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Oregon Marriage Victory Based on Court’s Conclusion No Rational Purpose Served by Ban

Oregon Marriage Victory Based on Court’s Conclusion No Rational Purpose Served by Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US District Judge Michael McShane’s permanent injunction against Oregon’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and its recognition was based on his finding that the state has no rational basis for that policy. McShane decreed that his May 19 ruling “be effective immediately,” and couples began getting married the […]

US Judge to Utah: Honor Your Own Marriages

US Judge to Utah: Honor Your Own Marriages

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A US district court judge has ordered the State of Utah to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples celebrated there between December 20, 2013 and January 6, when the Supreme Court stepped in with a stay to allow time for an appeal of a marriage equality decision. Judge Dale A. Kimball’s […]

Federal Court Strikes Down Oregon Marriage Ban; Weddings Set to Begin

Federal Court Strikes Down Oregon Marriage Ban; Weddings Set to Begin

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A federal judge in Portland has struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that will not be appealed by the state and Multnomah County –– the only parties with standing to do so. District Court Judge Michael McShane, in a May 19 ruling, held that the 2004 voter […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays County Judge’s Marriage Equality Order

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays County Judge’s Marriage Equality Order

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | After a week in which hundreds of same-sex couples married in Arkansas and legal action moved back and forth between a county circuit judge and the state’s high court, the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay on the county judge’s May 9 marriage equality order, allowing time for the legal […]

Temporary Stay on Idaho Marriage Ruling

Temporary Stay on Idaho Marriage Ruling

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | They just keep on coming… Hard on the heels of last week’s ruling by a state court judge in Arkansas that the ban on same-sex marriages there violates both the state and federal constitutions, a federal judge in Boise has ruled that Idaho’s ban violates the 14th Amendment Due Process and […]

US Judge Orders Indiana to Recognize Dying Woman’s Same-Sex Marriage

US Judge Orders Indiana to Recognize Dying Woman’s Same-Sex Marriage

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | A federal judge has ordered Indiana officials to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple, in which one spouse is battling ovarian cancer, until their lawsuit can be decided on the merits. The May 8 preliminary injunction from US District Judge Richard L. Young extended an earlier restraining order requiring the […]

State Judge Knocks Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

State Judge Knocks Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A state judge in Little Rock, Arkansas, relying on both that state’s constitution and the US Constitution, has struck down the ban on same-sex marriage there. In a May 9 ruling, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Christopher Charles Piazza ruled the ban violates the 14th Amendment of the federal constitution as well […]

New York Couple Defend Their Adopted Son in Ohio

New York Couple Defend Their Adopted Son in Ohio

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It was only in the immediate aftermath of finalizing the adoption of their infant son, Cooper, on January 17 of this year that Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas became aware that a significant — and unwelcome — legal hurdle lay ahead. Nine months earlier, the two men, who live in Manhattan and […]

Same-Sex Couples Win Tax Benefit Parity in Alaska

Same-Sex Couples Win Tax Benefit Parity in Alaska

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Alaska Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has found that same-sex couples there are entitled to the same real estate tax break under state law given to married couples, despite Alaska’s marriage amendment, which provides that same-sex marriages are neither legal nor recognized there. The April 25 ruling, which held […]

No Clear Majority on Merits Evident During Prop 8 Arguments

No Clear Majority on Merits Evident During Prop 8 Arguments

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On the tenth anniversary of oral arguments in Lawrence v. Texas, the historic 2003 ruling that struck down laws against consensual gay sex, the US Supreme Court took up the contentious issue of same-sex marriage on March 26. Late last year, the high court granted the petition by the Official Proponents […]