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Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Parting company from every federal district court judge since last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act case, US District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, rejected a challenge to Louisiana’s state constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan […]

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 […]

The Changing Map of Marriage Equality in the US

The Changing Map of Marriage Equality in the US

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Recent court decisions regarding marriage bans in three states have once again altered the map for marriage equality in the US. A July 18 ruling from the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming a district court decision that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage makes that state the second –– after […]

Better Late Than Never?

Better Late Than Never?

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | Fifty-one years after Governor George Wallace stood in a schoolhouse door in defiance of a federal mandate to integrate his state’s educational system, Alabama continues its slow crawl to membership in what, in intervening years, has sometimes been termed the New South. In 2003, the US Supreme Court in its Lawrence […]

As With Utah, Oklahoma, Appeals Court Seems Split in Virginia Marriage Case

As With Utah, Oklahoma, Appeals Court Seems Split in Virginia Marriage Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge appellate hearing in the Virginia marriage equality cases arrayed Ted Olson, the renowned litigator brought into the successful fight against California’s Proposition 8, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the state’s solicitor general against two county clerks, one of them represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, a right-wing […]

This Week Marriage Equality Litigation Amps Up to Full Throttle

This Week Marriage Equality Litigation Amps Up to Full Throttle

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | As anticipation builds for the first federal appellate arguments on marriage equality since last June’s Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages, new developments in litigation efforts across the nation continue to pile up. On April 10, a panel of […]

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Ruling on March 25, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the stay on last week’s marriage equality ruling in Michigan to allow the state to bring its appeal before the circuit. In an order that ran to just over three pages, the panel’s majority –– which included Circuit Court […]

No Stay of Tennessee Marriage Ruling; Oregon Declining to Defend Its Ban

No Stay of Tennessee Marriage Ruling; Oregon Declining to Defend Its Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a gutsy move, US District Judge Aleta A. Trauger has rejected a request by Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam to stay her order that the state recognize the out-of-state same-sex marriages of three Tennessee couples while Haslam pursues an appeal. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals –– which already has […]

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, […]

In Seventh Consecutive Federal Marriage Equality Win, Judge Rules Against Texas Ban

In Seventh Consecutive Federal Marriage Equality Win, Judge Rules Against Texas Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Since the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Edie Windsor’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act eight months ago, no federal court has ruled against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. So, it is perhaps no great surprise that a US judge from the Western District of Texas in San […]

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