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Wisconsin Ruling Leads to Burst of Milwaukee, Madison Weddings

Wisconsin Ruling Leads to Burst of Milwaukee, Madison Weddings

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A June 6 ruling from a federal district judge that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional set off a flurry of nearly 130 weddings in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, as well as Madison, the capital, on Friday evening and Saturday. That was not necessarily the way Senior US […]

In Michigan Marriage Equality Ruling, Bogus Study of Same-Sex Parenting Demolished

In Michigan Marriage Equality Ruling, Bogus Study of Same-Sex Parenting Demolished

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The March 21 federal court ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples also dealt a lethal blow to a controversial 2012 study that purported to show that parenting by same-sex couples leads to inferior outcomes for children. In a case brought by April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse […]

Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Order Now Stayed Until March 20

Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Order Now Stayed Until March 20

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Two weeks after a federal district court judge found that Kentucky’s refusal to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions lacked any constitutionally acceptable justification, he declined to stay his ruling. [Editor’s note: The following day, however, the judge did in fact issue a stay, giving the state until March 20, […]

US Judge Throws Out Oklahoma Marriage Amendment, But Stays Ruling Pending Appeal

US Judge Throws Out Oklahoma Marriage Amendment, But Stays Ruling Pending Appeal

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Yet another federal district judge has declared that a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is an unconstitutional infringement of rights guaranteed by the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment. On January 14, Senior District Judge Terence C. Kern, who has been dealing with the case of Bishop v. United States since 2004, […]

Utah Not Quite Ready With Its Supreme Court Motion to Halt Weddings

Utah Not Quite Ready With Its Supreme Court Motion to Halt Weddings

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | After six days of desperately trying to stop the marriages by same-sex couples authorized on December 20 by US District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby, the Utah Attorney General’s Office on December 26 signaled that it is not yet fully prepared to make its arguments for a stay before Supreme Court […]

Marriage Movement Advances in New Jersey, Illinois Rulings

Marriage Movement Advances in New Jersey, Illinois Rulings

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a big day for the marriage equality movement, trial judges moved the ball forward significantly in New Jersey and Illinois on September 27. In New Jersey, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson granted a motion for summary judgment filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of Garden State […]

Prop 8 Proponents Ask California Supreme Court to Halt Marriages

Prop 8 Proponents Ask California Supreme Court to Halt Marriages

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two weeks after same-sex marriages resumed in California on June 28, Proposition 8’s proponents filed a petition with the California Supreme Court seeking a stay of Judge Vaughn Walker’s 2010 order, which the Supreme Court allowed to go into effect when it ruled the proponents did not have standing to appeal […]

Supreme Court Nixes Requirement for Anti-Prostitution Pledge

Supreme Court Nixes Requirement for Anti-Prostitution Pledge

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, on June 20, ruled that a federal statute that conditions government funding to non-profits doing overseas HIV prevention work on their articulating an explicit policy opposing prostitution violates the First Amendment. Writing for the 6-2 majority, Chief Justice John R. Roberts, Jr., quoted from the high court’s famous […]

Boy Scouts Propose End to Ban On Gay Youth — But Not Leaders

Boy Scouts Propose End to Ban On Gay Youth — But Not Leaders

BY JOSEPH EHRMAN-DUPRE | The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced on April 19 a proposal to lift its ban on gay youth members. The Associated Press reported, “The Scouts announced Friday that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week […]

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