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FL: SCOTUS declines to keep marriage apartheid in place

December 21, 2014
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"Florida appears set to recognize same-sex marriages on January 6, after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to further delay a lower court's finding that the state's ban on the unions is unconstitutional. The high court Friday night, without explanation, rejected the Florida attorney general's request to intervene. A U.S. District judge in Florida had ruled in August the state's ban was unconstitutional but stayed the ruling to allow for appeals." (12/20/14)

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FL: Bondi asks SCOTUS to keep marriage apartheid in place because “confusion”

December 17, 2014
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Tampa Bay Times    

"Less than two weeks after a federal court refused to temporarily block gay marriages from taking place, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede. ... Because only one clerk of court is named in the federal lawsuit, she said, the other 66 Florida county clerks are not legally bound by the judge's order and could make vastly different decisions. 'The public interest is not served by having two sets of marriage laws in Florida or by confusion about the law,' she wrote. American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Daniel Tilley said there's no validity to this argument. The August decision by U.S. Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Tallahassee applies to all of Florida's clerks, as well as its state government officials, he said." (12/16/14)

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Ireland: Government plans May vote on ending marriage apartheid

December 16, 2014
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Prime Minister Enda Kenny says Ireland's voters will be asked to legalize gay marriage, a government-backed measure that reflects rapid social change in the predominantly Catholic nation. Kenny told lawmakers Tuesday that the government would subject its planned Marriage Equality Bill to a public referendum in May, though a precise date has not been selected. The vote is needed to amend the family section of Ireland's 77-year-old constitution." (12/16/14)

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Federal judges overturn marriage apartheid in Arkansas, Mississippi

November 26, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals. ... A spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said McDaniel was reviewing the ruling and would decide after the Thanksgiving holiday whether to appeal in consultation with Republican Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge in Arkansas. Mississippi officials had already said they planned to appeal any ruling that overturned the law." (11/25/14)

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MT: Federal judge overturns marriage apartheid law

November 20, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state gay marriage ban in Montana, one of the last states to continue defending its ban despite rulings in favor of same-sex marriage from appeals courts that oversee them. At least two counties — Missoula and Park -- started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples soon after, while court clerks elsewhere in the state geared up to do so Thursday." (11/19/14)

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SC: Marriage apartheid ends with issuance of first same-sex licenses

November 19, 2014
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Deseret News    

"A judge issued the first gay marriage licenses in South Carolina on Wednesday, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the unions. Judge Irvin Condon's office handed out six licenses .... One of those was given to Colleen Condon and her partner Nichols Bleckley, who sued in federal court in to be married [sec]. In that case, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel last week threw out the same-sex marriage ban in the South Carolina Constitution. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused Tuesday to put Gergel's order on hold." (11/19/14)

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KS: SCOTUS declines to extend marriage apartheid

November 13, 2014
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Topeka Capital-Journal    

"Same-sex marriage came to Kansas Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to further delay the unions. The court lifted a stay preventing the marriages late Wednesday afternoon, allowing clerks to begin issuing licenses immediately. The court’s decision came in a one-page order. Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas dissented. No explanation of the ruling was given. With the order, Kansas became the 33rd state with same-sex marriage." (11/12/14)

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SC: Judge strikes down marriage apartheid law, AG plans anti-marriage appeal

November 12, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"A federal judge in South Carolina on Wednesday struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that joins a string of decisions that have legalized gay and lesbian nuptials in many states. South Carolina Atty. Gen. Alan Wilson quickly announced he will appeal the ruling. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Mark Gergel in Charleston, S.C., ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violated individual rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Gergel stayed his ruling until Nov. 20. Couples will not be allowed to wed until then." (11/12/14)

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Screw the Constitution declares 6th Circuit

November 10, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The Court, in a 2 to 1 decision, gutted well reasoned lower court rulings in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky holding that statutes in those states which ban same sex marriage are unconstitutional violations of equal protection of the law. They upheld the statutes saying that social issues such as whether gays have the right to marry should be up to the voters through the democratic process, not the courts. It’s the first federal appeals court to uphold state bans against gay marriage since the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013." (11/09/14)

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Appeals court upholds marriage apartheid laws in four states

November 7, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states Thursday afternoon, creating a split among the nation’s appeals courts that almost surely means the Supreme Court must take up the issue of whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. ... The decision overturned rulings in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky, and makes the 6th Circuit the first appeals court to uphold state bans since the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act." (11/06/14)

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Federal judge: Kansas marriage apartheid law unconstitutional

November 4, 2014
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Kansas City Star    

"Kansas same-sex couples took one step closer to the altar Tuesday when a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing its ban on their marriages. U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree wrote in his 38-page order that he was bound by a federal appeals court opinion holding such bans to be unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court later allowed that decision to stand. Same-sex couples cannot get their licenses just yet, however. Crabtree said his injunction would not take effect until 5 p.m. Nov. 11. It could take effect sooner if state lawyers tell him they will not appeal his order to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Crabtree wrote." (11/04/14)

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Egypt: Court convicts eight for participating in wedding

November 2, 2014
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Fox News    

"An Egyptian court has convicted eight men for 'inciting debauchery' following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison. The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. In September, a statement from the office of Egypt's chief prosecutor said the video clip was 'shameful to God' and 'offensive to public morals.'" (11/01/14)

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Puerto Rico: Federal judge upholds marriage apartheid law

October 22, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker vs. Nelson, a 1971 case in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota, the Supreme Court bound all lower courts to assume bans on same-sex marriage do not violate the Constitution." (10/21/14)

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Wyoming becomes latest state to end marriage apartheid

October 21, 2014
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ABC News    

"Wyoming has become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions. State lawyers filed a legal notice Tuesday morning that said they won't defend a recently overturned Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, meaning county clerks can begin to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and the state will recognize same-sex unions performed legally elsewhere." (10/21/14)

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The right wing screams for the wambulance over gay marriage ruling

October 15, 2014
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Walter Olson  

"When the Supreme Court last week declined to rule on lower court rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage, the familiar cries from the right over judicial activism were just the start. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said he hoped state officials would defy the federal courts, and threatened to leave the Republican Party unless it did more to resist gay marriage. The dean of Liberty University’s law school foresaw the 'end of western civilization.' Then there was Matthew Franck at National Review, who described the series of marriage cases as 'a slow-motion Dred Scott for the 21st century.'" (10/13/14)

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AK: Federal judge overturns oldest US marriage apartheid law

October 13, 2014
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CNN    

"In 1998, Alaska became the first of two states to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. On Sunday, a federal judge overturned the 16-year ban, saying the Constitution guarantees equal protection to all. The judge's ruling makes Alaska the latest state where gay and lesbian couples can legally marry. ... [Anti-family public officials say they] will appeal." (10/13/14)

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NV: Kennedy’s order preserving marriage apartheid was in error

October 9, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy mistakenly blocked the start of same-sex marriage in Nevada in an order that spawned confusion among state officials and disappointment in couples hoping to be wed. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed this mix-up Thursday, saying Kennedy's order issued a day earlier was an error that the justice corrected with a second order several hours later. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco declared bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada illegal on Tuesday. Idaho quickly asked the Supreme Court for a delay, but Nevada planned to allow same-sex weddings to proceed. The trouble arose because Idaho's request to the court included a document from the appeals court that listed case numbers for both states." (10/09/14)

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No local option on gay marriage

October 9, 2014
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Of the 44 state and federal rulings addressing [same-sex marriage] since Windsor, all but two have said such bans are unconstitutional. The reasoning varies, as does the level of scrutiny applied by the courts, but a consistent theme is that refusing to recognize gay marriages imposes substantial harm that is not justified by any plausible benefit. That may sound like a policy judgment, and it is. But the rationale for having courts make the call is that bans on gay marriage restrict a fundamental right and entail discrimination that implicates the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection. In other words, like freedom of religion or the right to arms, this is not an issue that should be left to the discretion of state legislators or voters. It is a constitutional exception to federalism." (10/08/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/10/08/no-local-option-on-gay-marriage  

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Kennedy: Marriage apartheid can continue in Idaho, Nevada

October 8, 2014
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Portland Press Herald    

"Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada. Kennedy’s order came a little more than an hour after Idaho filed an emergency request for an immediate stay and about 10 minutes before the state said that state and county officials would otherwise have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The order also applies to Nevada, where marriage licenses to same-sex couples were going to start to be issued later Wednesday." (10/08/14)

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LA: Judge rules state’s marriage apartheid law unconstitutional

September 23, 2014
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United Press International    

"A district court judge in Lafayette, La. ruled Monday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. District Judge Edward Rubin ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by a same-sex couple asking their California marriage be legally recognized in the state. Although the ruling will not be public record until Tuesday morning, the state's Attorney General's Office said it has already filed an appeal." (09/23/14)

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The new marriage and conscience

September 4, 2014
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by John Kersey  

"Couples who cohabit have already had to evolve private contracts that serve as alternatives to civil marriage, on whatever terms they may agree. It seems that those who hold religious beliefs that do not equate homosexual partnerships with heterosexual marriage may now be compelled to do likewise." (09/04/14)

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LA: Federal judge upholds marriage apartheid law, nullifies US Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause

September 3, 2014
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Dallas Morning News    

"A federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, a rare loss for gay marriage supporters who had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also upheld the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. His ruling was the first to uphold a state ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year." (09/03/14)

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FL: Federal judge strikes down state’s marriage apartheid law

August 22, 2014
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USA Today    

"A federal judge declared Florida's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Thursday, but he delayed allowing county clerks to issue licenses, pending appeals. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, sitting in Tallahassee, ruled that the 2008 voter-approved measure defining marriage as only between one man and one woman violated the Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process." (08/21/14)

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VA: Anti-family group asks SCOTUS to delay end of marriage apartheid

August 14, 2014
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Daily Press    

"Opponents of same-sex marriage filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to delay the implementation of a Norfolk federal judge's ruling that gay marriage in Virginia must be allowed. The Alliance Defending Freedom [sic], an Arizona-based Christian rights [sic] organization, asked Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to stay the ruling's mandate until the larger case is heard by the high court on appeal." (08/14/14)

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VA: Federal judges refuse to stay decision ending marriage apartheid

August 13, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A federal appeals court panel refused to stay its decision striking Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, which means the unions could start next week absent further judicial action. Opponents of the [decision] said they will ask the Supreme Court to stay the decision before marriages could start Aug. 20. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit on July 28 struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of such marriages performed in states where it is legal." (08/13/14)

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