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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.
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.
“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.
Trial court ruling striking down Nebraska’s marriage ban is on hold during the state’s appeal.
For the second time, Ken Mehlman is leading a Supreme Court brief in support of marriage equality. The signatories include a number of officials from Romney’s 2012 campaign.
Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were granted the right to marry by a judge this morning. The Travis County county clerk’s office said that it will not issue additional marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [Update: The Texas Supreme Court issued a stay of two marriage-related orders.]
Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay denied by the Supreme Court on Monday morning. [Update: Multiple counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will not take any action to stop them from doing so.]
Fewer than 50-percent of voters cast ballots in Saturday’s vote, which means the proposal cannot become law under the country’s voting rules.
“[W]e will follow the law and extend state marriage benefits to those couples,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says. The move doesn’t change the state’s defense of the state’s marriage ban at the Supreme Court.
A federal appeals court refused to issue a stay in the Alabama same-sex marriage cases, meaning couples should be able to marry there Feb. 9. [Update: Alabama’s attorney general is asking the Supreme Court to intervene.]
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.]
“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.
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.]
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 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.
“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.
Two states are now on board seeking review from the justices, as same-sex couples wait to see what the court does with the cases.
“This court joins the vast majority of federal courts to conclude that same-sex couples and the children they raise are equal before the law.” The decision is on hold for 14 days. [Update: The state is appealing the ruling and is seeking a stay pending that appeal.]
Ruling is put on hold pending any appeal from the state.
“Given the importance of the issue … Michigan does not oppose review by” the Supreme Court. State asks justices to uphold constitutionality of Michigan’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages.
The National Organization for Marriage is still fighting a marriage case that, for most people, ended more than six months ago.
“[I]t is as if the marriages never existed,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette argues.
Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have stopped them.
The pair were married at a ceremony in St. Petersburg attended by numerous LGBT rights activists.
“We were married, not married, married, not married,” Sophy Jesty says of her fight to force Tennessee to recognize her marriage to Val Tanco. “Right now, our family remains legally divided.”
A second ruling in the state this week. [Update: Same-sex couples are marrying Friday in Jackson County, Missouri.]