“[I]t is as if the marriages never existed,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette argues.
Married same-sex couples and widowers in Ohio file the first of four petitions expected over the coming days asking the high court to resolve issues about marriage and marriage recognition. Update: Tennessee same-sex couples also filed their request with the Supreme Court on Friday, and couples in Michigan and Kentucky filed their requests on Monday.
Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have stopped them.
“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.]
Update: Couples from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee marriage cases all will be seeking Supreme Court review. BuzzFeed News talks with the lawyers for the same-sex couples in all four states’ cases.
6th Circuit Court of Appeals splits with other federal appeals courts, upholding Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee’s bans. The decision sets up a likely Supreme Court showdown over the issue.
“[T]he infringement of the fundamental right to marry … is unconstitutional in violation of the Due Process Clause to the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
“[T]he Court concludes that Kansas’ same-sex marriage ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.” No marriages immediately, as ruling is on hold until Nov. 11. [Update: Kansas attorney general will appeal the ruling.]
North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis is aiming to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan. [Update: NOM released a new TV ad for Tillis on Tuesday.]
In the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Cato Institute makes new arguments for limits on states’ rights in a brief filed in the Louisiana marriage case with the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center.
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 Nov. 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.