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We’ve Nearly Arrived in Dothan

We’ve Nearly Arrived in Dothan

BY TROY MASTERS | As a crimson tide of same-sex marriage rolls across Alabama, lives are being transformed right before our eyes. This week marks another huge stage in the paradigm shift that has remade that state in the past 50 years. And if racial progress upended a way of life in Alabama centuries old, gay […]

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.)

Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won’t Block Florida Marriages

Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won’t Block Florida Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The United States Supreme Court has denied a motion from Florida’s Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi, that it stay a district court marriage equality ruling while the state pursues an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a two-sentence order on December 19, from which only Justices Antonin Scalia and […]

In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum

In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a surprising move that in effect tosses the hot potato into the hands of the Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, issuing a terse order on December 3, denied the State of Florida’s motion to extend a stay on an August district court marriage equality ruling while it considers […]

In Other Marriage News

In Other Marriage News

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the frantic pace of marriage equality litigation nationwide, other key developments are: The State of Utah filed its petition for Supreme Court review of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down its same-sex marriage ban: Gay City News’ Arthur S. Leonard said the petition, filed by Governor Gary […]

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 […]