Absent further action, same-sex couples will be able to marry in Virginia starting next week.
Cases challenging bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee likely will come down to Judge Jeffrey Sutton’s vote. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, on which Sutton sits, heard the cases Wednesday.
“Every win in court brings us closer than we’ve ever been to the freedom to marry in Florida,” said Nadine Smith of Equality Florida in a statement after the ruling, which applies to the state’s Broward County.
“I have always wanted to become a wife to the woman whom I truly and desperately love, and a mommy to our children.”
BuzzFeed LGBT editor Saeed Jones joins journalists Steven Thrasher and Dave Tuller to discuss sex, gay men, and what we are (and aren’t) doing. “Marriage and wedding registries are much easier to talk about than fucking.”
VOZ, a Portland nonprofit, lost $75,000 in funding because it is allied with NCLR, a national Latino organization that supports marriage equality.
The ruling only applies to Florida’s Monroe County, and orders the clerk there to begin issuing licenses no sooner than July 22.
The judge issued a stay on his ruling, so marriages will not be able to take place under the ruling immediately.
An unusual move in the marriage equality legal fight.
After he played Emmett on the iconic gay series Queer as Folk, Peter Paige co-created The Fosters, about a family with two moms. Now behind the camera, he reflects on how much things have changed.
The fact that Vatican City is just a walk across the bridge from Italy’s Parliament goes a long way to explain why Italy is still the only nation in Western Europe with no partnership rights for same-sex couples — but that may be about to change.
“As things currently stand, nobody can be happy.” The state’s attorney general is locked in a fight against a county clerk.
“These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such,” the judge said in his opinion.
Even on a federal level, legal difficulties remain for couples living in states that don’t recognize same-sex couples’ marriages. One year after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, Obama administration readies push to tie up loose ends.
“Republicans ought to treat people as they are…”
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee on Aug. 6.
Ruling comes after a week of marriages — and confusion.
“Don’t our opinions matter to you?”
The judge held off on issuing an injunction stopping enforcement of the ban until at least June 16. [Update: Some counties are marrying couples immediately, but the state’s attorney general is trying to stop that and the judge will consider that request in a hearing Monday afternoon.]
“It is unassailable logic” that a ban on same-sex couples marrying “represents an assault on the principle of equality of people,” via the Jamaica Gleaner.
“A stay is urgently needed,” opponents of same-sex couples’ marriage rights argue to Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“Marriage between homosexuals seems to me perfectly acceptable.”
After Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced he would let a ruling stand that brought marriage equality to the state, Ridge came to his defense. “[I]t’s not going to go over very well with some people in the party,” Ridge says of the decision.
Same-sex couples married in Oregon on Monday immediately after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on such marriages is unconstitutional.
State officials have said they will not appeal the ruling. Judge’s order is effective immediately.
UPDATE: Turns out the recording is from last year, but it still rules. The wrestling legend and proud Texan had some choice (NSFW) words for religious critics of marriage equality.
Jo Becker’s book, Forcing the Spring, is a dangerous draft of history.
Statewide LGBT group teams up with Roberta Kaplan, who defended Edith Windsor in her challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, to fight Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights paid the lawyers who successfully ended California’s Proposition 8 about $6.4 million for their work. “When you look at the way it played out, I just don’t personally believe there’s any question whatsoever that it was a very smart use of funds,” AFER’s head says — but not everyone agrees.
Coloradans Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd have been together for more than 30 years — but can’t marry. They watched Thursday’s oral arguments in the case over Utah’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages.