Marriage Equality: April 2014

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Report: Pope Calling a Meeting to Debate Birth Control, Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Pope Francis has reportedly called for a meeting of the world's bishops later this year to debate issues like contraception and marriage. But don't expect any sweeping doctrinal reforms to emerge.Read More

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Clergy Challenge NC Marriage Ban on Religious Freedom Grounds

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

A new lawsuit filed this week in North Carolina turns Christian conservatives' "religious freedom" argument on its head.Read More


Northern Ireland Again Rejects Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Lawmakers in Northern Ireland blocked a marriage equality bill yesterday. It was the third such vote in 18 months.Read More


Ohio's Marriage Ban Gets First Direct Challenge

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today, equality advocates in the Buckeye State filed the first direct constitutional challenge to Ohio's 2004 marriage discrimination amendment.Read More

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Griffin Talks 'Forcing the Spring' on Morning Joe

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

This week, HRC President Chad Griffin appeared on "Morning Joe" to discuss the LGBT movement's strategic pivot towards the Deep South. Instead, they mostly discussed the controversial new book "Forcing the Spring."Read More

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'Forcing the Spring' is Hardly Dangerous Revisionism

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 29, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

While I understand all the fuming and found a few errors myself, I appreciate the book Becker actually wrote, rather than the title the publishers wanted to sell me. Read More


South Dakota Will Soon Have Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Filed by John M. Becker | April 25, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Great news from South Dakota: the state is about to get its first freedom-to-marry lawsuit.Read More

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Arya Stark Wants Marriage Equality Everywhere

Filed by John M. Becker | April 25, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Maisie Williams, the 17-year-old actress who plays Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones," is every bit as fierce as her onscreen alter ego when it comes to LGBT equality.Read More


Alaska Supremes: State Tax Code is Anti-Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | April 25, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state's denial of property tax exemptions to same-sex couples is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Read More

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Forcing Which Spring?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | April 24, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

While I won't comment on "Forcing the Spring" until after I read the book, a number of red flags have been raised, including the apparent minimizing of any other "spring" prior to the effort to overturn Prop. 8.Read More

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Mark My Words: Marriage Equality, Media, & Mama Rose

Filed by Mark Segal | April 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Most of those attacking the book "Forcing the Spring" normally find little to agree on when it comes to the LGBT community. But this time, they all hit the same bullseye.Read More

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Frontman of Christian Band Jars of Clay Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | April 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Dan Haseltine, lead singer of the enduringly popular and three-time Grammy Award-winning Christian rock band Jars of Clay, came out in support of marriage equality this week on Twitter. Christian conservatives are freaking out.Read More

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Second TX Judge Rules State Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Filed by John M. Becker | April 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A second Texas judge has ruled the state's 2005 marriage discrimination amendment unconstitutional.Read More


Group of LGBTs, Allies Argues for 'Tolerance' of Homophobia

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

A group of prominent LGBT people and allies, including John Corvino and Andrew Sullivan, are calling for homophobia to be "debated" rather than stigmatized.Read More


Undefended Oregon Marriage Ban Goes to Court Today

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Today, a federal judge will hear oral arguments challenging Oregon's marriage discrimination amendment - and there will be no one in court to defend it.Read More

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Marriage Opposition Plummeting in the GOP

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The sea change on LGBT rights is happening across all demographic groups, including the group most stubbornly resistant to embracing equality: Republicans.Read More

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Georgia Gets a Marriage Equality Lawsuit Today

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today, Georgia becomes the latest U.S. state to have an active marriage equality lawsuit. There are now just four non-equality states without one.Read More


Will Pennsylvania be the Next Marriage State?

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

According to the ACLU, "both sides agree" that a marriage equality trial scheduled for June is not necessary as the state will not call in any "expert" witnesses to defend discrimination.Read More


More Texans Support Marriage Equality Than Oppose It

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

A new independent poll from Texas reveals that for the first time in history, more Texans support marriage equality than oppose it.Read More

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Prop 8 Attorney Says He's 'Evolving' on Marriage; Has Lesbian Daughter

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Charles Cooper, who argued in favor of Proposition 8 at the Supreme Court, now says he is "evolving" on marriage equality after learning his daughter is a lesbian.Read More

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Today in Court: AR, OK, Becker v. UCF Decision Day

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Today in LGBT legal news, marriage equality cases from Arkansas and Oklahoma will be heard in state and federal court, respectively. It's also decision day in Becker v. UCF, the Florida open records case.Read More


FL Couple's Final Journey Shows Why Marriage Matters

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Meet Chris and Richard, an intergenerational gay south Florida couple who let two journalists walk with them as they took their final journey together.Read More


Losing Track of Marriage Lawsuits? Let Lambda Legal Help

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal has assembled a comprehensive list of every marriage case currently pending in the United States. Read More

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Another Wisconsin Couple Sues for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A same-gender couple in Wisconsin has filed that state's second marriage equality lawsuit, appealing directly to the state Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination.Read More

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Ohio Judge Issues Stay Limiting Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

U.S. Judge Timothy Black, who ruled this week that Ohio must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, issued a stay today limiting it to the four plaintiff couples.Read More

Report: Marriage Equality is Good for Family Health

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

According to an article published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, marriage equality results in better health care and less anxiety, depression, and other negative health outcomes for families headed by same-sex parents.Read More

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ACLU Sues Michigan for Not Recognizing its Own Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

The ACLU filed suit in Michigan today, seeking to compel the state to recognize LGBT Michiganders' valid marriage licenses.Read More

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Malta Expected to Pass Civil Unions

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today, the parliament of the tiny European republic of Malta is expected to pass a bill legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples. Read More


Ohio Judge Strikes Down State's Marriage Recognition Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has ordered the state of Ohio to recognize all legal same-gender marriages performed elsewhere.Read More

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Mike Huckabee Thinks He's Not a Homophobe

Filed by Andrew Markle | April 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a speech on Tuesday, noted anti-LGBT extremist Mike Huckabee claimed that despite consistently opposing marriage equality, he's not a homophobe, but rather on 'the right side of the Bible.'Read More

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Judge Rules IN Must Recognize Same-Sex Couple's Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | April 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

A federal judge this afternoon required the state of Indiana to immediately recognize the legal marriage of Niki Quasney, a terminally ill woman, to wife Amy Sandler. The ruling only applies to the couple.Read More

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Utah Dumps Regnerus

Filed by John M. Becker | April 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, less than 24 hours before today's oral arguments in Utah's marriage equality case, the state filed a last-minute letter distancing itself from Mark Regnerus's discredited junk science "study" on same-sex parenting.Read More

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Becker v. UCF, Day 1

Filed by John M. Becker | April 09, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Dr. James Wright, editor of the journal Social Science Research - which published Mark Regnerus's discredited, anti-LGBT New Family Structures Study - gave extensive testimony in a Florida public records trial today.Read More

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Catholic Crusade Against Gays Continues Unabated

Filed by John M. Becker | April 09, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Mike McMahon, a talented musician and lifelong Catholic music minister, was fired last summer from St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia. His "offense?" Marrying his husband.Read More

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LBJ's Daughters Support Marriage Equality, Say Dad Probably Would Have Too

Filed by John M. Becker | April 07, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Luci Baines Johnson: "I think my father felt very strongly that when there was bigotry anywhere, prejudice anywhere, all of us lose out."Read More

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Supreme Court Declines Anti-Gay NM Photographer's Appeal

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

The Supreme Court today turned down a case from a New Mexico couple who claimed they had a right to refuse to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.Read More


UPDATED: Judge Will Strike Down Part of Ohio's Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | April 04, 2014 | 12:45 PM | comments

A U.S. District Court Judge says he will partially strike down the state of Ohio's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment on April 14.Read More

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BREAKING: Mozilla CEO Steps Down Over Prop 8 Support

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 3:10 PM | comments

Mozilla has just announced that Brendan Eich, their new pro-Proposition 8 CEO, is resigning.Read More


WATCH: Honey Maid's Response to Anti-Gay Haters Is Absolutely Beautiful

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Honey Maid received a lot of angry, hateful messages in response to their LGBT-inclusive 'This Is Wholesome' campaign. They issued a response today that's absolutely beautiful.Read More

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BREAKING: Married Same-Sex Couples Now Qualify for Medicare

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 11:55 AM | comments

Huge news for married LGBT seniors: Obama administration has just announced that married same-sex couples now qualify for Medicare hospital and physician benefits.Read More


AL House Demands Federal Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Alabama House of Representatives, who apparently woke up yesterday morning in 1994 rather than 2014, passed a resolution calling for a constitutional convention to add a marriage discrimination amendment to the United States Constitution.Read More

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Pope Francis Preaches on Marriage, Conspicuously Omits Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Can we please stop pretending this guy is some kind of fabulous LGBT ally now?Read More


Michigan Woman Assaulted After Marrying Same-Sex Spouse

Filed by Andrew Markle | April 01, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

A woman who married her same-sex spouse during Michigan's brief window of marriage equality was horrifically assaulted Monday.Read More

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Anti-Gay IN Senator: Pro-LGBT Groups 'Don't Fight Fair'

Filed by Andrew Markle | April 01, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Indiana Republican State Senator Mike Delph frequently comments about how his Creator has provided inalienable rights for man -- but not the gay man.Read More