“Michigan’s definition of marriage is based, as the public institution has been for millennia, on the fact that children are born only to opposite-sex couples,” lawyers for the state tell the justices. Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee lawyers also filed briefs defending similar bans on Friday.
The nonbinding vote isn’t expected to create new law — but it’s a notable insight into a party in flux as the Supreme Court considers making nationwide marriage equality a reality this summer.
Aisha Moodie-Mills to take the helm at the Victory Fund and Institute. In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News, Moodie-Mills talks about working to bring change to the organization.
Three of the more liberal justices would have heard Lester Leroy Bower’s appeal: “[T]he error here is glaring, and its consequence may well be death.”
After two decades together, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur married in 2013, as Arthur was dying from ALS. Ohio doesn’t recognize their marriage. Next month, the Supreme Court will decide if it must.
A case challenging the ban is pending at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.
Missouri opposed “Walter Storey’s Motion for a Stay of Execution” on Tuesday night at the Supreme Court. But Storey was executed on Feb. 11 — and Cecil Clayton is set to be executed tonight.
Cecil Clayton’s attorneys said he was not competent for execution because he lost 20% of his frontal lobe after a sawmill accident in 1972.
While state officials have announced who will be presenting the defense of same-sex marriage bans to the justices, lawyers for the plaintiffs have proposed splitting the arguments among the four legal teams. The marriage equality side also has not named who will be arguing on April 28.
A federal judge refuses to put an order striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages on hold. Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis now faces a federal declaration that the ban is unconstitutional — and an Alabama Supreme Court order that his office not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Justice Department is seeking to lift a judge’s ruling that blocked President Obama’s actions to defer the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants during legal proceedings about the constitutionality of those actions.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Justice in Aging filed suit against the Social Security Administration Tuesday on behalf of same-sex spouses being told to repay SSA’s overpayments.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen turns down Justice Department request to issue ruling by “close of business” on Monday.
“There is no adequate justification for such a discriminatory and injurious exercise of state power,” the Obama administration urges the Supreme Court. More than 200 congressional Democrats also weigh in to support marriage equality.
Discharges based on a soldier being transgender must now be approved by the assistant secretary of the Army.
Groups seek order forcing officials across the state “to issue marriage licenses without regard to the sexual orientation or gender of the applicants.” [Update: The state’s attorney general opposes the request.]
Trial court ruling striking down Nebraska’s marriage ban is on hold during the state’s appeal.
The majority of the justices expressed concern with the consequences of the argument that subsidies under Obamacare are not available under the federal exchange.
“Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman,” the Alabama Supreme Court states, reaching its own conclusion about the constitutionality of the state’s marriage ban.
The months-long investigation in the wake of Michael Brown’s death is expected to be released as soon as Wednesday, a law enforcement source told BuzzFeed News. The coming report finds that police conduct in Ferguson routinely violates the Constitution and federal law.