“[M]arriage is strengthened … by providing access to civil marriage for same-sex couples,” the officials argue.
Shifting ground on a hot issue.
Legal advocacy groups and big-name lawyers all want to be the ones who bring their case to the Supreme Court in order to argue for nationwide marriage equality.
The case is set to be heard in the appeals court on April 10.
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?
“We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect,” the judge wrote.
A couple of gentlemen in super-sharp suits had their nuptials in Manhattan this morning, despite the winter storm pounding the city.
The Democratic attorney general says “the legal landscape” has changed, and the Republican governor’s office says that the constitutional amendment “is no longer defensible in court.”
Government default will be to recognize a same-sex couple’s marriage if it was valid in the place the marriage was celebrated.
“[I]n every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States — they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections, and rights as opposite-sex marriages under federal law,” Attorney General Eric Holder is set to say tonight.
About 800 people gathered at the state capitol in Salt Lake City Tuesday for two separate rallies over marriage for same-sex couples.
Exemption could apply to those who are terminally ill and/or about to leave on military service.
Evan Wolfson talks with BuzzFeed about “setting the stage for a successful return to the Supreme Court.” He and his group, Freedom to Marry, are focused on making sure the justices and other decision-makers across the country know the debate is over.
A survey of 600 Utahns conducted from January 10–13 by SurveyUSA for The Salt Lake Tribune found the state was evenly split on their views about marriage for same-sex couples.
“The Court holds that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” the judge decided. The ruling is on hold pending any appeal.
“[I]t’s interesting when you’ve been in love with someone for 21 years and your country finally catches up to you,” the New York representative says of his Christmas Day engagement.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility—even when we disagree,” reads a statement from Church leaders.
“It’s a civil rights issue,” one speaker said at the rally.
“[F]or purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Attorney General Eric Holder says.
The New York Times first posted this video of two men who had been together since the Vietnam War, adopted a baby, became grandfathers, and finally got married.
After the opposition from some of my Latter-day Saint friends to the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA and Prop 8, I assumed there would be a similar reaction following Utah’s marriage ruling. Instead, there’s been silence.
Although the Utah governor and attorney general attempted to clarify the situation for the couples on Wednesday, the questions — and, likely, lawsuits — are just beginning.
“We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith.”
From nine to 18 states with marriage equality — with a Supreme Court win that changed the federal government’s treatment of those marriages in June — 2013 was a year of dramatic wins that began the march to the end of the marriage equality project.
“A fundamental purpose of marriage … is to situate heterosexual passion,” Monte Stewart wrote in 2008. Ten days after a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on marriage of same-sex couples, an outside lawyer is reportedly helping the state to stop same-sex couples from marrying.
The head of the Human Rights Campaign tweeted “thanks” to the Utah Attorney General’s Office — which is defending the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying — on Thursday night. “He’s owed our thanks for his general incompetence,” an HRC staffer said of the acting attorney general.
A Christmas Eve order from the 10th Circuit. Update: State officials say they will ask the Supreme Court to step in.
With no decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals at the end of the day Monday, more same-sex couples will be heading to clerks’ offices Tuesday to get married.
Several counties say they’re waiting to hear from the 10th Circuit before they move forward with issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Update: Three of the remaining counties announced Thursday they would begin issuing licenses.