Marriage Equality: September 2014

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As the Supreme Court Meets, Here's a Poem Celebrating Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 29, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today, as the Supreme Court meets for the first time and has a chance to consider whether to take up marriage equality, here's a powerful poem celebrating the beautiful freedom to marry.Read More


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Bachmann: Marriage Equality is 'Not An Issue Anymore'

Filed by John M. Becker | September 26, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Even Michele Bachmann, who literally built her career on scapegoating and demonizing gay people, now sees the writing on the wall on marriage equality.Read More


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You Don't Need to Freak Out About That Pew Poll

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

A new Pew Poll reports a dip in Americans' support for marriage equality under the 50-percent mark. Sure, it sounds ominous, but here's why you don't need to freak out.Read More


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Locals Rally Around Couple After Bigot Ruins Wedding

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

Citizens and businesses in Coronado, California are rallying behind a gay couple from Arizona whose wedding was interrupted by a homophobic heckler. Police are also investigating.Read More


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Marriage Equality Could End in Iowa, Candidate Warns

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Democratic candidate for Iowa governor is warning that if Republicans sweep state elections this fall, the party will try to repeal marriage equality by constitutional amendment.Read More


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Anti-Gay Aussie PM to Little Girl: No Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tony Abbott, the anti-LGBT prime minister of Australia, has responded to an eight-year-old girl who wrote asking him to support marriage equality.Read More


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CA Wedding Interrupted by Hateful Anti-Gay Slurs

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 10:15 AM | comments

An Arizona gay couple's dream wedding in Coronado, California last month turned ugly when an anonymous heckler repeatedly interrupted the ceremony with hateful anti-gay slurs.Read More


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Catholic Priest to Gay Couple: Get Divorced & You Can Have Communion

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A Catholic priest in Montana is telling an elderly married gay couple that they are banned from receiving Communion unless they divorce, lived separately, and publicly renounce their marriage. Because Jesus.Read More


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Louisiana State Judge Strikes Down Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | September 22, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Less than three weeks after a federal judge upheld Louisiana's marriage discrimination amendment, a state judge has struck it down.Read More


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Former Aussie PM Admits Marriage Equality is Inevitable

Filed by John M. Becker | September 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia and an opponent of marriage equality, now admits that it's coming to the Land Down Under and "most parts of the developed world."Read More


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Justice Kagan Officiates Her First Same-Sex Wedding

Filed by John M. Becker | September 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, Justice Elena Kagan became the third member of the United States Supreme Court to officiate at a same-sex wedding.Read More


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New Group Encourages Evangelicals to Embrace Equality

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

A new group that launched earlier this month is hoping to create space in evangelical Christianity for believers to embrace civil marriage equality, regardless of their positions on the religious definition of marriage.Read More


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Hatred and Bigotry: It's All They Have Left

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

After decades of trying, opponents of marriage equality have never been able to prove that marriage equality harms anyone. Strip away their hyperinflated, doom-and-gloom hysteria and hatred is all they have left.Read More


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Ahead of Vote, Polls Show Ireland Supports Equal Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 18, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Ahead of next year's marriage equality referendum in Ireland, polls show that a strong majority of the Irish people support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.Read More


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Mississippi GOP Governor: No Gay Divorce

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

Phil Bryant, the anti-LGBT Republican governor of Mississippi, is asking his state's supreme court to deny the appeal of a lesbian woman who is seeking recognition of her same-sex marriage so that she can get a divorce.Read More


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Bigger Love? Same-Sex Marriage and the Poly Problem

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

If adults hold a fundamental right to marry, what prevents polygamy? Nothing. And it is the same-sex marriage cases themselves, along with other gay and women's rights cases, which have gutted any meaningful grounds for opposition.Read More


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ACLU Sues to Force WI to Recognize Its Own Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The ACLU is suing the state of Wisconsin in federal court, seeking to compel the state to recognize hundreds of legal same-sex marriages performed in June.Read More


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Ginsburg: For Clues on Marriage Timing, Watch 6th Circuit

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Justice Ginsburg told an audience in Minnesota last night to watch the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for clues about how soon SCOTUS will take up marriage equality.Read More


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Wisconsin AG Asks for Extra Stay of Marriage Ruling

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

Even though there's a lower court stay in place, Wisconsin's anti-gay attorney general has requested an additional stay from the 7th Circuit to make doubly sure no same-sex couples can marry.Read More


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Bachmann: Youth Totally Don't Care About Marriage Equality Anymore

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

She's wrong, of course, but the fact that she'd rather change the subject than bash the gays shows that we're getting somewhere.Read More


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SCOTUSblog: Arizona Marriage Ban Likely to Fall

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

Lyle Denniston, one of the legal eagles over at SCOTUSblog, says that a federal court ruling last week shows that the state's marriage discrimination amendment is likely to fall.Read More


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7th Circuit Stays Indiana Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

This morning, as expected, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed its ruling overturning marriage discrimination in Indiana, pending final resolution by the Supreme Court.Read More


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Ben & Jerry's Joins Pro-Marriage Equality SCOTUS Brief

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

Ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry's has signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize marriage equality nationwide.Read More


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Federal Judge Orders AZ to Respect Gay Man's Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 12, 2014 | 3:55 PM | comments

A federal judge has ordered the state of Arizona to recognize the marriage of Fred McGuire to his late husband George Martinez, who died of cancer last month. Read More


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WI Judges Grant Adoption Rights to Married Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | September 12, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality may be on hold in Wisconsin, but that isn't stopping some judges from recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex couples in the adoption process.Read More


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IN Will Recognize Terminally Ill Lesbian's Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The state of Indiana has agreed to recognize a lesbian couple's legal out-of-state marriage, even as it continues to fight marriage equality in the federal courts.Read More


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Straight Guys to Marry for Rugby Tickets, Outraging LGBT Groups

Filed by John M. Becker | September 11, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Tomorrow, in a move that's horrifying local LGBT advocacy groups, two straight male New Zealanders will marry to score rugby tickets as part of a radio station promotion.Read More


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BREAKING: Supreme Court Will Consider Marriage Cases This Month

Filed by John M. Becker | September 10, 2014 | 4:37 PM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has formally listed all marriage cases with cert petitions pending for consideration on September 29, at its very first conference after coming back from summer recess.Read More


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Indiana, Wisconsin AGs Take Marriage Fight to SCOTUS

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 1:15 PM | comments

Republican Attorneys General in Wisconsin and Indiana have formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse pro-equality federal court rulings. There are now 5 state marriage cases on the Court's doorstep.Read More


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Walker Takes the Coward's Way Out on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

In fighting marriage equality, Scott Walker is throwing Wisconsin's LGBT community under the bus in service of his presidential ambitions. He's just too much of a coward to admit it.Read More


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Two Women in Their 90s Marry After 72 Years Together

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Here's a story that'll warm your heart: last weekend, a lesbian couple in their 90s tied the knot at a church in Davenport, Iowa after an incredible 72 years together.Read More


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Marriage Equality Has Another Great Day in Appeals Court

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, marriage discrimination laws in Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii had their day in federal appeals court, and as expected, it did not go well for opponents of the freedom to marry. Read More


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Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka Marry in Italy

Filed by John M. Becker | September 08, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are one of America's favorite gay couples, and last weekend they tied the knot in Italy.Read More


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Former Exodus Leader Randy Thomas Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 08, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Randy Thomas, the former executive vice president of the now-defunct "ex-gay" group Exodus International, now supports civil marriage equality for same-sex couples.Read More


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WATCH LIVE: Marriage Equality at the Ninth Circuit

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

Today's the day when the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments in marriage equality cases from Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii. Listen live here at 4:00 P.M. Eastern.Read More


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Corporations, Religious Groups File Dueling SCOTUS Briefs on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 07, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A group of thirty major corporations and a coalition of conservative religious groups have filed opposing briefs with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to settle the issue of marriage equality this next term.Read More


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Florida Appeals Federal Pro-Marriage Equality Ruling

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

Officials in Florida announced yesterday that they have appealed a federal court ruling striking down that state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More


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32 States Ask SCOTUS to Rule on Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 05, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, attorneys general from 32 states filed two separate briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to rule on same-sex marriage.Read More


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BREAKING: 7th Circuit Upholds Pro-Equality Rulings in WI, IN

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2014 | 3:12 PM | comments

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has just unanimously affirmed that marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional.Read More


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Justice Ginsburg Will Perform Another Same-Sex Wedding

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has officiated at three same-sex weddings since the Court's landmark Windsor decision last June. This weekend, she will perform her fourth.Read More


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BREAKING: Federal Judge UPHOLDS Louisiana Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | September 03, 2014 | 12:35 PM | comments

For the first time since Windsor, a federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of a state marriage discrimination amendment. Read More


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Mexican State of Coahuila Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 02, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Mexican state of Coahuila has legalized marriage equality. This is the first time the freedom to marry has been enacted legislatively in that country.Read More


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Marriage Supporters Win the Lottery at Ninth Circuit

Filed by John M. Becker | September 02, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced the judges that will hear oral arguments in marriage cases from Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii. And from the looks of things, equality supporters have won the lottery... again.Read More