Marriage Equality: August 2014

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Man Sues Little Caesars For Denying Spouse Health Benefits

Filed by John M. Becker | August 28, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Little Caesars, the nation's third-largest pizza chain, has been slapped with a lawsuit by a gay former manager for allegedly denying health benefits to the legal same-sex spouses of LGB employees.Read More


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Florida Supremes Asked to Rule on Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | August 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A Florida appeals court today asked the state's Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Sunshine State's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Check Out This Pro-Equality Blog Post From Judge Posner

Filed by John M. Becker | August 27, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

"It seems that the only remaining basis for opposition to homosexual marriage [sic], or to legal equality between homosexuals and heterosexuals in general, is religious."Read More


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Marriage Bans Take a Beating at the Seventh Circuit

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

Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin took a beating today at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. The judges appear poised to hand marriage equality advocates their first unanimous federal court win.Read More


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Tenth Circuit Extends Stay on Colorado Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | August 22, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Same-sex couples in Colorado will have to wait a little longer for the freedom to marry: yesterday, the 10th Circuit stayed a lower court ruling overturning the state's marriage ban.Read More


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Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida's Marriage Ban

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

For the first time in federal court but the fifth time overall, Florida's marriage discrimination amendment has been struck down as unconstitutional.Read More


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Kristin Chenoweth is an American for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | August 21, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Emmy- and Tony-winning singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth is speaking out for marriage equality in a new video message recorded for the Human Rights Campaign.Read More


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WATCH: Marriage Equality Causes 'Armagayddon' in Ireland

Filed by John M. Becker | August 20, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

This may be the best pro-marriage equality video ad yet.Read More


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BREAKING: No Weddings in Virginia Tomorrow

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

As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court has intervened to temporarily stop same-sex marriages from taking place in Virginia, pending appeal.Read More


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Marriage Discrimination Struck Down Again in Indiana

Filed by John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 | 6:45 PM | comments

U.S. District Judge Richard Young has ordered the state of Indiana to recognize the valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples. The ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More


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New York: No Special Right to Anti-LGBT Discrimination

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

The New York Division of Human Rights has ruled that a wedding vendor's private religious beliefs do not entitle them to a special right to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples.Read More


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Facebook Donates $10K to Utah's Hardcore Anti-Gay AG

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

Facebook made a $10,000 donation in May to the campaign of Sean Reyes, the virulently anti-gay Republican attorney general of Utah who's aggressively fighting marriage equality in the Beehive State.Read More


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PA Baker Says Jesus Told Her to Turn Away Gay Couple

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

The cake wars continue, this time in Pennsylvania, where a baker refused to serve a lesbian couple after an alleged two-week conversation with Jesus.Read More


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BREAKING: Stay Denied in VA Ruling; Marriages May Start Next Week

Filed by John M. Becker | August 13, 2014 | 12:10 PM | comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has refused to stay its ruling striking down Virginia's marriage discrimination amendment. Marriages begin next week unless the Supreme Court stops them.Read More


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Marriage Equality Finally Loses One in Court

Filed by John M. Becker | August 12, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's finally happened: for the first time since Windsor, a judge has ruled in favor of a state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Aussie Girl Wraps Up Marriage Letter-Writing Campaign

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Last week an eight-year-old Aussie girl launched a weeklong letter-writing campaign asking the prime minister to help pass marriage equality. Here are the rest of her notes.Read More


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Ian McKellen Helps Gay Man With Marriage Proposal

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

For what may be the most epic YouTube marriage proposal yet, Brett Lotriot enlisted the help of an international celebrity and gay icon.Read More


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Half of Hispanics Support Marriage Equality, Poll Says

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2014 | 7:30 PM | comments

According to a new CBS poll, a full 50% of Hispanics support marriage equality. Read More


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Yup, NOM is Boycotting Target

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Just as predicted, the haters at the National Organization for Marriage are launching a boycott of Target after the retailer came out for marriage equality.Read More


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Girl Writes to Anti-Gay PM Asking for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | August 07, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

An eight-year-old Australian girl with gay uncles is determined to change her prime minister's mind on marriage equality.Read More


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Dozens of TX Republicans Say Marriage Equality = Incest

Filed by John M. Becker | August 07, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

A group of 63 Texas Republicans have signed onto an astonishingly bigoted legal brief linking marriage equality with "bigamy, incest, pedophilia, and group marriage."Read More


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Marriage Equality Oral Arguments: Audio, Analysis

Filed by John M. Becker | August 06, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

The oral arguments at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals have concluded. (Listen to audio here!) Analysts are predicting a 2-1 ruling - they're just not sure which side will win.Read More


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Target Goes to Bat for Marriage in Wisconsin & Indiana

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

Retail giant Target is boldly declaring its support for marriage equality -- not just because it's good for business, but because it's the right thing to do.Read More


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All Eyes on Ohio: Marriage Equality Goes to Court

Filed by John M. Becker | August 06, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

All eyes are on Cincinnati, Ohio, where arguments will take place in federal appeals court today in marriage equality cases from four states.Read More


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Australia's Parliament Will Vote on Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

After several years of mounting public pressure, it's looking likely that lawmakers in Australia will finally be able to vote on marriage equality.Read More


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Fourth Florida Judge Strikes Down State Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 5:20 PM | comments

A state judge in Palm Beach County has ruled that the state's marriage discrimination amendment is unconstitutional. This is the fourth such ruling in as many weeks.Read More


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Marriage Equality: From Paper to Practice

Filed by Mark Segal | August 05, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Who would have thought that a broken arm would lead anyone to appreciate marriage equality?Read More


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Two More Marriage Cases Now On Supremes' Doorstep

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

Two more marriage equality cases (Oklahoma and Virginia) are now on the doorstep of the United States Supreme Court, with another six potentially on the way.Read More


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Florida Marriage Ban Struck Down for the Third Time

Filed by John M. Becker | August 04, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

For the third time in as many weeks, a state judge in Florida has ruled the state's marriage discrimination amendment unconstitutional. The ruling has been stayed pending appeal.Read More


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Hey Pam Bondi, Stop Defending Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | August 03, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has chosen to pander to the anti-LGBT base of the Republican Party rather than obey the United States Constitution.Read More


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Gays Fuel Wedding Surge in California

Filed by John M. Becker | August 01, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last year was shaping up to be a difficult one for California's wedding industry... until the U.S. Supreme Court restored marriage equality.Read More