Marriage Equality: March 2014

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Half of Mozilla's Board Resigns; Pressure Mounts on CEO

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Half of Mozilla's board resigned last week after the company promoted Brendan Eich, a Proposition 8 donor, to CEO. Now pressure is mounting on Eich to step aside himself.Read More


Terminally Ill Indiana Woman & Wife Seek Immediate Marriage Recognition

Filed by Andrew Markle | March 31, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal announced this afternoon that they are seeking emergency marriage recognition in Indiana for a terminally ill woman and her wife.Read More


Anti-LGBT Group Seeks to Intervene in AL Marriage Case

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 31, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The mother of a deceased gay Alabama man has hired an anti-LGBT legal organization to try and block his husband from being recognized as her son's next of kin.Read More

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Mozilla Finally Declares Support for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 30, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Responding to widespread backlash over its promotion of a Prop 8 donor to the CEO slot, Mozilla made clear this weekend that it fully supports LGBT rights, including marriage equality.Read More

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BREAKING: U.S. Will Recognize Michigan Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | March 28, 2014 | 10:10 AM | comments

The DOJ has just announced that the U.S. government will recognize all legal same-sex marriages performed in Michigan on March 22.Read More

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Michigan GOP Gov 'Suspends' Same-Sex Couples' Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Rick Snyder, Michigan's Republican governor, announced yesterday that while the 322 same-gender marriages from March 22 are legal and valid, he's decided to "suspend" the state's recognition of them -- and the rights that go along with them.Read More

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Lesbian Couple Files Puerto Rico's First Marriage Suit

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A married lesbian attorney in Puerto Rico filed a federal lawsuit this week challenging the commonwealth's discriminatory marriage laws. It is the island territory's first such lawsuit.Read More

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Judge Rejects WI's Effort to Delay Marriage Equality Suit

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A federal judge this week smacked down the state of Wisconsin's attempt to delay an ACLU marriage equality lawsuit.Read More


BREAKING: World Vision Reverses Decision to Hire Married Gay Christians

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 4:50 PM | comments

World Vision, a billion-dollar Christian charity that made waves when it announced that it would hire married gay Christians, has caved to the bigots and reversed course.Read More

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New Poll: Wisconsin Flips for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Less than eight years after 59% of Wisconsin's voters approved a constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, a new poll shows that the state has completely flipped.Read More


Help Equality Supporters Flip Anti-Marriage Hashtag

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

NOM wants to make marriage discrimination trend on Twitter today, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court taking the Proposition 8 case. Help foil their plans!Read More

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UPDATED: Mozilla in Damage-Control Mode After Hiring Anti-Gay CEO

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Mozilla, the company behind the popular web browser Firefox, is in damage-control mode today after its announcement Monday that it's promoting Prop 8 donor Brendan Eich to CEO.Read More

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As Equal Marriage Comes to UK, LGBT Choir Sings Blessings

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Same-gender marriages begin in England and Wales this Saturday. To celebrate the blessing of married same-gender love, a London-based LGBT choir sings a Rumi poem, "This Marriage."Read More

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Court Halts Further Michigan Marriages During Appeal

Filed by John M. Becker | March 25, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

There will be no further same-gender marriages in Michigan while a challenge to the state's marriage discrimination amendment works its way through the appeals process, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this afternoon.Read More

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Sociologist Judith Stacey: Get Rid of Marital Privilege

Filed by Paige Schilt | March 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Sociologist Judith Stacey sat down with Bilerico Project for an exclusive interview about family diversity, social science research, and why more marriage won't solve social inequality.Read More


Michigan GOP Gov: State Will Ignore Legal Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder doesn't get to unilaterally pick and choose which legal Michigan marriages the state will actually recognize.Read More


Fred Karger Deposed by 'Discombobulated' NOM

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 23, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

LGBT advocate Fred Karger was deposed this month by NOM. The entire session was a grueling waste of time, which Karger believes was NOM's point all along.Read More

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Musings on Michigan's Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 22, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

It is no secret that marriage has never been on the top of my to-do list for LGBT equality. But when Judge Friedman's marriage equality ruling came, so did the tears.Read More

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4 Michigan Counties Issuing Marriage Licenses Today

Filed by John M. Becker | March 22, 2014 | 1:00 AM | comments

If you're a same-sex couple, at least one of you lives in Ingham, Oakland, Muskegon, or Washtenaw County, Michigan, and you're ready to get married, allow me to humbly suggest that you go TODAY to your county clerk's office and apply for a license.Read More

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BREAKING: Judge Strikes Down Michigan Marriage Ban, Rips Regnerus

Filed by John M. Becker | March 21, 2014 | 5:11 PM | comments

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman has struck down the state of Michigan's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. He didn't stay the ruling, so Michigan is state #18.Read More

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TED Ed Kids' Videos Embrace Same-Sex Couples

Filed by Dana Rudolph | March 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

As a lesbian mom, I'm always on the lookout for children's books and media that are inclusive of same-sex relationships. So I was thrilled when I discovered two such videos from TED Ed.Read More

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Kentucky Judge Places Hold on Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

A Kentucky judge who partially invalidated the state's marriage ban put a stay on his own ruling today.Read More

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Anti-Gay Fail: Pro-Equality IL Repubs Win Primaries

Filed by John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Despite threats and attacks from anti-LGBT groups, three Illinois Republicans who voted for marriage equality won their primaries last night.Read More

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Marriage Discrimination Costs Wisconsin Millions

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A major new report from Milwaukee Magazine reveals that Wisconsin is losing out on up to $43 million in LGBT wedding-related spending because it practices marriage discrimination.Read More

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Here's Mark Regnerus's Anti-Equality Testimony in MI

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Want to know what Mark Regnerus, the discredited but dangerous anti-gay "researcher," said on the stand last week in Michigan's marriage equality trial? You've come to the right place.Read More

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Lance Bass Joins Southern Marriage Equality Push

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

"It's an exciting time to be a Southerner -- change is really happening. We can win the freedom to marry here, but it's going to take all of us working together."Read More

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ANOTHER One: Arizona

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Just in case your head wasn't already spinning from the flurry of marriage equality lawsuits dropping today, here's another: Lambda Legal has filed in Arizona. Read More

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Lambda Legal Sues for Marriage in Indiana

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Less than a week after a Kentucky law firm launched a controversial federal lawsuit for marriage equality in Indiana, Lambda Legal has announced that it's doing the same.Read More

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ACLU Sues Florida for Out-of-State Marriage Recognition

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union announced a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida today that seeks to compel the state to recognize legal same-gender marriages performed elsewhere.Read More


Queen Elizabeth II Makes Marriage Equality the Law in Scotland

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted her Royal Assent to the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. Marriage equality is now the law of the land in Scotland! Read More


The Fox Effect: Marriage Opponents Don't Know They've Lost

Filed by John M. Becker | March 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

New surveys show that most marriage equality opponents don't know they're in the minority. This could have negative consequences for the Republican Party.Read More

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Uruguay President: Same-Sex Marriage Is Nothing New

Filed by John M. Becker | March 10, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

"[Same-gender marriage is] older than all of us. It is a matter of objective reality. For us, not to legalize it would torture some people unnecessarily." Read More

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Methodist Bishop Drops Gay Wedding Trial; Calls on Church to Stop

Filed by John M. Becker | March 10, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Bishop Martin McLee of the United Methodist Church is dropping all charges against Rev. Thomas Ogletree, who faced a trial for officiating at his son's gay wedding. He also called on the church to stop such prosecutions.Read More

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Indiana Marriage Lawsuit Is Carpetbagger's Game

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 08, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Indiana's new marriage equality lawsuit sounds great and wonderful, but don't be fooled. It is incredibly ill-timed and could have significant unintended consequences that could have - should have - been avoided.Read More

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Indiana Couples Sue for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 07, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

A Kentucky-based law firm sued the Governor of Indiana in federal court today on behalf of four same-gender couples seeking the freedom to marry.Read More

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ASA Spanks Regnerus, Again

Filed by John M. Becker | March 07, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

In a brief filed in federal appeals court, the American Sociological Association urged the court to strike down marriage discrimination amendments in Utah and Oklahoma and rebuked the discredited research of ASA member Mark Regnerus.Read More


Fired Gay Catholic School Admin Suing For Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | March 07, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Mark Zmuda, the former Catholic school vice principal in Washington State who was fired for marrying his husband, is suing the school and the archdiocese for discrimination and wrongful termination.Read More

Mark Regnerus in the Hot Seat: A Lawyer's View

Filed by John M. Becker | March 06, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

In Michigan this week, cross-examination of disgraced researcher Mark Regnerus revealed and underscored major flaws in his parenting "study" and uncovered clear double standards in his treatment of same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Read More

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Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois, Three Months Early

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Yesterday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told county clerks across the state that they can and should begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately.Read More

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Francis and Civil Unions: PR Stunt or the Real Deal? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Do you think Pope Francis actually supports civil unions for same-sex couples, or is this just another case of the media overreacting to his comments?Read More

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Lebanon's Sodomy Law Scrapped in Landmark Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

In what's being hailed as a landmark ruling, a judge in the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon has struck down the country's sodomy law and moved the conversation on trans issues forward.Read More

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Colorado Governor Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

John Hickenlooper, the Democratic Colorado governor who was instrumental in passing civil unions there last year, quietly came out for full marriage equality this week.Read More

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Half of Americans Say Marriage Equality Guaranteed in Constitution

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

According to a new poll released today, a full 50% of Americans believe the right of same-sex couples to marry is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.Read More


Judge Won't Block WI Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today a judge declined the ACLU's request to lift Wisconsin's harmful marriage discrimination amendment while a federal lawsuit challenging its constitutionality proceeds.Read More

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Kentucky AG Won't Defend State Marriage Ban; Gov. Hires Outside Counsel

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Kentucky AG Jack Conway announced this morning that the state will not appeal a ruling requiring same-sex marriage recognition, then the governor said the state will hire outside attorneys to do so.Read More

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Regnerus Testifies in Michigan; University Distances Itself

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, as disgraced "researcher" Mark Regnerus gave anti-LGBT testimony in Michigan, his own colleagues distanced themselves from his junk-science "study."Read More

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New Polls Confirm Growing Support For Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 03, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Two polls released last week confirmed yet again that a majority of Americans support marriage equality.Read More