Marriage Equality: July 2014

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Elderly Couple Stars in Ohio's First Marriage Ad in 10 Years

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

Ohio's first new marriage equality ad in a decade features a sweet elderly gay couple who married in New York after half a century together.Read More


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North Carolina Drops Defense of Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | July 29, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

North Carolina's Democratic attorney general announced yesterday that in light of Virginia's marriage equality ruling, he will no longer defend the state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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BREAKING: Virginia Marriage Ban Struck Down Again

Filed by John M. Becker | July 28, 2014 | 1:40 PM | comments

A federal appeals court has just upheld a lower court ruling striking down Virginia's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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French Mayor: Those Gays Are Unnatural, Except My Son

Filed by John M. Becker | July 27, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A vociferously anti-gay French mayor is being called a hypocrite after he officiated at his son's wedding to a same-sex spouse.Read More


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BREAKING: Florida Marriage Ban Struck Down AGAIN

Filed by John M. Becker | July 25, 2014 | 6:15 PM | comments

For the second time in eight days, Florida's marriage discrimination amendment has been struck down in state court. The ruling is stayed, pending appeal.Read More


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Edie Windsor Reveals How She Found Her Pride

Filed by John M. Becker | July 24, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

In a new video from Marriage Equality USA, Edie Windsor recounts how she met attorney Robbie Kaplan and reveals how she developed her "love affair with the gay community."Read More


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Wisconsin AG: Marriage Equality is Just Like Abortion

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

Wisconsin's far-right attorney general argues in an appeals court brief that marriage equality is like abortion and that Wisconsin's tradition of discrimination is a perfectly rational basis for continuing to obstruct the freedom to marry.Read More


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BREAKING: Federal Judge Overturns Colorado Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | July 23, 2014 | 7:07 PM | comments

As expected, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore has just overturned Colorado's marriage discrimination amendment. The ruling, released minutes ago, is stayed until August 25.Read More


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Colorado's Marriage Ban Likely to Be Overturned Today

Filed by John M. Becker | July 23, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

A federal judge in Denver is expected to issue a ruling today overturning that state's marriage discrimination amendment. What's uncertain is whether he will stay his decision.Read More


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Another Republican Congressman Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | July 22, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

U.S. Representative David Jolly of Florida has become the eighth sitting Republican member of Congress to come out in support of marriage equality.Read More


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Heartwarming Marriage Proposal of the Day: Oregon

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

Here's your tear-jerker for the day.Read More


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BREAKING: Oklahoma Marriage Ban Struck Down Again

Filed by John M. Becker | July 18, 2014 | 11:10 AM | comments

A federal appeals court has just affirmed a lower court ruling striking down Oklahoma's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Florida Judge Strikes Down State Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | July 17, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

This afternoon, a Republican-appointed circuit court judge in the Florida Keys struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. The ruling applies to Monroe County; marriages will begin on Tuesday.Read More


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Religious Progressives Must Pick Sides in Equality Fight

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

We need to send a loud, clear message to Jim Wallis-style "progressive" Christians: you either fully support LGBT equality, without exceptions, or you don't get to call yourself an ally.Read More


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Edie Windsor Speaks About Gay Life Before Stonewall

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

In the second installment of a series of interviews with Marriage Equality USA, LGBT icon Edie Windsor discusses pre-Stonewall life and the beginning of her now-legendary love story.Read More


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Wisconsin AG Appeals Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 4:15 PM | comments

As expected, J.B. Van Hollen - Wisconsin's far-right Republican attorney general, today appealed a federal court ruling striking down marriage discrimination in the Badger State.Read More


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BREAKING: Boulder Marriages Continue; Denver Issues Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 2:40 PM | comments

A state court judge in Colorado has refused to stop the Boulder County Clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Denver County is now issuing licenses as well. Read More


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Prepare for a Tsunami of Marriage Equality Decisions

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

AFER's Matt Baume expects a torrent of decisions in marriage equality court cases over the next few weeks. Which states are at stake? Click through to find out.Read More


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BREAKING: Colorado Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | July 09, 2014 | 6:20 PM | comments

Eat your heart out, Focus on the Family: Colorado's marriage discrimination amendment has just been struck down in state court. The ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More


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Utah Marriage Case is Now on Supreme Court's Doorstep

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

Kitchen v. Herbert, the federal court challenge to Utah's marriage discrimination amendment, is now on the doorstep of the United States Supreme Court, state attorney general Sean Reyes announced today.Read More


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Confusion Reigns in Indiana Over Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by Andrew Markle | July 09, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

If an Indiana same-sex couple is denied the free legal name changes afforded by their recorded marriage at their local Social Security Office, the couple should file a gender discrimination complaint with the regional SSA office in Chicago.Read More


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CA Removes Gender-Specific Language from Marriage Law

Filed by John M. Becker | July 08, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill replacing the words "husband" and "wife" with gender-neutral terms like "spouse" and "married person" in the state's family law code.Read More


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Scott Walker's Son Witnesses WI Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | July 06, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

Alex Walker -- the college-age son of anti-gay Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker -- recently acted as the state-required witness to a family member's same-sex marriage.Read More


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WATCH LIVE: Florida Marriage Equality Trial

Filed by John M. Becker | July 02, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Right now, Judge Sarah Zabel of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami, Florida is hearing oral arguments in a case challenging the state's laws banning same-sex marriage. Watch live.Read More


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PA Lesbian Couple: Ending Domestic Partner Benefits is 'Unbearable Crisis'

Filed by Sue Kerr | July 02, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Eileen Halloran and her partner, who live in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, are facing what they say is a county mandate to get married, or else.Read More


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Indiana Again Ordered to Recognize Lesbian Couple's Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

For the second time, the state of Indiana has been ordered to recognize the legal, out-of-state marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney. Quasney is dying of ovarian cancer, and the couple wants their marriage recognized on her death certificate.Read More


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Meet Michael and Robert, Marriage Equality Pioneers

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Michael Sabatino and Robert Voorheis of Yonkers, New York have been fighting for marriage equality long before it became the popular thing to do.Read More


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Elton John: Jesus Would Support Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

"Of course [gay priests should be able to marry]. And I don't see why Catholic priests have to be celibate. It's crazy. These are old and stupid things."Read More


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Create Your Own Marriage Equality Ruling!

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Have you ever wanted to create your own freedom-to-marry federal court ruling? Now, thanks to Slate, you can.Read More


BREAKING: Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down Kentucky's marriage discrimination amendment. The ruling is stayed pending appeal, but the string of post-Windsor victories continues!Read More