Marriage Equality: June 2014

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Bishops May Use Gay Couples' Children as Pawns in Anti-Gay Crusade

Filed by John M. Becker | June 30, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

A new battleground may be opening up in the U.S. Catholic bishops' battle against LGBT equality: the baptisms of same-sex couples' children.Read More


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Did You Marry in WI During the Window? ACLU Needs You

Filed by John M. Becker | June 27, 2014 | 7:30 PM | comments

If you're a Wisconsin same-sex couple who married during the 8-day marriage equality window earlier this month, the ACLU of Wisconsin needs your help!Read More


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BREAKING: 7th Circuit Stays Indiana Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | June 27, 2014 | 6:15 PM | comments

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has just stayed Judge Richard Young's ruling striking down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage, pending appeal. Further marriages are on hold.Read More


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Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

As a church that proudly touts itself as "reformed and always reforming," let's hope the Holy Spirit shows up again to help it along.Read More


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A Different Kind of Pride

Filed by John M. Becker | June 27, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

When the marriage discrimination amendment in my home state of Wisconsin was struck down this month, I experienced pride in a new and deeper way.Read More


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Finnish Lawmakers Again Reject Equal Marriage Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | June 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in Finland -- the only Nordic country where same-sex couples don't have the freedom to marry -- again rejected a marriage equality bill this week.Read More


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Tell Indiana's AG to Stop Fighting Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 26, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Stand up for marriage equality in Indiana -- call Attorney General Greg Zoeller and tell him not to appeal yesterday's pro-equality court decision!Read More


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Edie Windsor on Her DOMA Suit: 'There Is No Wrong Time for Justice'

Filed by John M. Becker | June 26, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Windsor decision, Marriage Equality USA is releasing the first in a series of intimate interviews with plaintiff -- and MEUSA volunteer -- Edie Windsor.Read More


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Marriage Update: Boulder, St. Louis, Mexico, Puerto Rico

Filed by John M. Becker | June 26, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Since we last checked in late yesterday afternoon, major marriage equality news has broken in Colorado, Missouri, Mexico, and Puerto Rico!Read More


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One Year Later: Where Were You When DOMA Fell?

Filed by John M. Becker | June 26, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

One year ago today, my husband and I were on the steps of the Supreme Court as the LGBT world changed forever. What are your memories from that incredible day?Read More


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Louisiana Judge Says He'll Make Broad Marriage Ruling

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

A federal judge in Louisiana said today that he intends to rule not just on out-of-state same-sex marriage recognition, but on the constitutionality of the state's marriage discrimination amendment itself.Read More


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BREAKING: Fed. Appeals Court Upholds Utah Pro-Equality Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | June 25, 2014 | 12:10 PM | comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has just affirmed a lower court ruling striking down Utah's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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BREAKING: Indiana Marriage Ban Struck Down; No Stay

Filed by John M. Becker | June 25, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

This just in: U.S. District Judge Richard Young has struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. He did not issue a stay.Read More


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Louisiana Marriage Case Goes to Court Today

Filed by John M. Becker | June 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today, oral arguments will be heard in a federal court case in Louisiana that seeks to compel the state to recognize valid same-sex marriage licenses issued in other states.Read More


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Moravian Church Body Votes to Affirm Gay Relationships, Clergy

Filed by John M. Becker | June 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

By an overwhelming margin, representatives of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church voted Sunday to ordain gay and lesbian clergy and create a formal ritual for solemnizing same-sex relationships.Read More


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Methodist Church Overturns Defrocking of Frank Schaefer

Filed by John M. Becker | June 24, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

An appeals panel for the United Methodist Church has reversed the defrocking of Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was stripped of his religious credentials after he officiated at his gay son's wedding.Read More


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A Covenant: Marriage Equality in the Episcopal Church

Filed by Michael Knaapen | June 23, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Reports following the Presbyterian Church's approval of marriage equality have been mixed: does the Episcopal Church affirm marriage equality, too? The short answer is yes. Read More


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Marriage Equality: What Do We Tell the Kids?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

What kids will remember is the kindness, compassion, and decency of their parents, or their judgmental, self-righteous bigotry.Read More


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NOM Dramatically Inflates March Attendance Numbers

Filed by John M. Becker | June 20, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage claims that between 10,000-15,000 people participated in their hate march yesterday. Does this look like 10,000 people to you?Read More


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Obama Extending Additional Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | June 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Today, the Obama administration is rolling out another huge expansion of federal marriage benefits available to same-sex couples. The rest is up to Congress.Read More


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NOM's 'Not Anti-LGBT' March Was Very Anti-LGBT

Filed by John M. Becker | June 19, 2014 | 7:15 PM | comments

Roman Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone categorically stated that NOM's "March for Marriage" would not be an anti-LGBT event. The signs we saw told a very different story.Read More


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Marriage Cases From Four States Will Be Heard on Same Day

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

On Wednesday, August 6, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear marriage equality-related cases from four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.Read More


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Luxembourg Passes Marriage, Adoption Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in the tiny European Grand Duchy of Luxembourg overwhelmingly passed a marriage and adoption equality bill today.Read More


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Judge Brilliantly Smacks Down PA Official's Bid to Defend Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

This morning a federal district court judge blocked a Pennsylvania county official's attempt to defend the state's now-defunct marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Colbert Debates Marriage Equality With Olson and Boies

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

"The whole reason I got married was as a taunt to gay people that they could not get married."Read More


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Obama Praises LGBT Progress, Says We Must 'Keep Working'

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

President Barack Obama spoke last night at an NYC Democratic LGBT fundraiser about the incredible progress the country has made on equality during his administration, but reminded the audience that much work remains to be done.Read More


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SF Archbishop Rejects Calls to Skip NOM Hate March

Filed by John M. Becker | June 17, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Salvatore Cordileone, the notoriously homophobic Archbishop of San Francisco and the so-called "Father of Proposition 8," is rejecting calls to stay away from NOM's hate rally in D.C.Read More


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WI Democrats Ask Holder to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | June 16, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

The Democratic members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are asking AG Eric Holder to grant federal recognition to all legal same-sex marriages performed in the state during its brief marriage equality window.Read More


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Brian Brown Hilariously Spins WI Stay as NOM Win

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

NOM's Brian Brown is hilariously trying to claim a Wisconsin's federal judge's stay on her marriage equality ruling as a victory for the group.Read More


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Indiana Preparing for Possibly Broad Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | June 16, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

An unusually long deliberation from a federal judge in Indiana indicates that he may be preparing to issue a broad ruling on marriage discrimination in the Hoosier State.Read More


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UPDATED: WI Marriage Judge Stays Ruling; Weddings Stop

Filed by John M. Becker | June 13, 2014 | 6:26 PM | comments

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb has issued a stay of her historic ruling striking down Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment. The move stops further same-sex weddings from taking place while the state appeals.Read More


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Stay Likely Today in Wisconsin Marriage Equality Case

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

Judge Barbara Crabb will likely decide whether to stay her marriage equality ruling - and press pause on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin - by the end of the day today.Read More


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Wisconsin Company Adds Spice to Marriage Equality

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 13, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Wisconsin-based spice company Penzeys is celebrating the state's marriage equality win by sharing on its website the stories of four of the plaintiff couples, including "their lives, their cooking, and their love." Read More


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Hillary Has Testy NPR Exchange About Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, NPR host Terry Gross repeatedly pressed former Secretary of State (and presumed 2016 presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton about her stance on marriage equality. The exchange got a little awkward.Read More


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U.S. Bishops Defy Pope, Continue Anti-LGBT Crusade

Filed by John M. Becker | June 12, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Defying Pope Francis's call to stop obsessing about same-sex marriage, America's Catholic bishops voted yesterday to continue their unholy crusade against civil marriage equality.Read More


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WI AG: Clerks Issuing Marriage Licenses Risk Prosecution

Filed by John M. Becker | June 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Wisconsin's Republican attorney general is trying to bully and intimidate county clerks until they stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Read More


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After Initial Refusal, Walker Admin. Processing WI Marriage Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | June 11, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Scott Walker administration announced today that it is reversing course and processing marriage licenses for same-sex couples after initially refusing to do so.Read More


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NOM Surrogate Tricks People into Attending Anti-Gay Rally

Filed by John M. Becker | June 10, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

NOM is having trouble generating enthusiasm for an upcoming anti-equality rally, so a trusted surrogate is turning to an unconventional method: lying.Read More


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Reuters: Legal Industry Has Reached 'Mozilla Moment'

Filed by John M. Becker | June 10, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

At least 30 of the country's 200 largest law firms have clients challenging discriminatory state marriage laws. Not a single one is defending a marriage ban in court.Read More


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Alabama Gets Another Marriage Lawsuit

Filed by John M. Becker | June 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it's challenging part of Alabama's marriage discrimination amendment in federal court.Read More


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Most Wisconsin Counties Now Issuing Marriage Licenses

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

A majority of Wisconsin's 72 counties are either currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples or ready to do so when applicants present themselves.Read More


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Texas GOP Officially Endorses 'Ex-Gay' Quackery

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Over the weekend, the Texas Republican Party gave final approval to a platform that includes an endorsement of discredited and dangerous "ex-gay" therapy.Read More


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Conflicting Reports Emerge From WI Marriage Hearing

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

There appears to be confusion in Wisconsin about whether or not county clerks should continue issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Read More


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BREAKING: Judge Refuses to Stop WI Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 2:50 PM | comments

Judge Barbara Crabb has refused Attorney General Van Hollen's request to stop same-sex marriages in Wisconsin. They can continue, at least for now.Read More


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WI AG Scrambles for Stay as Dozens of Couples Marry

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 1:45 PM | comments

There are now fifteen Wisconsin counties granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is scrambling to stop any more from being issued.Read More


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Some WI Counties Refuse to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 | 9:45 AM | comments

There are now five Wisconsin counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The clerks in Green Bay and Fond du Lac, however, are still refusing to do so.Read More


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129 Wisconsin Couples Wed in First Hours of Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 07, 2014 | 3:30 AM | comments

In the first hours of marriage equality in Wisconsin, 129 couples received licenses. Barring a court order, marriages will continue Saturday in Madison and Milwaukee.Read More


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UPDATED: Judge Strikes Down WISCONSIN Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2014 | 4:55 PM | comments

Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment has just been struck down in federal court.Read More


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BREAKING: North Dakota Marriage Suit Filed

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2014 | 2:45 PM | comments

And then there were NONE: the nation's last unchallenged same-sex marriage ban is now being contested in federal court in North Dakota.Read More


Most Americans Say Constitution Guarantees Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Today's numbers send a strong, unmistakable signal to the justices that America is ready for full, nationwide marriage equality. Let's hope they're paying attention.Read More


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Texas GOP Platform Promotes Dangerous 'Ex-Gay' Quackery

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

The first draft of the Texas Republican Party's proposed 2014 platform endorses fraudulent "ex-gay" therapy, a dangerous and discredited form of psychological abuse.Read More


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Slovakia Approves Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | June 05, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in the central European nation of Slovakia have just added a marriage discrimination amendment to that country's constitution.Read More


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Netherlands: No Special Rights for Anti-Gay Officials

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

Elected officials in the Netherlands have removed a loophole that granted anti-gay public officials a special right to opt out of performing same-sex marriages. Read More


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BREAKING: Supremes Refuse to Halt Marriage in Oregon

Filed by John M. Becker | June 04, 2014 | 4:50 PM | comments

The United States Supreme Court has just blocked a last-ditch attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to stop same-sex marriages in Oregon.Read More


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CO Bakery: No Wedding Cakes for Anyone If We Have to Serve Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | June 03, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The owner of a Colorado bakery says he will stop baking wedding cakes altogether rather than bake them for gay couples, as the state's non-discrimination law requires.Read More


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Tom Corbett Deserves Thanks for PA Marriage Equality

Filed by Mark Segal | June 02, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

When Pennsylvania's Republican Governor, Tom Corbett, decided not to fight marriage equality, he did so after months of consideration and discussion with family, friends, and staff.Read More


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Homophobia: What's Our Part In It?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 01, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Others are clearly far more culpable, but the LGBTQ community does have a part in homophobia. Read More