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November 19, 2014

Same-sex couples can begin getting married immediately after marriage ban is struck down

Same-sex couples in Montana don't have to wait any longer to get married.

A federal judge on Wednesday (19 November) struck down the state's gay marriage ban passed by voters in the state in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris did not issue a stay on his decision which stated the ban was in violation of the 14th amendment of the constitution that guarantees equal protection.

November 14, 2014

Another senior figure in the church has lashed out at gay people who wish to marry and start families

A Catholic Cardinal in Italy has said this week that gay couples that wish to have children are undermining traditional families and are ‘irresponsible’.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who is the Archbishop of Genoa and the President of the Italian Bishops Conference, is regarded as a senior figure in the church.

Addressing a meeting of Italian bishops in Umbria on Monday, he spoke out against same-sex civil unions, saying that they ‘confuse people’, especially if children are involved.

‘It is irresponsible to weaken the family by creating new forms.’

November 12, 2014

Stays decision for one week so no licenses will be issued to same-sex couples before then

A federal judge on Wednesday (12 November) struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage saying it is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Richard Mark Gergel stayed his ruling for one week so no licenses can be issued to same-sex couples before then.

Gergel based his decision on a recent ruling by the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the striking down of a same-sex marriage ban in Virginia.

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 7, 2014

Judge says the law is 'degrading, oppressive and inhuman'

A Malaysian court today scrapped a ban on Muslim transgender women wearing female clothing in Negeri Sembilan, a landmark ruling that could trigger similar challenges in other states.

The three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the Sharia law contravened the constitution and did not give transgender women 'the right to live with dignity.'

Judge Mohamad Yunus said the law and punishments were 'degrading, oppressive and inhumane.'

November 7, 2014

Decision comes two days after district judge made ruling that applied only to city of St. Louis

A federal judge on Friday (7 November) struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage that was passed by voters in the Midwestern state 10 years ago.

US District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled that the ban is unconstitutional and that that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses.

The state has said it will appeal.

Smith's ruling comes two days after same-sex marriage marriage licenses began being issued in the city of St. Louis where a state judge lifted the ban.

Smith's decision applies to the entire state.

November 7, 2014

But did she scare any of them off?

Spice Girls singer Mel B has reveals she's had sex with women but says she's not a lesbian.

The British singer, now a judge on The X Factor, revealed that she had sexual relationships with women in the past but now she's 'happily married' it no longer matters.

She was speaking with Alan Carr on his Chatty Man talk show, due to air tonight (7 November).

When asked about straight women who had become lesbians, she said: 'Yeah. I was one of those for a few years.'

November 6, 2014

Missourri's attorney general has vowed to appeal judge's order that licences be issued to same-sex couples

They weren't going to be taking any chances.

Immediately after a state judge struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage Wednesday (5 November) same-sex couples began tying the knot.

'Time is of the essence,' Crystal Peairs told the Associated Press. 'We wanted to make sure we got it taken care of today.'

November 5, 2014

Decision by Circuit Judge Rex Burlison could pave way for statewide ruling

Same-sex marriage came to the state of Missouri on Wednesday (5 November) but only in the city of St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is in violation of the 14th amendment of the US Constitution.

His ruling applies only to St. Louis but since Burlision did not place a stay on his decision, marriages could conceivably begin later in the day, according to Freedom to Marry.

November 4, 2014

Two gay couples both alike in dignity, in fair High Court where we lay our scene

A UK judge has told two feuding gay couples to stop fighting as it is hurting their children.

Over 10 years ago, a lesbian couple desperate to have a baby asked their gay male best friends if they could donate their sperm.

With a beautiful baby girl born, the lesbian couple then wanted a sibling. A few years later, that girl had a sister.

But when the gay couple wanted to have contact with their biological children, the lesbians refused.

November 4, 2014

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree stays his ruling until next week so no same-sex marriages for now

On the day of mid-term elections in the US, a federal judge has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriages in Kansas is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Tuesday (4 November) issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the gay marriage ban.

But there will be no same-sex ceremonies yet because Crabtree has placed a stay on his ruling until 11 November.

The state can file and appeal to the US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which has already ruled against upholding similar bans in Oklahoma and Utah.

November 1, 2014

'The Kansas Supreme Court has to be allowed to move forward'

The US state of Kansas asked a federal judge to leave its marriage equality ban alone until the state's Supreme Court makes a ruling.

Lawyers from the attorney general's office made the argument yesterday, 31 October, during a hearing with District Judge Daniel Crabtree.

October 29, 2014

Sam Ganafa was arrested for 'unnatural offenses' last year

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against prominent LGBTI rights activist Samuel Ganafa.

The executive director of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and three colleagues were arrested in November last year for 'unnatural offenses,' which is punishable by up to life in jail.

The court dismissed the charges on 8 October, nearly a year after his arrest.

October 29, 2014

Eric and Grant Anderson tell GSN about how they became dads to their twins, Ryan and Garet, through the use of a surrogate mom, and what advice they’d offer to others considering the same route to parenthood

Eric and Grant Anderson are both originally from Orange County, California. Together for the past 17 years, they relocated in to the UK in 2005 and now live in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Both work as academics, with Eric, aged 46, a professor at the University of Winchester and Grant, 35, a lecturer at Brunel University.

October 28, 2014

Judge tells Michael Egan: 'You understand this is a court of law.… You understand if you lie to me you'd get in trouble'

Michael Egan, the man who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer and other Hollywood players of sex abuse before dropping his case, did not have a very good day in court.

Egan appeared before a judge in Hawaii on Friday (24 October) in a malicious prosecution lawsuit brought by Garth Ancier, one of the other men he accused.

The judge called Egan out for lying when he claimed to not have had legal assistance in preparing his legal documents.

Judge J. Michael Seabright was not buying it.

October 27, 2014

The two women, who split after 16 years together, have been in a custody battle over the three children they co-parented

An appeals court in Alabama has overruled an earlier ruling that granted child visitation rights to a woman who parented three children with her former same-sex partner – deciding that the woman should never have been allowed to adopt the children in the first place.

The two women – identified only as E.L and V.L – were in a relationship together between 1995 and 2011.

Following artificial insemination treatment, E.L gave birth to a child in 2002, followed by twins in 2004.

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 22, 2014

US District Judge Perez Gimenez writes that same-sex marriages raise the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages

A federal judge has upheld the ban against same-sex marriage in the US territory of Puerto Rico.

US District Judge Perez Gimenez stated in his ruling that same-sex marriage threatens 'the fundamental unit of the political order'  and also suggested it raises the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages.

He made the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Veleza.

October 22, 2014

Alex Au is accused of implying courts are 'systemically biased' against homosexuality

A contempt of court case against gay activist Alex Au started yesterday in Singapore.

The Attorney-General accused the blogger of implying there is 'systemic bias' within the judiciary in cases involving homosexualiy in two posts publised in October last year.

Au wrote on the Yawning Bread blog, 'I take the view that my writings constituted fair criticism, and that the function of the concept of fair criticism is to protect the individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression.'

October 20, 2014

Known as 'The Equality State,' Wyoming will become 32nd state in the US with marriage equality

The state of Wyoming does not plan to fight a judge's decision to strike down its gay marriage ban so same-sex couples can begin marrying in the state at 10 am on Tuesday (21 October).

The state's decision comes three days after US District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl found the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

In making his ruling, the judge cited two recent decisions of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down Utah’s and Oklahoma’s bans on marriage for same-sex couples.

October 18, 2014

'This is not an issue of people's rights to have religious beliefs… This is their job, and it's a job requirement,' says executive director of the LGBT non-profit Equality NC

Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr says he has resigned from his job because he can’t in 'good conscience' marry same-sex couples.

On October 10, 2014, same-sex marriage in North Carolina became legal following a federal judge's ruling that the state's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were immediately issued marriage licenses, and on Monday, October 13, same-sex couples statewide began marrying.

October 17, 2014

Governor Matt Mead does not think state should appeal the ruling

A federal judge on Friday (17 October) struck down Wyoming's ban on gay marriage.

US District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl made the ruling then placed it on hold until next Thursday (23 October) in order to give state officials time to prepare an appeal.

But that may not even happen.

The state's Republican governor, Matt Mead (pictured, said at a debate Thursday (16 October) that the legal handwriting is on the wall.

October 17, 2014

The company's director says she will file a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee

A Kazakh court has upheld a fine imposed an advertising agency over a contraversial gay club poster.

The poster shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

A court in Almaty last month found Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan' and fined the company and director a total 314,000 tenge ($1,700).

The judge said, 'The court of the first instance gave the correct assessment based on available proof.'

October 17, 2014

High court rejects state's request for a stay with one line order

The US Supreme Court has weighed in on marriage equality in Alaska: same-sex marriages can resume.

The high court needed just one line to respond to the state's request for a stay on a judge's ruling this week which declared Alaska's ban in gay marriage unconstitutional.

The ruling issued Friday (17 October) stated: 'The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied.'

But marriages cannot not resume until Monday (20 October) because state offices are closed for Alaska Day.