“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.
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.” ]
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. 26.]
In a new report, Catholic Church leaders state that “homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.”
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.
“[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 ….”
Same-sex couples were allowed Monday to wed legally for the first time in the state’s history.
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The ruling applies to Miami-Dade County and agrees with another ruling issued last week.
She voted against the government on the issue.
An unusual move in the marriage equality legal fight.
Until now couples already in civil partnerships have not been able to take advantage of same-sex marriages. The rules apply to England and Wales only.
Same-sex marriages began in Boulder County, Colorado, Wednesday even though the attorney general said they were in violation of court orders.
“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.
Marriage is sacred. Except when it isn’t.