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US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an astonishing departure from established precedents, US District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez of the Puerto Rico District Court, who had dismissed a marriage equality lawsuit in October 2014, has issued a new decision asserting that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling last June 26 that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment […]

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court ruled today that “same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry” and that “there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.” Writing for the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, […]

Leaders in the Drive for Marriage Equality

Leaders in the Drive for Marriage Equality

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At a June 16 cocktail reception that featured two of the activists who have helped herald in the nation’s growing embrace of marriage equality, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union hosted both Edie Windsor, the […]

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Marriage equality’s day of reckoning finally arrived at the United States Supreme Court when, on April 28, it heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated appeals from plaintiffs in four states –– Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky –– whose victories in federal district court were reversed by the Sixth […]

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The routes two Manhattan gay men took to their seat in the Supreme Court chambers on April 28 listening to the historic marriage equality arguments could not have been more different. Evan Wolfson first embraced the fight for gay marriage back in the early 1980s, when he wrote a Harvard Law School […]

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the States of Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky head to the US Supreme Court on April 28 to defend their policies barring marriage by same-sex couples and the legal recognition of such unions from other jurisdictions, one of their key arguments is that the question should not be settled by […]

A Supreme Court End Game

A Supreme Court End Game

INFOGRAPHIC BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | (Editor’s note: This graphic was produced prior to the January 23 federal court ruling striking down Alabama’s marriage ban.)

Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the opening act of what could well be the end game, the US Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it was granting review of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rejected the claim that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and to have such […]

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Setting up what could be the final showdown on the question of marriage equality in the United States, the Supreme Court, on January 16, announced it would hear appeals from same-sex plaintiff couples in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. On November 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed gay marriage […]

After Four Appeals Court Marriage Wins, Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Bans

After Four Appeals Court Marriage Wins, Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Bans

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | In a 2-1 ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out decisions from district court judges in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee that found bans on same-sex marriage and recognition of out-of-state marriages there unconstitutional. In a November 6 decision written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, the majority found that […]

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