Marriage Equality: November 2014

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Slovakia Holding Referendum on Marriage Next Year

Filed by John M. Becker | November 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Legislative gay-bashing continues in Slovakia: the country's president announced last week that there will be a national voter referendum on same-sex marriage in February.Read More


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Finland Passes Marriage Equality

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

Marriage equality has arrived on Russia's doorstep: lawmakers in Finland passed a gender-neutral marriage bill this afternoon by a vote of 105-92.Read More


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Mississippi Will Appeal Pro-Marriage Equality Ruling

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

The state of Mississippi filed notice today that it will appeal last night's pro-marriage equality federal court ruling to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Read More


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Mississippi Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | November 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Last night, just hours after a federal judge struck down marriage discrimination in Arkansas, another judge did the same in Mississippi.Read More


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Federal Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | November 25, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage. Her ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More


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HRC Launches Newest Pro-LGBT Ad in Mississippi

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

The newest ad for HRC's "All God's Children" campaign features a gay soldier expressing optimism that Mississippi will one day embrace LGBT equality.Read More


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More NC Magistrates Resign Over Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 20, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

At least ten magistrates in North Carolina have now chosen to resign rather than comply with the law and perform civil marriages for same-sex couples.Read More


Straight People Embrace Marriage Equality, Reject Gay PDA

Filed by John M. Becker | November 20, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A new study finds that most straight people say they support marriage for same-sex couples, but they also don't want to see those couples kissing or holding hands in public -- particularly if the lovebirds are men.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS Declines to Stop SC Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | November 20, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Supreme Court refused South Carolina's request for an emergency stay of a pro-marriage equality court ruling. Marriages officially begin at noon!Read More


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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Is Coming to Montana. Now.

Filed by John M. Becker | November 19, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down marriage discrimination in Montana. There is no stay, so couples can marry immediately.Read More


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NOM's Finances Imploded in 2013

Filed by John M. Becker | November 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

NOM finally released its 2013 tax returns today, and the group's financial picture isn't pretty.Read More


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Procter & Gamble Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Procter & Gamble, a multinational company that owns some of the world's best-known brands -- including Crest, Gillette, Ivory, and Tide -- is coming out in favor of marriage equality.Read More


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Marriage Equality Coming to South Carolina on Thursday

Filed by John M. Becker | November 18, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has just cleared the way for same-sex marriages in South Carolina beginning on Thursday, unless SCOTUS intervenes.Read More


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Repentant Former 'Ex-Gay' Leader John Smid Ties the Knot

Filed by John M. Becker | November 18, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Wedding bells are ringing for John Smid, the former director of "ex-gay" ministry Love in Action who renounced "ex-gay" therapy, came out of the closet, and now runs an LGBT-affirming ministry.Read More


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Charles Manson Can Marry, But Many LGBTs Cannot

Filed by Michael Knaapen | November 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Charles Manson - one of America's most objectively horrible citizens ever - is getting hitched. Where's the outrage from "marriage protectors" like Tony Perkins and Maggie Gallagher?Read More


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Marriage Equality Round-Up: Heartland Edition

Filed by John M. Becker | November 17, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Is your head spinning from marriage equality news? Here's a round-up of all the news you need to know from Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee... and Ireland.Read More


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MO Homeless Shelter Forcibly Misgenders Trans People

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

An evangelical homeless shelter in Kansas City, Missouri will only serve trans people if they present as their incorrect gender. It also refuses to house married same-sex couples together.Read More


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Michigan Claims Legal Same-Sex Marriages Are 'Void'

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

Michigan's Republican leaders are trying to undo the approximately 300 legal same-sex marriages performed in that state in March.Read More


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LGBT Advocates Preparing for Marriage Push in Northern Ireland

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

LGBT advocates in Northern Ireland - the only country in the United Kingdom that still practices marriage discrimination - are preparing a lawsuit that they hope will usher in equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS Allows Marriage Equality in Kansas

Filed by John M. Becker | November 12, 2014 | 5:40 PM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to begin marrying in Kansas.Read More


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BREAKING: South Carolina Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | November 12, 2014 | 10:15 AM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down South Carolina's 2006 marriage discrimination amendment. The ruling is stayed until November 20.Read More


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Justice Breyer Hints That SCOTUS May Take Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | November 11, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Justice Stephen Breyer hinted Sunday that the Supreme Court may be preparing to take up the issue of marriage equality.Read More


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Heartwarming Marriage Equality Ad Launches in Ireland

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

Proponents of marriage equality in Ireland released a heartwarming new ad encouraging young people to register and vote in next year's equal marriage referendum.Read More


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All Four States' Marriage Cases From 6th Circuit Headed to SCOTUS

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2014 | 3:55 PM | comments

Lawyers representing couples challenging discriminatory marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky say they'll yesterday's anti-equality 6th Circuit ruling directly to the Supreme Court.Read More


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BREAKING: U.S. Judge Strikes Down Missouri Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2014 | 11:55 AM | comments

A federal judge in Missouri has just struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More


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Protest of 6th Circuit Ruling Planned Today in Louisville

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

LGBT civil rights advocates will rally today in downtown Louisville to protest yesterday's decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding discriminatory marriage laws in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan.Read More


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Patchwork of Marriage Laws Costs Businesses Over $1B Every Year

Filed by John M. Becker | November 06, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

A new report estimates that marriage discrimination costs businesses in the private sector $1.3 billion every year -- that's $3.5 million a day.Read More


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BREAKING: Sixth Circuit Reverses Pro-Equality Rulings

Filed by John M. Becker | November 06, 2014 | 4:25 PM | comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has just reversed pro-marriage equality district court rulings in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky, upholding marriage discrimination and creating a circuit split.Read More


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BREAKING: Missouri Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 05, 2014 | 4:50 PM | comments

A state judge in Missouri has just struck down the Show-Me State's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More


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Gay Widower Makes Heartbreaking Plea for Marriage Equality

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

Jorge Goytizolo, a gay widower in Florida, makes a heartbreaking plea to Governor Rick Scott to stop blocking marriage equality.Read More


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BREAKING: Judge Blocks Kansas Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | November 04, 2014 | 3:55 PM | comments

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has just blocked Kansas from enforcing its marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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SC Wingnut: Same-Sex Marriage Would Force Me To Stop Praising Jesus

Filed by John M. Becker | November 03, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

A South Carolina man is seeking to intervene in a federal marriage recognition case, claiming that marriage equality would force him to stop worshipping the Lord and devote himself full-time to protesting and crashing same-sex weddings.Read More


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Four More NC Magistrates Resign Over Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 03, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

At least four more magistrates in North Carolina have resigned rather than comply with the law and perform civil marriages for same-sex couples.Read More