The decision striking down Alabama’s 2006 ban on same-sex couples’ marriages goes into effect immediately. [Update: Alabama’s attorney general has asked the trial court judge to put his ruling on hold while the Supreme Court considers the same-sex marriage issue in other cases this spring.]
“I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that 7 in 10 Americans call home,” the president said.
A decision in the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee cases, expected by late June, could lead to the end of such bans across the country. [Update: The Obama administration will “urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans.”]
The ruling is on holding pending any appeal from the state.
The justices turned down Louisiana same-sex couples’ request to skip over the appeals court and take their case directly, but they had no word on the cases out of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. [Update: Justices will consider again on Friday whether to hear Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and/or Tennessee marriage cases.]
After oral arguments about Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas’ bans on marriages for same-sex couples, the 5th Circuit of Appeals looks likely to strike the laws down.
Two decades ago, Jeb Bush wrote there should be no special rights for LGBT people. “This opinion editorial from 20 years ago does not reflect Gov. Bush’s views now, nor would he use this terminology today,” a spokeswoman said.
The rest of the state gets marriage equality on Jan. 6, but, following a state judge’s ruling on Monday, same-sex couples are marrying in Miami-Dade County.
Judge puts clerks on notice that if they don’t start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next week he is prepared to order them to do so.
“The [Tennessee case plaintiffs’] petition will be considered at the Court’s January 9 conference, along with … petitions filed by the plaintiffs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana,” an advocate tells BuzzFeed News.
A late Friday order from the Supreme Court means same-sex couples are expected to be able to marry beginning Jan. 6.
Science published the results of a study Thursday that finds gay people coming out while advocating for same-sex marriage dramatically increases lasting support.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Florida’s request to issue a stay pending its appeal. “The stay … expires at the end of the day on January 5, 2015.”
Two states are now on board seeking review from the justices, as same-sex couples wait to see what the court does with the cases.
“This court joins the vast majority of federal courts to conclude that same-sex couples and the children they raise are equal before the law.” The decision is on hold for 14 days. [Update: The state is appealing the ruling and is seeking a stay pending that appeal.]
Ruling is put on hold pending any appeal from the state.
“Given the importance of the issue … Michigan does not oppose review by” the Supreme Court. State asks justices to uphold constitutionality of Michigan’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages.
The National Organization for Marriage is still fighting a marriage case that, for most people, ended more than six months ago.
“[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.
LGBT campaigners are preparing a legal challenge based on equality legislation, BuzzFeed News understands.
“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.
“[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.]
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter tells the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that its ruling in favor of marriage equality could cause significant harms, “especially [to] the children of heterosexuals.” [Update: Alaska’s attorney general asks for the 9th Circuit to consider its appeal of his state’s marriage ruling as well.]
“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.