Marriage Equality: May 2014

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WI's Largest Counties Prepare for Possible Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | May 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Recent comments from Wisconsin's attorney general have officials in Madison and Milwaukee scrambling to prepare for what could be a flood of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses.Read More


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Justice Kennedy Asks for Info in Oregon Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | May 29, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Justice Anthony Kennedy wants more information before he makes a ruling on NOM's request that marriage equality be put on hold in Oregon while it appeals.Read More


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Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Dent Comes Out for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | May 29, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Charlie Dent, a Republican congressman representing Pennsylvania's 15th House District, endorsed marriage equality yesterday. He's just the sixth congressional Republican to do so.Read More


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Luxembourg Moves Closer to Marriage, Adoption Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg took a big step closer to marriage and adoption equality today. A bill is expected to be approved next month.Read More


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HRC Asks Pope Francis to Meet With Fired LGBT Teachers

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign sent a letter to Pope Francis requesting that he meet with nine teachers who've lost their jobs at Catholic schools because they're LGBT or an LGBT ally.Read More


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BREAKING: Maine Fines NOM for Ethics Violations

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Maine Ethics Commission has just voted unanimously to fine NOM for violating state campaign laws in 2009. NOM is reportedly refusing to obey the ruling.Read More


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Desperate NOM Asks SCOTUS to Stop Oregon Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Once again vainly attempting to stick its finger in the dike of history, the National Organization for Marriage is asking the Supreme Court to block marriage equality in Oregon.Read More


Study: Gay Dads' Brains Develop Maternal, Paternal Patterns

Filed by John M. Becker | May 27, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Eat your heart out, Mark Regnerus: a new study from Israel finds that gay men raising children conceived through surrogacy develop brain patterns resembling those of both mothers and fathers.Read More


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NOM Ally Compares Marriage Equality to Slavery, KKK

Filed by John M. Becker | May 27, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Coalition of African-American pastors, a NOM ally, has just released a disgusting new video explicitly linking marriage equality with slavery, the KKK, and segregation.Read More


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WI's Scott Walker Hedges Bets on Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 27, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

These days, Wisconsin Republican governor and Tea Party darling Scott Walker is sounding a lot less cocky about marriage discrimination than he used to.Read More


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And Then There Was One: South Dakota Gets Marriage Suit

Filed by John M. Becker | May 22, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

A freedom-to-marry lawsuit was filed in South Dakota today, leaving only one non-marriage equality state - North Dakota - without one.Read More


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Marriage Lawsuit Filed in Montana

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Today, the ACLU filed suit for marriage equality in Montana. There are only two non-marriage states left without freedom-to-marry litigation pending.Read More


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Marriage Is Safe in PA: Gov. Won't Appeal

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last hour, Pennsylvania's Republican governor announced that he will not appeal yesterday's ruling legalizing marriage equality in the Keystone State.Read More


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NOM Spanked Again in Bid to Conceal Donors' Names

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Last night, the National Organization for Marriage lost its bid to retroactively force California to hide the names of donors to Proposition 8.Read More


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Watch an Adorable Child Meet a Same-Sex Couple for the First Time

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

This little child's reaction when he meets a married gay couple for the first time is sure to brighten your day.Read More


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New Poll Shows Marriage Equality Support at All-Time High

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

According to the newest Gallup poll, support for marriage equality is at an all-time high - and nearly eight in ten young adults back the freedom to marry.Read More


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Wurst's Win May Help Bring Marriage Equality to Austria

Filed by John M. Becker | May 20, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst met with the chancellor of her native Austria this week, whose party wants to use her popularity to advance marriage equality.Read More


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UPDATED: Pennsylvania Marriage Ban Struck Down!

Filed by John M. Becker | May 20, 2014 | 2:28 PM | comments

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III has just struck down Pennsylvania's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. He did not stay his ruling, so it takes effect immediately.Read More


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Judge Orders Utah to Recognize its Own Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 | 5:15 PM | comments

This afternoon, a federal judge in Utah ordered the state to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples who wed during the brief window when it was legal there, before the U.S. Supreme Court stopped them pending appeal.Read More


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BREAKING: Oregon Marriage Ban Falls

Filed by John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 | 3:08 PM | comments

A federal judge in Oregon has just struck down that state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More


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NOM's Preemptive Attempt to Block Oregon Marriage Ruling Denied

Filed by John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 | 2:17 PM | comments

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just rejected NOM's attempt to block today's forthcoming ruling on marriage equality in Oregon.Read More


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Maine Ethics Investigators Recommend Fining NOM $50K

Filed by John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Ethics investigators in Maine are recommending that the anti-equality group National Organization for Marriage be fined more than $50,000 for illegal campaign activities in the state.Read More


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BREAKING: Arkansas Supremes Stop Marriages During Appeal

Filed by John M. Becker | May 16, 2014 | 5:35 PM | comments

Minutes ago, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay on Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza's ruling last week that struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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BREAKING: Oregon Judge Will Issue Marriage Ruling Monday

Filed by John M. Becker | May 16, 2014 | 4:15 PM | comments

In just over 70 hours, Oregon may become the next marriage equality state.Read More


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Marriage Watch: Go in Arkansas, Pause in Idaho

Filed by John M. Becker | May 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The marriage equality roller coaster continues in Idaho and Arkansas.Read More


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Marriages Halt in Arkansas Amid Confusion

Filed by John M. Becker | May 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Yesterday's confusing ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court has halted further same-sex marriages in the state, at least for now.Read More


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Arkansas Supremes Reject Stay, Still Manage to Confuse

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 | 7:10 PM | comments

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the state attorney general's request to stay a ruling striking down the state's marriage discrimination amendment. But they still managed to be confusing.Read More


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WI School Apologizes for Showing 'Biased' Marriage Video

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

In Janesville, Wisconsin, you apparently can't tell gay and lesbian students that they should be able to get married one day unless you also tell them that marrying a same-sex spouse will send them to hell. Because "balance."Read More


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BREAKING: Fed. Judge Refuses to Stop Idaho Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 | 1:40 PM | comments

And in Oregon, a judge rejected NOM's attempt to intervene in a marriage case and defend the state's discriminatory amendment.Read More


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This is What Marriage Equality in Arkansas Looks Like

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's a delightfully new way of visualizing the impact of marriage equality in Arkansas.Read More


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Regnerus Files Anti-Gay Brief in Louisiana Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

This week, discredited "researcher" Mark Regnerus filed a brief in Louisiana urging the state to uphold marriage discrimination... for the sake of the children.Read More


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BREAKING: Idaho Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 | 8:30 PM | comments

Tonight, the promised "quick ruling" in the NCLR-led case challenging the constitutionality of Idaho's marriage discrimination amendment came -- and U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale has struck it down.Read More


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Alaska Gets a Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Filed by John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Alaska is the latest U.S. state with an active marriage equality lawsuit. There are now just three without one.Read More


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NOM's Anti-Equality Rally in VA Looks Like a Snooze-Fest

Filed by John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

NOM is rallying this morning outside the federal courthouse in Virginia where a challenge to marriage discrimination will be heard. The rally looks like it's going to be a major fail.Read More


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All Eyes on Arkansas: Marriages Begin

Filed by John M. Becker | May 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Same-sex couples are currently marrying in several Arkansas counties after a judge struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment. Read More


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BREAKING: Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | May 09, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Judge Chris Piazza, a circuit court judge in Pulaski County, Arkansas, has just struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More


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Why Judge 'Forcing the Spring' By Its Cover?

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 09, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

No one should miss Jo Becker's "Forcing the Spring." Rarely has an episode of one piece of LGBT work been captured in such sharp relief and detail.Read More


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Two Years Ago Today, Obama Evolved on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | May 09, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Two years ago today, President Obama spoke words that millions of LGBT Americans wanted to hear: "...it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."Read More


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Lockhart Gives Hope to Indiana's LGBT Community

Filed by Andrew Markle | May 08, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Patrick Lockhart, a 21-year-old Democrat from Indianapolis, would be a refreshing addition to the Indiana House of Representatives.Read More


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Lambda Legal Knocks Chris Christie for Politicizing the Courts

Filed by John M. Becker | May 06, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal and other New Jersey groups are calling out Chris Christie for his attacks on judicial independence.Read More


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Judge Promises Quick Ruling on Idaho's Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | May 05, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Today, a federal judge in Idaho promised to rule quickly in a case challenging Idaho's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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CA May Remove Exclusionary Language from Marriage Law

Filed by John M. Becker | May 05, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in the California Senate approved a bill last week that would remove an exclusionary, heterosexist definition of marriage from the state's family law code.Read More


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Marriage Equality Round-Up: AR, GA, ID, IN, NC

Filed by John M. Becker | May 02, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Marriage equality lawsuits are pressing forward at lightning speed. Here are updates from Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, and North Carolina - as well as Indiana, where marriage equality goes to court today.Read More


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SD Republican: Gay Sex is a 'One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck'

Filed by John M. Becker | May 02, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

A Republican state representative in South Dakota calls anal sex "a one way alley for the garbage truck" in a letter to the editor he's trying to get published in his local paper.Read More


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Idaho Vet Offers to Donate Burial Plot to Lesbian Couple

Filed by John M. Becker | May 01, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

After the state of Idaho refused to allow a 74-year-old Navy veteran to share her burial plot with her deceased wife, a retired army colonel offered to donate his so the couple can be buried together.Read More