“Sometimes we just come across as too damned self-righteous, and I’m sorry, that’s just not the 21st century political party GOP that I think we need to govern America,” Ridge says. He plans to make the case for a more broad approach in addressing the LGBT group, Log Cabin Republicans, Wednesday night.
Activists are angry, but GOP elites are praising Christie’s step away from culture war. “I mean, he’s a rare guy who’s been able to appeal to people with sincerely held beliefs on both sides of this issue.”
The Republican governor gives up the fight to appeal marriage equality less than 12 hours after same-sex couples wed for the first time in the state. The decision left “no ambiguity about the unanimous court’s view,” Christie’s office says.
At midnight couples began exchanging vows in New Jersey as the state became the 14th to recognize marriage equality. Later Monday, Gov. Chris Christie asked the attorney general to withdraw the state’s appeal of the ruling in favor of marriage equality.
Nine immigration-rights groups lost Catholic grant money after joining a coalition that supports same-sex marriage. Joining the coalition violated the contract they signed which requires groups to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The senator-elect is slated to marry the couples in the wake of a trial-court ruling requiring marriage equality in the Garden State. The only question is whether the New Jersey Supreme Court will put same-sex couples’ weddings on hold while it considers an appeal of the case.
Virginia has become a battleground for lawyers from multiple legal organizations and major law firms aiming to take a marriage equality case back to the Supreme Court.
“Defendants’ motion for a stay is DENIED.”
Because it kind of seems like the groundbreaking gay characters on Modern Family do. Here’s some extremely suggestive data.
Labor Department announces that same-sex couples’ marriages will be recognized under ERISA, regardless of whether the couples’ home states recognize their marriage.
Yeah, science! Or perhaps not.
Without marriage equality in Illinois, Robert Smith and his partner, Steven Rynes, who died Sept. 10, at age 32, could not be married in their home state. The Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition hopes its renewed campaign to pass marriage equality legislation will get a jumpstart with this video about their story — and lead to a vote this fall.
“Texas may not violate the federal civil rights of eligible spouses of military personnel,” the lawyer for an LGBT legal group writes. The group is asking the Texas Military Forces to reverse their decision on the issue in the next 10 days.
Brad Clark is leaving Colorado’s LGBT rights group to help the national organization with advancing its issues in states where they are lagging. “[M]y married friends in Iowa can literally get on a plane and, when they land in another state, their family is no longer recognized,” Clark says.
My face hurts from watching this video.
Since July, 174 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples. But according to the judge, such actions violate the state marriage law. Update: NOM responds, asks governor to invalidate licenses.
The Pentagon won’t confirm the recognition being granted to same-sex couples at Kirtland Air Force Base. “We can’t have one base recognizing them and the rest of the [Department of Defense] not doing so,” an LGBT advocate says.
“[C]ontinued enforcement of the Title 38 provisions pending further judicial review is unwarranted,” Attorney General Eric Holder says.
“I took a position [to support marriage equality] … because I concluded in my conscience—through an informed conscience, a Christian conscience—that it was the right thing to do,” says the prime minister, who faces re-election September 7.
She will be the first Supreme Court member to conduct a same-sex wedding ceremony.
“Title 38 is unconstitutional under rational basis scrutiny.”
“[T]his is just going to prompt more litigation,” one LGBT legal advocate says.
“This ruling also assures legally married same-sex couples that they can move freely throughout the country knowing that their federal filing status will not change,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says.
Title 38 of the U.S. Code bars equal treatment for same-sex spouses — although lawsuits and legislation are pending that would change that. “We can’t tolerate this type of discrimination,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki backs her bill to change the law.
Prohibitions on same-sex couples marrying in the state “are unconstitutional and unenforceable,” Judge Alan Malott ruled Monday.
Plus Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a horse-drawn carriage, and Legos.
New Jersey governor to sign bill banning so-called “conversion therapy.” “We hope that his realization, that there is nothing wrong with our LGBT youth … will lead to a further evolution,” an advocate says of Christie’s prior veto of a marriage equality bill.
From Jason Collins and Anderson Cooper to the rise of all-digital TV series, showrunner and star Brad Bell, exec. producer Jane Espenson, and costar Sean Hemeon discuss how their small-scaled show has made an enormous impact.
For a same-sex couple legally married in Massachusetts, who live in Texas and “meet all other factors of entitlement,” the Social Security Administration told employees Friday, “Hold the claim.”
Let’s revel in the first gay wedding on TV after DOMA was struck down.