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional are not to be recognized as the state appeals the ruling.

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 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

Gay dad Rob Watson had seen people refuse to eat to get what they want before – but like his sons, he hopes protestor Trestin Meacham will grow out of it

These past few years may end up being known as the years of ‘Conservatives behaving badly’.