to Arkansas gay marriage ban heard
Edge, April 18, 2014
Advocates of ending Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage took their
case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at
the end of the hearing that he expected to issue a ruling within two weeks.
military families now front and center in same-sex fight
Charlotte Observer, April 18, 2014
Supporters of same-sex marriage in the Carolinas opened a new legal front
Thursday – highlighting the impact of the states’ marriage
bans on military couples.
legislature upholds ban on gay and oral sex
UPI, April 17, 2014
The Louisiana House of Representatives voted in an overwhelming majority
to retain a law banning “crimes against nature” that includes
not only oral sex but all forms of gay and lesbian sex as well.
court set to hear arguments in Oklahoma gay marriage case
PinkNews.co.uk, April 17, 2014
The same appeals court which last week heard arguments around Ohio’s
same-sex marriage ban one week ago is now gearing up to do the same for
White House scrambled after Joe Biden's gay marriage comments
Politico.com, April 17, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden really did get ahead of President Barack Obama
on accepting gay marriage in 2012 — and the White House really wasn’t
happy about it, despite the two leaders’ many attempts to claim
otherwise. That’s the story laid out in Jo Becker’s new book,
“Forcing the Spring.”
gay marriage ban could hinge on appeals court ruling
Denver Post, April 17, 2014
A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on gay marriage bans in
two states could allow Colorado same-sex couples to hold nuptials before
the end of summer, some experts say.
conservatives group pressures GOP on gay marriage
Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2014
A new effort is being launched to try to persuade the Republican Party
to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage from the party’s platform,
a steep climb that would require overcoming social conservatives who have
dominated the GOP’s position on the issue.
official to deliver keynote at LGBT military dinner
Washington Blade, April 16, 2014
Rosemary Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military
community and family policy, is set to keynote the American Military Partner
Association’s national gala dinner on May 17 at the Liaison Hotel
on Capitol Hill.
Tax Day, same-sex marriage supporters protest state's tax laws
WMBFNews.com, April 16, 2014
A group that represents South Carolina's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
community partnered with ACLU of South Carolina to protest what they say
are unfair marriage and tax laws.
couples sue to force Michigan to recognize their marriages
On Top Magazine, April 16, 2014
The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday
filed a lawsuit seeking to force Michigan to recognize the marriages of
more than 300 gay and lesbian couples who exchanged vows during the 24-hour
window when such unions were legal in the state.
Ohio must recognize other states' gay marriages
USA Today, April 15, 2014
A federal judge Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages
of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory
for gay-rights supporters.
Pride names Chelsea Manning ‘Honorary Grand Marshal’ again
PinkNews.co.uk, April 15, 2014
San Francisco Pride has confirmed that Wikileaks soldier Chelsea Manning
will be Honorary Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, after similar
plans were scuppered last year.
seeks state benefits for Michigan marriages
Washington Blade, April 15, 2014
A new lawsuit was filed Monday seeking to extend state benefits to the
more than 300 same-sex couples who wed in Michigan on the single day the
state enjoyed marriage equality.
grants request to force Indiana to recognize couple's same-sex marriage
IndyStar.com, April 15, 2014
A federal judge's ruling Thursday did more than order Indiana to immediately
recognize the out-of-state same-sex marriage of a Munster couple. It joins
the raft of legal decisions nationally pushing the issue closer to the
steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
gay Catholics, a trip down the aisle leads to job loss
Washington Post, April 6, 2014
Last summer, Mike McMahon, 62, was fired as music director at St. Agnes
Catholic Church in Arlington after news of his marriage reached the pastor,
the Rev. Lee Roos. McMahon thought he knew the landscape and his place
in it. As a gay person, all was fine as long as he was “discreet.”
marriage battle escalates to force Supreme Court decision
Washington Post, April 10, 2013
The nationwide legal battle over same-sex marriage escalates Thursday
when a federal appeals court reviews the first in a string of unanimous
judicial rulings that state bans on gay marriage cannot stand in the wake
of last summer’s Supreme Court action.
cites urgency to overturn NC gay marriage ban
Sacramento Bee, April 10, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday launched a new legal assault
on North Carolina's constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriage,
urging a federal judge to quickly negate it to help children and gay couples
suffering from urgent health problems.
distances itself from Mark Regnerus’ anti-gay study
ThinkProgress.org, April 10, 2013
On Thursday, the state of Utah will argue that the 10th Circuit should
uphold its ban on same-sex couples marrying, but before entering the courtroom,
state officials distanced themselves Mark Regnerus’ study and its
fraudulent claims that children raised by parents in same-sex relationships
do not fare as well.
basketball player announces he's gay
Sacramento Bee, April 10, 2013
Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men's
basketball on Wednesday, making the announcement on ESPN and Outsports.
Now he hopes to inspire others in similar situations.
continues over gay content at S.C. universities
Free-Times.com, April 10, 2013
The University of South Carolina Upstate announced the cancellation Friday
of a scheduled performance of a gay-themed theatrical production —
the latest round in a series of events that suggests the controversy over
assigned reading at state universities may not quiet down any time soon.
marriage appeals move issue back toward high court
USA Today, April 9, 2014
The march toward making same-sex marriage legal nationwide takes a giant
step forward this week in one of the most conservative parts of the country.
scout leader defies sacking: ‘I will remain in my post’
PinkNews.co.uk, April 9, 2014
Geoff McGrath, 49, is the leader of a Seattle scout troop, and last week
became the first victim of BSA’s ban on gay adults, as the organization
announced his leadership had been “revoked”. He is not so
willing to go, however, and told KING5: “I have not tended my resignation.
Until I am relieved of my duty properly, I stand in my post.”
moms, a baby and a legal first for U.S. gay marriage
Reuters, April 9, 2014
Last month a baby in Tennessee made history: Emilia Maria Jesty was the
first child born in the state to have a woman listed on the birth certificate
as her "father."
Alan Simpson backs gay marriage in ad
Newsmax.com, April 8, 2014
Former Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has made a television commercial
supporting gay marriage, Politico reported. Simpson, 82, takes a matter-of-fact
"live and let live" approach to the issue. "I'm a Republican.
The party's basic core is, government out of your life and the right to
be left alone," he says.
give heartfelt send-off to couples in gay marriage case
Salt Lake Tribune, April 8, 2014
On the back of a blue paper heart, Rachel Motschiedler wrote a message
to the couples whose lawsuit toppled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages
and allowed her to wed her partner of 11 years: "Fight hard."
couples in Oklahoma case argue against state's right to define marriage
NewsOK.com, April 8, 2014
In last brief before oral arguments, couples tell federal appeals court
that states don’t have the right to violate constitutional guarantees
of due process and equal protection.
Court won't hear case of gay wedding photographer
USA Today, April 7, 2014
The Supreme Court declined Monday to decide if a New Mexico wedding photographer
was within her rights when she refused to work at a same-sex ceremony.The
denial leaves standing a decision by the state's highest court that went
against the photo studio.
leader reiterates church's opposition to marriage equality
On Top Magazine, April 7, 2014
During his Saturday address at the church's biannual general conference,
Neil L. Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve told more than 100,000 Mormons
who had gathered in Salt Lake City that “the Lord has not redefined
judge requires Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages
Washington Post, April 5, 2014
A federal judge in Cincinnati declared Friday that he would require Ohio
to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.
House not backing down in new ENDA flap
Washington Blade, April 5, 2014
The White House wouldn’t back down Friday from controversial comments
that an executive order protecting LGBT federal workers would be “redundant”
if the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is signed into law — despite
criticism from LGBT rights supporters.