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Marriage equality gets its day in court

April 27, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"As the oral argument in the same-sex marriage cases nears, the smart money remains on a 5-4 decision upholding the right of individuals to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. In fact, under the surface, a lot of the briefing seems to be less about whether the Court will affirm marriage equality and more about how. If history is a guide, the Court will speak in oblique, even oracular terms. A strong, clear opinion would serve the nation better." (04/27/15)

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From Ireland to Indiana the spread of gay-marriage groupthink

April 8, 2015
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"What is striking is the extent to which the critics of gay marriage are now treated in a similar way that gays were treated for decades. Homosexuality wasn't decriminalised in Ireland until 1993 -- making you wonder where the Irish state gets off now posing as super-gay-friendly -- and before that gays were seen as a blot on the moral landscape. They were seen as psychologically disordered (not just in Ireland, but across the West) and their words and culture were often censored for fear that they would traumatise young people and tear the moral fabric. Sound familiar? Yes, the same is now done to those who hold traditional views on marriage and the family. In Ireland, as elsewhere, the illiberal, intolerant tactics once used against homosexuals have been turned against those who dare to criticise homosexual lifestyles." (04/08/15)

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Japan: Tokyo ward first to recognize same-sex marriage

March 31, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With a landmark vote Tuesday by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy youngsters became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the 'equivalent of a marriage,' guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples, including hospital visitations and apartment rentals." (03/31/15)

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AL: Federal judge won’t stay order requiring judge to do his job

March 17, 2015
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"A federal judge is not backing off her order to an Alabama probate judge that he must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade on Monday refused to stay her order to Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Granade in January ruled that Alabama's gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional and told Davis that he could not refuse licenses because of a couple's sexual orientation." (03/16/15)

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KY: Poll says majority of Kentuckians remain anti-marriage/anti-family/anti-freedom

March 13, 2015
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"Bucking the national trend, a majority of Kentuckians continues to oppose same-sex marriage, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll. Fifty-seven percent of registered voters told pollsters they opposed allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Kentucky, up slightly from two Bluegrass Polls last year. Thirty-three percent favored it, down slightly from last year, and 10 percent were not sure." (03/12/15)

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Oklahoma bill would legalize gay marriage. This apparently bothers Democrats and gays

March 12, 2015
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Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"Something remarkably libertarian has just happened in Oklahoma. The state's House of Representatives voted Tuesday to end government licensing of marriages. Doesn't that potentially sound amazing and liberating? The government of Oklahoma is essentially saying, 'Y'all work it out yourselves.' Sort of, anyway. Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell) introduced House Bill 1125 with the intent of getting county court clerks out of the duty to officiate marriage ceremonies. This was because some clerks have religious objections to gay marriage. What Russ did, though, was to make it so that citizens no longer need clerks for their marriages. They will instead file 'certificates of marriage' or file affidavits of common law marriage with the clerks after it's all done with. This puts the responsibility for officiating the ceremony on judges or various religious figures. And according to the bill, these certificates will stand as proof of marriage for Oklahoma law .... Which makes the opposition to the legislation from Democrats and gay activists a little strange, and their arguments a bit bonkers." (03/11/15)

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SC: Poll says Lindsey Graham for president is less popular in his own state than marriage freedom

March 5, 2015
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Charleston Post and Courier    

"If U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham heeds what South Carolina voters are saying in a new poll, he'll be sitting out the 2016 presidential race. ... Poll results released Wednesday by Winthrop University in Rock Hill once again show most South Carolinians -- six out of 10 -- say Graham should give up on exploring a White House bid. ... More than half of those who took part, nearly 53 percent, said they think marriages between same-sex couples should not be recognized by the law as valid." (03/04/15)

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Same-sex marriage is not enough: Separate marriage and state

March 4, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by James C Wilson  

"In a February 22 interview, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore discussed his reasons for nixing issuance of same-sex marriage licenses by probate judges in the state. 'You're taking any definition of a family away,' said Moore. He also expressed fear that bisexuals might 'marry two persons, one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex.' While permitting group marriages of this sort isn't currently under consideration at any level of government, there is no logical reason for a free society to forbid them. Nor is there reason why any of level of government should be involved in the marriage business at all." (03/03/15)

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AL: State Supreme Court orders reinstatement of marriage apartheid

March 4, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered probate judges to stop handing out same-sex marriage licenses. The ruling came about in reaction to case brought by the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, which asked 'for a clear judicial pronouncement that Alabama law prohibits the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.' ... Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned as unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade on Jan. 23." [editor's note: Roy Moore clearly wants to be the next George Wallace. Maybe Arthur Bremer could come out of retirement and lend a helping finger? - TLK] (03/03/15)

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NE: Federal judge overrules marriage apartheid law

March 2, 2015
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"A federal judge blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban on Monday, but the decision will not take effect for a week and the attorney general's office immediately appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska sued the state in November on behalf of seven same-sex couples challenging the ban, which passed with the approval of 70 percent of voters in 2000. In addition to prohibiting gay marriage, the ban also forbids civil unions and legalized domestic partnerships." (03/02/15)

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Now that we’ve extended marriage to all let’s not make it compulsory

February 24, 2015
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Recent years have seen significant changes in marriage: it's now essentially available to all potential pair couplings of whatever gender definition one wants to use. That doesn't therefore mean that it should become compulsory though. And yet that is roughly what is being proposed ..." (02/24/15)

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TX: Marriage apartheid ended for one couple

February 19, 2015
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Austin Chronicle    

"Early this morning, history was made as the first gay couple in Texas received a marriage license in Travis County. Austin residents, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, secured a temporary restraining order from Travis County District Judge David Wahlberg allowing Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir to grant them a lawful marriage. In a statement, the County notes the situation applies to a medically fragile couple -- Goodfriend suffers from ovarian cancer and her 'future remains uncertain,' according to court documents -- and any additional licenses must also be court ordered." (02/19/15)

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OK: House panel OKs bill to punish government employees who don’t enforce marriage apartheid

February 18, 2015
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Reuters    

"An Oklahoma bill to punish any local or state employee who issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples will be heading to a vote in the state House of Representatives after a committee approved the legislation this week. The bill is one of several in the Republican-dominated statehouse to impose restrictions on same-sex marriages that have been proposed after a U.S. federal judge last year ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The bill called the 'Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act' prohibits taxpayer funds, including government salaries, to be used for any activity that supports same-sex marriage. It also says that those who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples can be subject to removal from office." (02/18/15)

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AL: Federal judge orders county probate judge to issue marriage licenses

February 13, 2015
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ABC News    

"A federal judge ordered an Alabama judge today to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in his county. U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade has instructed Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. ... Robert Povilat and his partner Milton Persinger exchanged vows in the atrium of the probate office as the first of several couples to get their marriage license in Mobile County .... Same-sex couples married in some Alabama courthouses this week, but many counties refused to allow the unions despite rulings on Monday from a federal judge and the U.S. Supreme Court to permit them." (02/12/15)

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AL: Marriage freedom activists ask court to order local officials to do their jobs

February 11, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Attorneys for same-sex couples turned away from a marriage license office in Alabama asked a federal judge Tuesday to clarify that local officials must issue the permits. The legal action is the latest twist in a standoff with Alabama authorities defying a federal court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the state. The request on behalf of more than 10 couples came after a majority of probate judges in the state closed up shop Monday rather than issue the licenses." (02/10/15)

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AL: Marriage apartheid ends as SCOTUS declines stay

February 10, 2015
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Bradenton Herald    

"Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday, despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice -- an outspoken opponent -- to block the weddings. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday morning that it wouldn't stop the marriages from beginning in the state, and shortly after, Jefferson County probate judge Alan King issued several licenses. He did so despite Chief Justice Roy Moore's Sunday night order to all probate judges, directing them to refuse to issue the licenses." (02/09/15)

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AL: Marriage apartheid could end next week; Strange anti-family pol asks SCOTUS for stay

February 3, 2015
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Seymour Tribune    

"A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin Monday in Alabama, but the state's attorney general made a last-ditch attempt to keep the weddings on hold. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday refused to delay a district judge's decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage bans. That would appear to pave the way for Alabama to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed. ... Attorney General Luther Strange asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the weddings until the justices settle the issue nationwide when they take up gay marriage later this year. The attorney general predicted there will be 'unnecessary confusion' next week among local officials who issue marriage licenses absent a stay." [editor's note: Florida AG Pam Bondi tried the "confusion" argument, too. I'm not sure why county clerks would be "confused" by not having to peek inside trousers and up skirts before issuing the same paperwork they've issued for 150 years, give or take. If I was a county clerk I think I might be a little insulted that attorney generals think I'm that damn dumb - TLK] (02/03/15)

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Chile: Lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

January 29, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill's passage as 'a breakthrough that we are proud of as a government.'" (01/28/15)

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Did Supreme Court telegraph its ultimate ruling on gay marriage?

January 21, 2015
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"As any good lawyer knows, framing the question you ask a court is just as important — often more important — than providing a well-argued answer that helps your client. Well, when the Supreme Court, as expected, decided to take up gay marriage, it unexpectedly reframed the 'questions presented' in the four cases it took up and consolidated for argument. Instead of accepting any of the formulations presented in the four petitions for review, it asked the parties to brief these two questions: 1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?" (01/20/15)

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SCOTUS to rule on marriage apartheid

January 19, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage .... Now that 36 states and the District of Columbia, holding about three-fourths of the country's population, permit same-sex marriages, legal experts believe the high court is ready to settle the matter once and for all. Faced with a split in the appellate courts, the justices will hear 2 1/2 hours of oral arguments in April and issue a ruling before the court term ends in June." (01/16/15)

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MI: Federal judge says no to ex post facto invalidation of 300 marriages

January 15, 2015
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Detroit News    

"The state must recognize about 300 same-sex marriages, a federal judge ordered Thursday, saying the unions are constitutionally protected. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith's ruling comes two months after a federal appeals court ruling upheld Michigan's ban on gay marriage that invalidated the unions of 300 same-sex couples who received marriage licenses in March. It also comes a day before the U.S. Supreme Court was expected to announce whether it will take up a Michigan case challenging the state's gay marriage ban." (01/15/15)

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SCOTUS rejects Louisiana marriage apartheid case, takes no action on four others

January 12, 2015
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Reuters    

"The U.S. Supreme Court, which is in the midst of deciding whether to take up the issue of gay marriage, on Monday declined to take an early look at a challenge to Louisiana's state ban. The court took no action on four other pending cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, but could act on those cases as soon as later this week. The decision not to hear the Louisiana case was not unexpected as gay rights advocates had sought to skip the regular judicial process by seeking Supreme Court review before the case had been decided by an appeals court." (01/12/15)

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SCOTUS to meet again to decide on hearing marriage apartheid appeals

January 8, 2015
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Reuters    

"The nine justices of the Supreme Court, who opted in October not to take up the issue of state bans on gay marriage, are set to meet behind closed doors on Friday to consider once again whether to hear any cases on the contentious issue. The court has five cases pending concerning same-sex marriage prohibitions in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Louisiana. The legal issue is whether the state bans violate the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. An announcement could be made as soon as Friday after the justices meet as part of their customary private deliberations over which new cases to hear." (01/08/15)

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FL: Couples wed across state as marriage apartheid ends

January 6, 2015
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USA Today    

"Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight Monday, and officials expecting big crowds at local courthouses were not disappointed. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle's ruling Monday that Florida's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional took effect in all 67 counties. Florida's attorney general, Pam Bondi, is still pursuing state and federal appeals seeking to uphold the ban voters approved in 2008, but her effort to block these weddings until the courts finally rule was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court." (01/06/15)

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FL: Marriage apartheid ends in Miami-Dade before the rest of the state

January 5, 2015
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Miami Herald    

"Miami-Dade County became the first place in Florida to allow same-sex couples to marry on Monday, half a day before a gay-marriage ban that has been ruled unconstitutional is lifted in the rest of the state. In an 11 a.m. hearing, Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel lifted the legal stay she had placed on her sweeping July decision declaring the ban discriminatory. 'In the big picture, does it really matter whether or not I lift the stay or leave it until tomorrow?' she said from the bench. 'I'm lifting the stay.' The elected clerk of courts, Harvey Ruvin, at first said same-sex marriages would begin at 2 p.m. But once his office received a signed copy of Zabel's two-page order at noon, he said couples could apply for marriage licenses immediately." (01/05/15)

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