Marriage Equality: October 2014

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Marriage Equality Round-Up: Idaho, Kansas

Filed by John M. Becker | October 31, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

In Kansas, a federal judge will hear oral arguments in an ACLU suit challenging the state's marriage ban today, and Idaho Governor Butch Otter is vowing to continue his fruitless fight against equal marriage rights.Read More


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Edie Windsor to Rick Scott: Stop Fighting Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | October 30, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

"My dear Governor Scott, I implore you to use the power of your office to allow loving couples to marry now in your state."Read More


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Kooky Kansas Couple Wants Judge to Stop Gays From Stealing Their Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 30, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Phillip and Sandra Unruh, the Kansas couple who thinks allowing same-sex couples to marry amounts to a literal theft of their own marriage, filed their federal court amicus brief yesterday.Read More


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Florida Reporter Slams Rick Scott on Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | October 28, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Michael Putney, a veteran reporter in Miami, slammed Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott on live TV for Scott's "appalling" refusal to take responsibility for his role in preventing marriage equality.Read More


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Fifth Circuit Sets Date for TX, LA Marriage Arguments

Filed by John M. Becker | October 28, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively set a date for oral arguments in the Texas and Louisiana marriage cases.Read More


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Archbishop Rips Catholic University on Same-Sex Benefits

Filed by John M. Becker | October 28, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Nebraska's Creighton University -- a private Catholic school -- will now allow employees to cover their same-sex spouses under the school's health plan.Read More


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Support for Marriage Equality 'Nearly Universal' Among College Freshmen

Filed by John M. Becker | October 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Support for marriage equality is so overwhelming among incoming college students that one prominent national opinion poll isn't even going to bother asking about it anymore.Read More


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Ted Olson: We've Passed 'Point of No Return' on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Conservative Republican mega-lawyer and marriage equality advocate Ted Olson says recent moves by the Supreme Court show we've passed the "point of no return" on marriage.Read More


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U.S. Now Recognizing Marriages in 6 More States

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

The United States government will recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in an additional 6 states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.Read More


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Westboro Baptist Seeks to Intervene in KS Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Westboro Baptist Church filed a brief yesterday seeking to intervene in Kansas's marriage equality case.Read More


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Pope Francis Slams 'Bastardized' Marriages

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

In remarks delivered Saturday, Pope Francis bemoaned the growing divide between civil and religious marriage and slammed as "bastardized" any definitions of marriage and family that do not comport with those of the Catholic Church.Read More


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Judge Rejects KS Couple's Bid to Intervene in Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has blocked a bid by Phillip and Sandra Unruh, a married, straight, Christian Kansas couple, to intervene as opponents in the ACLU's marriage equality case. The Unruhs say same-sex marriage represents a theft of their marriage.Read More


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Methodist Church Affirms Reinstatement of Pro-Gay Pastor

Filed by John M. Becker | October 27, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

The top court in the United Methodist Church has allowed Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating at his gay son's wedding, to remain a pastor.Read More


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An Unconventional Wedding Announcement

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 26, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

While we're genuinely happy for those who celebrate the coming of marriage equality, we don't believe we've "won the fight."Read More


Same-Sex Adoption Now Legal in Utah

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

The Utah Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex adoption in the Beehive State.Read More


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NC GOP Wants to Create Special Opt-Out Rights for Anti-Gay Officials

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

North Carolina's Senate Majority Leader plans to introduce a bill creating a special right for anti-gay state officials to opt out of performing civil same-sex marriages.Read More


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Alaska Still Fighting Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | October 23, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The state of Alaska is still fighting marriage equality, asking a larger panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court to rehear the state's same-sex marriage case.Read More


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Kooky Straight Couple Claims Same-Sex Couples Want to Steal Their Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 23, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

No, seriously, this is an argument made in a legal motion by a straight couple seeking to intervene in the ACLU's federal marriage equality case in Kansas.Read More


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Idaho Gov. Resumes Fight Against Marriage Equality

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

Idaho Governor Butch Otter will ask a larger panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to rehear the state's marriage equality case.Read More


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BREAKING: Federal Judge Upholds Puerto Rico Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | October 21, 2014 | 8:15 PM | comments

A federal judge in Puerto Rico has upheld the commonwealth's discriminatory marriage laws.Read More


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Marriage Equality in Wyoming! What's Next?

Filed by John M. Becker | October 21, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Marriage equality has come to Wyoming... so what state will be next?Read More


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Elvis Won't Marry Same-Sex Couples Because Jesus

Filed by John M. Becker | October 20, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

In Vegas, some wedding chapels will allow you to get married with Elvis and hula dancers... unless you're a same-sex couple. Because marriage is sacred.Read More


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Edie Windsor's Lawyer Sues Mississippi for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 20, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Roberta Kaplan, who successfully represented Edie Windsor before the Supreme Court, has filed a federal lawsuit to end marriage discrimination in Mississippi.Read More


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BREAKING: Wyoming Marriages Will Start Tomorrow

Filed by John M. Becker | October 20, 2014 | 2:25 PM | comments

The state of Wyoming will formally notify a federal court tomorrow morning that it will not appeal a ruling striking down marriage discrimination. Marriages will be able to begin at that time.Read More


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Gay Russian Asylum-Seekers Marry in D.C.

Filed by John M. Becker | October 20, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Bilerico guest blogger and gay Russian asylum-seeker Andrew Nasonov married his fiancé, Igor Bazilevsky, in a private ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Editor-in-Chief John Becker officiated.Read More


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Rome's Mayor Defies Government, Registers Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | October 20, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The mayor of Rome, Italy defied his national government on Saturday by registering the legal marriages of 16 same-sex couples performed abroad.Read More


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Vote to Move Virginia Forward in November

Filed by Michael Hamar | October 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Virginians who want to move the state forward need to get out and vote next month for Democrats Mark Warner and Suzanne Patrick.Read More


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Roll Over, Jesse: Marriage Equality Comes to NC

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 18, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) often boasted that if disliking homosexuals made him a bigot, so be it. He was proud of it. Now he's buried in a marriage equality state.Read More


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Judge: Wyoming Has to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 17, 2014 | 4:40 PM | comments

A federal judge in Wyoming has just ruled that the Equality State cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Marriage equality should be coming soon!Read More


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BREAKING: Supreme Court Denies Alaska Stay Request

Filed by John M. Becker | October 17, 2014 | 3:10 PM | comments

The full U.S. Supreme Court has just denied Alaska's request to stay a ruling bringing marriage equality to the state. It can now take effect.Read More


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Two NC Magistrates Resign Rather Than Marry Gay Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | October 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

In North Carolina, at least two magistrates, whose responsibilities include performing civil marriages, have resigned rather than comply with the law and perform marriages for same-sex couples.Read More


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BREAKING: Arizona Will Not Appeal; Marriages Start Now

Filed by John M. Becker | October 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has just announced that he will not appeal a ruling striking down marriage discrimination. Couples will be able to get marriage licenses immediately.Read More


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U.S. Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in 7 More States

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

The United States government will recognize same-sex marriages in an additional seven states, Attorney General Eric Holder announced today. Read More


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BREAKING: Arizona Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | October 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down Arizona's marriage discrimination amendment. He did not stay his ruling, so Arizona is the 31st marriage equality state.Read More


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Wyoming Marriage Ruling Coming by Monday

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

A federal judge in Wyoming says he'll issue an order by Monday at 5:00 p.m. local time in a marriage equality case that could bring the freedom to marry to the Cowboy State.Read More


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North Carolina: No Special Rights for Anti-Gay Officials

Filed by John M. Becker | October 16, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

The state of North Carolina has informed magistrates that they must comply with the law and perform marriages for same-sex couples, or they will be disciplined.Read More


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Maggie Gallagher Is a Miserable Person

Filed by John M. Becker | October 14, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Maggie Gallagher hinted this morning that she's "losing her religion" because the Catholic Church may be poised to become marginally less hostile towards gays, divorced people, and unmarried couples.Read More


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Idaho Governor Admits Defeat on Marriage, Temporarily

Filed by John M. Becker | October 14, 2014 | 4:50 PM | comments

Idaho Governor Butch Otter admitted this afternoon that, at least for now, he will not be able to stop same-sex couples from marrying in the state. Same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses starting tomorrow.Read More


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Arizona Gay Couple Gets Do-Over Wedding Ceremony

Filed by John M. Becker | October 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The gay couple from Arizona whose dream wedding last August was interrupted by a homophobic heckler got a do-over on Saturday, thanks to the caring community of Coronado, California.Read More


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Florida AG Asks State Supremes to Settle Marriage Issue

Filed by John M. Becker | October 14, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Anti-gay Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked the state's Supreme Court to settle the issue of marriage equality.Read More


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NC Magistrate Refuses to Marry Gay Couple

Filed by John M. Becker | October 14, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

A magistrate in Pasquotank County, North Carolina refused to marry a same-sex couple - part of his official duties - because he said the wedding violated his religious beliefs.Read More


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BREAKING: Idaho Weddings Begin Wednesday; WI Recognizes June Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | October 13, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Legal same-sex marriages will begin in Idaho on Wednesday morning. In Wisconsin, Governor Walker announced that the state will recognize all legal marriages performed during the June window.Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Forever Hold Their Peace

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 13, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last week, the sound of wedding bells ringing across the country was punctuated by the sound of wingnut heads exploding on Twitter.Read More


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BREAKING: Alaska's Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | October 12, 2014 | 7:30 PM | comments

Sarah Palin can see same-sex marriage from her house!Read More


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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Coming to North Carolina, Idaho

Filed by John M. Becker | October 10, 2014 | 5:45 PM | comments

Capping off an incredible week for the freedom-to-marry movement, marriage equality is on its way to Idaho and North Carolina.Read More


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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to Nevada

Filed by John M. Becker | October 09, 2014 | 8:00 PM | comments

Nevada has officially become a marriage equality state.Read More


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Marriage Is Back in Nevada; North Carolina Still Fighting

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

The confusion around same-sex marriage in Nevada seems to be coming to an end. In North Carolina, Republicans are still fighting marriage equality. Read More


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BREAKING: West Virginia Will No Longer Fight Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | October 09, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia's Republican Attorney General, says he will no longer fight to uphold the state's marriage discrimination law.Read More


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South Carolina Supremes Press Pause on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 09, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered clerks not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But while this is definitely an annoyance, it's only a temporary one.Read More


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Supreme Court Error Accidentally Halted Marriage in Nevada

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

Same-sex marriages in Nevada were briefly halted yesterday because an order from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy contained an error.Read More


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Largest County in Kansas Gets Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | October 08, 2014 | 4:50 PM | comments

A judge in Johnson County, Kansas has ordered the clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Read More


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BREAKING: Marriage On Again in Nevada

Filed by John M. Becker | October 08, 2014 | 3:40 PM | comments

Justice Anthony Kennedy has lifted his stay on the Ninth Circuit's pro-marriage equality ruling as it applies to Nevada, allowing same-sex marriages to begin there. Idaho is still on hold.Read More


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5th Circuit Fast-Tracks Texas, Louisiana Marriage Cases

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

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to fast-track its review of two district court rulings in marriage equality cases from Texas and Louisiana.Read More


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Same-Sex Marriage vs. Interracial Marriage

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

"[In] in terms of public opinion, same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 90s, when it had already been legal nationwide for 30 years."Read More


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Utah Lawmaker Files Bill to Call Same-Sex Marriages 'Pairages'

Filed by John M. Becker | October 08, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Utah State Representative Kraig Powell - a Republican, of course - wants to redefine marriage in the Beehive State, for the sole purpose of denigrating same-sex couples.Read More


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Marriages Start in South Carolina; SCOTUS Stays 9th

Filed by John M. Becker | October 08, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

This morning saw the first marriage license issued to a same-sex couple in South Carolina, and a stay of yesterday's ruling striking down marriage discrimination in Idaho and Nevada.Read More


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SCOTUS Weds Marriage Equality to Economic Justice

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 07, 2014 | 5:45 PM | comments

The Supreme Court's decision to let lower court rulings in favor of marriage equality stand effectively weds equality to economic justice for LGBT families in more states.Read More


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BREAKING: 9th Circuit Strikes Down NV, ID Marriage Bans

Filed by John M. Becker | October 07, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has just unanimously struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada.Read More


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'Incredibly Joyous' Windsor Visits Star-Struck Maddow

Filed by John M. Becker | October 07, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

On her show last night, Rachel Maddow discussed yesterday's dramatic marriage equality news with Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan.Read More


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Marriages to Resume in Wisconsin, Virginia

Filed by John M. Becker | October 06, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Four counties in Wisconsin are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of today's Supreme Court action. Marriages will begin this afternoon in Virginia as well.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS DENIES REVIEW in All Marriage Cases

Filed by John M. Becker | October 06, 2014 | 9:50 AM | comments

BREAKING: The Supreme Court has denied cert in the marriage equality cases, restoring the freedom to marry in Wisconsin, Indiana, Utah, Virginia, and Oklahoma.Read More


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Bachmann: Actually, I Still Support Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | October 05, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Relax, folks: Michele Bachmann wants everyone to know she still supports marriage discrimination. Quelle surprise! Read More


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BREAKING: State Judge Moves Marriage Recognition Forward in Missouri

Filed by John M. Becker | October 03, 2014 | 4:25 PM | comments

A state court judge has just ordered Missouri to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples performed elsewhere.Read More


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Gay Couple Heckled at Wedding Will Get a Do-Over

Filed by John M. Becker | October 03, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The community of Coronado, California is banding together to hold a "do-over" wedding for an Arizona gay couple whose ceremony was ruined by a cowardly homophobic heckler.Read More


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SCOTUS Will Take Up Marriage Equality, Scalia Hints

Filed by John M. Becker | October 03, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Justice Antonin Scalia strongly hinted this week that the Supreme Court will take up the issue of marriage equality this term.Read More