As same-sex marriages begin in Wyoming this week, Judy Shepard speaks to BuzzFeed News about the changes that have occurred since she lost her son, Matthew Shepard, to a hate crime.
“Traditional marriage is exclusively [an] opposite-sex institution,” a federal judge rules. U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez dismissed a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages.
Wyoming’s attorney general filed notice on Tuesday morning that he will not appeal last week’s decision that the state cannot bar same-sex couples from marrying. Wyoming becomes the 32nd state, plus Washington, D.C., with marriage equality.
It rebukes international reporting, “Nowhere did I suggest that Hillsong supported gay marriage.”
[Update: Wyoming will not appeal; Attorney General Patrick Michael says marriage will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday.]
Judge also refuses to put his ruling on hold during any possible appeal. [Update: Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will not appeal, says clerks “can issue licenses for same sex marriages immediately.” ]
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.]
Changes to the English translation of the interim report from the Synod on the Family is the latest sign of the depth of the backlash in Rome.
Shorten’s time to stand up on LGBT issues.
“By the power vested in me by the state of Idaho, I now pronounce you…”
The status of same-sex couples’ marriage rights is changing daily. BuzzFeed News will be updating this map as changes warrant to give everyone an up-to-the-minute view of what the latest marriage news means. [Updated as of Oct. 21.]
The lawyer for the coalition that backed Nevada’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages made the explosive claim in a filing asking the Nevada marriage case to be reheard by the appeals court.
After a Friday ruling from the Supreme Court denying Idaho’s request to put the marriage ruling on hold, the governor continues to fight — but the attorney general takes a different approach. [Update: Marriages to start Wednesday, 9th Circuit rules.]
A U.S. District Court judge said Sunday that Alaska’s refusal to recognize the existing marriages of same-sex couples is a violation of constitutional rights. Update: The state is appeal the ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn issued the friday afternoon order.
“[T]he court hereby permanently enjoins the state of Nevada … from enforcing any constitutional provision, statute, regulation or policy preventing otherwise qualified same-sex couples from marrying ….”
“West Virginia will uphold the law according to these rulings,” governor says.
After upholding Nevada’s ban on marriages for same-sex couples in 2012, Judge Robert C. Jones ended his involvement in the case on Wednesday morning.
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.
Nicole Pries, 42, and Lindsey Oliver, 30, of Richmond are reportedly the first couple get marriage licenses in Virginia.
The decision not to decide brings marriage equality to Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Utah — with more to come. [Update: Colorado attorney general says today’s decision means marriage equality will come to that state in short order as well.]
The justices still haven’t said what they’re doing on two big issues: marriage and Obamacare. Several other big cases — from workplace discrimination disputes to the future of the Fair Housing Act — are already set to be heard by the court.
Justin Anderson, a self-described 22-year-old Mormon and LGBT ally, told BuzzFeed News he has no regrets and will speak out for LGBT rights in Utah again. “If I don’t stand up for someone’s rights, then who am I to ask someone to stand up for me when I need it?”
The justices could — and would have good reasons to — ask for the administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer to weigh in on the same-sex marriage cases.
Though same-sex couples cannot legally marry there, some Wisconsin judges believe that adoption, in the meantime, shouldn’t be a hurdle for LGBT families.
All hail the reigning queen of New York Fashion Week.
Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation that has marriage equality for same-sex couples, but lacks basic LGBT nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations. And advocates say that likely won’t change any time soon.
The justices will be considering seven different petitions to hear marriage appeals at their first conference of the year.