“You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots,” an Immigration and Naturalization Service official wrote in 1975. The letter behind The Washington Post’s story of Anthony Sullivan’s marriage to Richard Adams.
A temporary hold on the marriages that a federal appeals court granted on Wednesday expires on Friday. [Update: Supreme Court denies Alaska’s stay request, bringing marriage equality to the state.]
Update: Following a morning order stopping same-sex couples from marrying in Idaho and Nevada, a second order from the justice only puts the Idaho ruling on hold.
With Monday’s nondecision decision, marriage equality is moving forward. What’s more, Justice Anthony Kennedy, as both the court’s key vote and guiding force on gay rights, created the path to end same-sex marriage bans nationwide.
Appeals court decision on “heightened scrutiny” for sexual orientation claims stands, LGBT rights group says. A decision about jury selection could prove to be the key to coming legal fights.
The past two months have seen nonstop legal movement across the country toward marriage equality. What is happening, why, and when is it going to be resolved?
“My goodness, I thought … we’ve held that the 14th Amendment ￼protects all races,” Justice Antonin Scalia said, as the justices consider whether a Michigan ban on affirmative action is constitutional. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg focused on the 14th Amendment’s aim at protecting against “political powerlessness,” but the final say is likely in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s hands.
Closely divided rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s recognition ban and ending California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment nonetheless signal a sea change. “Within five years, we will bring marriage equality to all 50 states in the U.S.,” HRC head says.
At least four Supreme Court justices appear to think not, signaling they would strike down DOMA’s marriage definition for being unequal treatment. Justice Anthony Kennedy also criticized the law, but focused on whether Congress had the authority to pass it.
The Supreme Court’s swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, had a lot to say today. Spoiler alert: Outcome unclear.
There is a lot happening. The cases and the stakes in 11 easy pieces.