The decision striking down Alabama’s 2006 ban on same-sex couples’ marriages goes into effect immediately. [Update: Alabama’s attorney general has asked the trial court judge to put his ruling on hold while the Supreme Court considers the same-sex marriage issue in other cases this spring.]
The move comes a week after a majority of the court voted to allow an execution in the state to proceed.
A long-awaited argument brought surprising questions from Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that 7 in 10 Americans call home,” the president said.
A majority of the court already has made the outcome of the same-sex marriage showdown — nationwide marriage equality — almost certain.
A decision in the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee cases, expected by late June, could lead to the end of such bans across the country. [Update: The Obama administration will “urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans.”]
Charles Warner, who raped and killed his roommate’s 11-month-old daughter, was executed tonight. Additionally, Florida executed Johnny Kormondy for a 1993 murder.
The ruling is on holding pending any appeal from the state.
The justices turned down Louisiana same-sex couples’ request to skip over the appeals court and take their case directly, but they had no word on the cases out of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Update: Justices will consider again on Friday whether to hear Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and/or Tennessee marriage cases.]
An out gay New York Times reporter suggested a Hollywood actor is closeted on the same night an out gay Hollywood actor won a Golden Globe for portraying a closeted New York Times reporter.
After oral arguments about Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas’ bans on marriages for same-sex couples, the 5th Circuit of Appeals looks likely to strike the laws down.
The nation’s largest LGBT rights group takes on the high-end department store over a conflict between the store’s policies and a legal position it is taking against transgender employment protections. [Update: The company won’t say if it stands by the December court filing.]
A three-judge panel struggled Wednesday with a law the court saw as having troubling provisions — and a lower court’s order stopping enforcement of those provisions that the appeals court saw as being too broad.
The rest of the state gets marriage equality on Jan. 6, but, following a state judge’s ruling on Monday, same-sex couples are marrying in Miami-Dade County.
Judge puts clerks on notice that if they don’t start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next week he is prepared to order them to do so.
Four inmates in Oklahoma are set to be executed in the first three months of 2015. The inmates’ lawyer says they will continue to fight to stop the scheduled executions.
“The [Tennessee case plaintiffs’] petition will be considered at the Court’s January 9 conference, along with … petitions filed by the plaintiffs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana,” an advocate tells BuzzFeed News.
A late Friday order from the Supreme Court means same-sex couples are expected to be able to marry beginning Jan. 6.
“I have determined that the best reading of Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Attorney General Eric Holder writes.