Politics: 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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Philly City Council Unanimously Approves Hate Crimes Law

Filed by John M. Becker | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last night the Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved a measure that makes it a crime to harm someone based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or disabilities.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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NC: Cosmo's 'Party Bus' to Shuttle Students to Polls

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Well, here's something you don't see every election cycle...Read More


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Annise Parker: Houston Will Withdraw Subpoenas of Pastors

Filed by John M. Becker | October 29, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today that the city will withdraw the subpoenas of five pastors it issued in its effort to defend itself against a lawsuit over an equal rights ordinance.Read More


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Gay Surrogacy Bill Clears First Hurdle in Israel

Filed by John M. Becker | October 28, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Israel's parliament has overwhelmingly given initial approval to a measure that would allow same-sex couples to have children via surrogacy.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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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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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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Wingnut Week In Review: Gay Gremlins

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 25, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Calling gay people names is nothing new. We've been called many things throughout the ages. But "gremlins"? That's a new one.Read More


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If You Think Your Status Will Protect You...

Filed by Bil Browning | October 24, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

For those with the privilege of living in a pro-LGBT area or with enough money or upward mobility, it's easy to forget that discrimination still exists - until it slaps you in the face.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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WI City Councilman Asks Random Muslim Woman to Condemn Terrorism

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

Chris Wery, an alderman on the Green Bay, Wisconsin city council, is facing criticism after asking a random Muslim city resident to condemn terrorism.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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First-Ever International Trans Military Conference Held in D.C.

Filed by John M. Becker | October 20, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Today in Washington, D.C., the American Civil Liberties Union and the Palm Center held the first-ever international conference of transgender military service members on U.S. soil.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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Advocate Sues FDA Over MSM Blood Ban

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 20, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Is the FDA just nostalgic for the Reagan years or does it see all LGBT people as diseased and unworthy of blood donation? We will soon find out.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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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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Week In Review: If Ebola Doesn't Kill You, Wingnuttery Will

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 19, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Republicans finally have something to run on: fear. This week, it's fear of Ebola. Of course, right-wing fear-mongers always leave out how conservatism made the Ebola crisis possible. 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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Can Rick Weiland Save the Senate?

Filed by Bil Browning | October 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Weiland may be the candidate everyone wrote off, but ends up saving the Senate from Republican control.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


Barney Frank Tells Half a Story

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

I believe that the failure of ENDA in 2010 must be squarely placed on its prime sponsor in the House, Barney Frank. Perhaps he is bringing up 2007 to blow smoke over the 2010 failure?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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Florida Gov. Throws Epic Diva Tantrum, Possibly Also the Election

Filed by John M. Becker | October 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

At last night's Florida gubernatorial debate, Republican Rick Scott refused to go onstage and debate his opponent, Democrat Charlie Crist... because Crist had a fan under his podium.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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Kyrgyzstan Gives Initial Approval to Anti-Gay Law

Filed by John M. Becker | October 15, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan gave overwhelming initial approval today to a proposed Russian-style "gay propaganda" ban.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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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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The Brown Terrorists Are Coming!

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 14, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Islamic State and so-called "illegals" are not coming for you. Stupid governance is.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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The 5 Worst Things the GOP Has Promised to Do

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 12, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

If the GOP wins big next month, the Senate may no longer be a firewall against that party's worst excesses. That job will fall to President Obama, his veto pen, and his willingness to use it.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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Estonia Approves Civil Unions

Filed by John M. Becker | October 09, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Today, lawmakers in the Baltic country of Estonia narrowly passed a bill legalizing civil unions. The nation becomes the first former Soviet republic to legally recognize the relationships of same-gender couples.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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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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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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100 Lashes for Gay Sex in Aceh, Indonesia

Filed by John M. Becker | October 07, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A new law in Indonesia, based on Islamic Shariah law, punishes gay and lesbian sex with 100 lashes of the cane or 100 months in jail.Read More


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As Corporations Abandon ALEC, States Are Stuck With It

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 07, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Corporations that continue to support ALEC risk damage to their brands. States that enact ALEC's economic agenda risk damage to their economies.Read More


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ENDA For All

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 07, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Congress should improve workplace conditions in 2014 by passing ENDA and ending discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. And Congress should see that the legislation does more.Read More


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Wingnut Week in Review: Intruder Alert

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 06, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Given their longstanding loathing for him, it was touching to see so many right-wingers express concern for President Obama's safety last week.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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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