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Appeals Court: Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage is OK

July 18, 2014

Appeals Court: Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage is OK

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier Federal court decision and struck down Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban, ruling it violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause. The same Federal court rejected a similar law in Utah. Either or both of those cases may now be brought before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The full Oklahoma opinion is here.

More:

“Court Finds Oklahoma Cannot Ban Gay Nuptials,” Jack Healy and Adam Liptak, New York Times

“Appeals court upholds ruling voiding Oklahoma gay marriage ban,” Heide Brandes, Reuters

“Federal appeals court rejects Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban,” German Lopez, Vox

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Back Home Again in Indiana

June 26, 2014

Back Home Again In Indiana

U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young ruled Wednesday that Indiana’s state law banning same-sex couples from marrying or having their marriages from other states recognized is unconstitutional. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an emergency motion to stay the ruling pending an appeal, but the ruling took effect immediately and Hoosier couples rushed to marry.

We think it’s time to cue Jim Nabors:

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Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban

May 21, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court declared Pennsylvania’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional yesterday. Marriage equality is now legal in 19 states.

 More:

“Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania’s Gay-Marriage Ban,” Erik Eckholm, New York Times

“Pennsylvania gay marriage ban overturned by judge,” AP via Politico

“Federal judge overturns Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban,” Niraj Chokshi and Reid Wilson, Washington Post

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Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

May 14, 2014

Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Federal Chief Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale has declared Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered the state to allow same-sex couples to marry and to recognize the marriages of couples who wed in other states.

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NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

March 1, 2014

NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

The National Football League pressured Arizona Governor Jan Brewer into doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Mrs. Brewer vetoed the ill-conceived “Religious Freedom for Bigots” bill, the separate-but-equal homophobic-apartheid measure passed by her state’s legislature. The NFL, itself still learning tolerance for sexual minorities, threatened to relocate the next Superbowl from the University of Phoenix Stadium to a more inclusive state. Other huge corporations said they were reconsidering doing business in the Grand Canyon State, and the convention and business meeting forecast started to look cloudy.

Concepts like “equal access to places of public accommodation” likely mean nothing to Mrs. Brewer, but she surely remembers her state’s loss of business when Arizona passed a racist immigration law and earlier when it refused to recognize the King Holiday.

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U.S. Judge: Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage is OK

January 15, 2014

U.S. Judge: Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage is OK

On Tuesday Judge Terence Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled that the Sooner State’s amendment banning same-sex marriage is “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit” and violates the U.S. Constitution.

Don’t order the cake and orange blossoms just yet, though. The ruling is stayed pending appeal, so there won’t be gay nuptials in Muskogee any time soon.

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Federal Government Recognizes Utah Marriages

January 10, 2014

Federal Government Recognizes Utah Marriages

The U.S. Government recognizes 1,300 Utah same-sex marriages, even though the state government refuses to. Couples rushed to the altar in December after a Federal judge ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. A Federal appeals court refused to halt the weddings until it hears the case, but the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay, putting the status of the earlier marriages in question.

Today Attorney General Eric Holder announced that, as far as Federal benefits, taxes, and laws are concerned the 1,300 gay couples are married:

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Marriage Equality in the Land of Enchantment

December 20, 2013

Marriage Equality in the Land of Enchantment

The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously declared that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples in the state. Thursday’s ruling means that same-sex marriage is now legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

More:

“New Mexico Becomes 17th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage,” Josh Voorhees, Slate

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Marriage Equality Legalized in Illinois

November 6, 2013

Marriage Equality in Illinois

Marriage Equality will be the law in the Land of Lincoln. The Illinois Legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and Governor Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill when it arrives on his desk.

More:

“Illinois lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote,” Monique Garcia and Ray Long, Chicago Tribune

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA. Sort of.

June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Sort Of ...

The Supreme Court has ruled. Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Same-sex couples married in states where it is legal must receive the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive. Other aspects of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act remain, and only 13 states and the District of Columbia believe civil marriage is a civil right, so legal and legislative battles will continue.

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