Marriage Equality: January 2015

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AL Judge Clarifies: All Counties Must Issue Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Alabama judge who struck down that state's marriage discrimination amendment twice in the past week clarified today that her ruling applies statewide, not just to the plaintiff couples.Read More


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Alabama Judge Again Strikes Down Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | January 27, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

For the second time in four days, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade has struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment. Like the previous decision, today's ruling has been stayed until February 9.Read More


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Marriage in Alabama: A Heart Attack in the Heart of Dixie

Filed by Leslie Robinson | January 27, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

When U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade struck down marriage discrimination in Alabama, there was a collective heart attack in the Heart of Dixie.Read More


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Alabama Marriage Ruling Stayed for Two Weeks

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2015 | 9:30 AM | comments

There won't be any same-sex couples getting married in Alabama today - last night, the judge who struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment stayed her ruling for two weeks to give the state time to appeal to the 11th Circuit. Read More


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Alabama Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2015 | 7:10 PM | comments

A federal judge has struck down Alabama's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional, ruling that it violates the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantees of due process and equal protection.Read More


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Colin Farrell Passionately Backs Marriage in Ireland

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

Actor Colin Farrell, who has a gay brother, is speaking out passionately in favor of marriage equality in his native Ireland.Read More


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Chile Advances, Macedonia Regresses on Relationship Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2015 | 11:00 AM | comments

A civil unions bill advances in Chile, but a marriage discrimination amendment moves forward in Macedonia.Read More


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Ireland's Health Minister Comes Out as Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2015 | 9:00 AM | comments

Ireland's Minister of Health, Leo Varadkar, came out as gay on Sunday. He is the country's first openly gay government minister.Read More


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Holder: Feds Will Back Marriage Equality at SCOTUS

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2015 | 7:00 PM | comments

"We expect to file a 'friend of the court' brief... that will urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans."Read More


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What if We Lose at the Supreme Court?

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM | comments

Marriage equality advocates are optimistic about our chances in front of the Supreme Court this spring. But it never hurts to ask: what happens if we lose? Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson has an answer.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS GRANTS REVIEW in Marriage Cases

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2015 | 3:32 PM | comments

This just in: the U.S. Supreme Court has just agreed to hear the Sixth Circuit marriage cases, meaning we're likely to get a decision on nationwide marriage equality by June.Read More


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Michael Sam Proposes... Atop St. Peter's Basilica

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

Eat your heart out, Pope Francis!Read More


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NC Catholic Diocese Fires Gay Teacher for Marriage Plans

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2015 | 1:30 PM | comments

In the latest salvo in the Catholic hierarchy's unholy crusade against LGBT people, families, and allies, the Catholic Archdiocese of Charlotte, North Carolina has fired a gay teacher because of his decision to marry his partner later this year.Read More


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Judge Orders Michigan to Recognize 300 Legal Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | January 15, 2015 | 11:15 AM | comments

A federal judge ruled today that Michigan must recognize the approximately 300 legal same-sex marriages performed in the state in March. The ruling has been stayed.Read More


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BREAKING: South Dakota Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | January 12, 2015 | 3:45 PM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down South Dakota's marriage discrimination amendment. The ruling has been stayed.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS Takes No Action on 6th Circuit Marriage Cases

Filed by John M. Becker | January 12, 2015 | 9:40 AM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court did not include any of the 6th Circuit marriage equality cases on its orders list this morning, so the wait continues to see whether or not the justices will take up a freedom-to-marry case this term.Read More


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Irish Priest Comes Out at Mass, Gets Standing Ovation

Filed by John M. Becker | January 11, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

A Catholic priest in Dublin, Ireland came out as gay to his parishioners at Mass, declared his support for marriage equality, and urged them to vote for the freedom to marry.Read More


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LISTEN: 5th Circuit Seems Poised to Rule for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | January 09, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

Oral arguments at the Fifth Circuit are over, and observers predict the panel is likely to rule 2-1 in favor of marriage equality. The U.S. Supreme Court took no action today.Read More


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Big Day for Marriage Equality Today

Filed by John M. Becker | January 09, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today is a big day in the push for nationwide marriage equality, in the Fifth Circuit and at the U.S. Supreme Court.Read More


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Juror's Verdict Is for Marriage Equality

Filed by Norm Kent | January 08, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

We can be proud this day has come, prouder still that so many have journeyed so far to see it through.Read More


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Mississippi Marriage Plaintiff Couple Speaks Out

Filed by John M. Becker | January 07, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ahead of Friday's federal appeals court oral arguments in the Mississippi marriage case, USA Today spoke with one of the plaintiff couples.Read More


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Miami Archdiocese Threatens to Fire Employees Who Publicly Back Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | January 06, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

As the freedom to marry comes to Florida, the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami is warning its employees that they may be fired if they publicly support marriage equality -- even on their personal social media pages.Read More


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14 FL Counties Stop Weddings to Avoid Serving Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | January 05, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

In Florida, a number of county clerks - mostly in the state's conservative panhandle - are choosing to stop holding courthouse marriage ceremonies altogether rather than holding them for gay couples.Read More


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BREAKING: Marriage Comes Early to Miami-Dade County

Filed by John M. Becker | January 05, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

A state judge in Florida has lifted her stay on a pro-marriage equality ruling, meaning that same-sex couples in Miami-Dade County will be able to start marrying half a day earlier than the rest of the Sunshine State.Read More


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Marriage and Borders

Filed by John M. Becker | January 04, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

As a geography geek, I've always been fascinated with borders. But when my now-husband and I wanted to get married, my relationship with them became a whole lot more complicated.Read More