A federal judge
in Oregon has overturned
that state's ban on same sex marriage, opening the door for couples to begin getting married immediately
) [more inside]
A federal judge in Idaho has issued a ruling
(PDF) declaring Idaho's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional,
and today denied
Gov. Butch Otter's motion for a stay on her decision overturning Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages. [more inside]
A federal judge in Indiana has ordered that the state recognize the marriage
of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney. [more inside]
A federal judge
Michigan's ban on same sex marriage and adoption. (pdf
). There is no stay in the ruling.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has ruled
that Texas' ban on the recognition of marriage equality is unconstitutional. The ruling comes days after the launch
of Freedom To Marry's Southern Campaign
, and almost a week after a judge in Illinois ruled that gay and lesbian
couples there had the right to marry immediately
, rather than June 1, as the legislature had previously passed. The Texas ruling has been stayed pending appeal.
"Our nation's uneven but dogged journey toward truer and more meaningful freedoms for our citizens has brought us continually to a deeper understanding of the first three words in our Constitution: we the people. "We the People" have become a broader, more diverse family than once imagined."
In the case of Bostic v. Rainey
, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen has declared Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional [more inside]
On Friday, federal court judge Judge Clark Waddoups issued a ruling
stating that parts of Utah’s polygamy laws, including the statute that criminalizes cohabitation, is unconstitutional
. [more inside]
Tim Gunn and the ACLU present "My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding"
, a contest for same-sex folks in non-marriage equality states to come up with the most creative ways to cross state lines into a marriage equality state and get married. The winning couples will receive $5,000 for their wedding expenses, assistance from a wedding planner and a trip to New York for an event, planned for March, styled like a wedding reception.
Ten years ago today, invoking the “dignity and equality of all individuals", the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
declared that the state must allow same sex couples the right to marry. The plaintiffs' attorney was Mary Bonauto.
With the bill
approved by the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois
will become the 15th marriage equality state
. [more inside]
Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson
of the Mercer County Superior Court ruled
in Garden State Equality et al. v. Dow
that New Jersey's civil unions are inherently unequal in light of the SCOTUS Windsor
ruling, and that plaintiff couples
and those similarly situated should be allowed to marry beginning October 21st. [more inside]
John Banvard, 95, Gerard Nadeau, 67, were married
Thursday at a Chula Vista, CA Veterans' senior living facility. Mr. Banvard, a World War II vet, and Mr. Nadeau, a Vietnam vet, have been together for 20 years, and were married at the facility despite the opposition of some residents. In response to the opposition, Mr. Nadeau said, "Oh, that's their problem not mine, but you know what this will do, open the door for other people." [more inside]
Marriage equality comes to Minnesota
and Rhode Island
at midnight, August 1, and the Minnesota DFL state senators wanted to congratulate
their same-sex newlywed constituents. [more inside]
Today is the last day in session for the Illinois House before the summer break, and LGBT advocates are hoping that when they convene at 10:30am, they will address and vote on SB10
, legislation already passed by the state Senate to enact marriage equality in the state of Illinois. [more inside]
Following an incident
at Fort Bragg where Lt. Colonel Heather Mack's wife, Ashley Broadway, was told she could not join the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses, the Marine Corps has issued guidance
that spouses clubs operating on its bases and installations must offer membership
to the same-sex spouses of gay and lesbian service members. [more inside]
In 2009, William Marotta, donated his sperm to a lesbian couple. Although they did not go through a licensed physician, per Kansas state law, the three signed an agreement relieving Marotta of any financial or paternal responsibility.
The women, who co-parent 8 children, broke up in 2010, and the state of Kansas is now attempting to get Marotta to pay child support. [more inside]
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has ruled
for the first time that a civil union must be treated as equivalent to marriage. The full decision is here.
Today, the 9th Circuit said
a majority of its 26 actively serving judges has voted not to revisit
a three-judge panel's 2-1 decision
declaring the voter-approved ban to be a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians in California. Now that en banc rehearing was denied, the proponents have 90 days to file a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court, seeking review of the decision striking down Proposition 8. Oral argument would follow a few months later, and then a final decision would be issued by June or July 2013.
On the same day that NJ governor Chris Christie announced
that he has nominated an openly gay African-American Republican mayor to the state’s highest court, Washington state's legislature has announced
that they have the votes to pass the same sex-marriage bill that the governor has already promised to sign. Washington will be the seventh state to have same sex marriages. [more inside]