TODAY'S TOP STORIES:

Marriage Equality

Since 2000, 15 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, and Uruguay) have legalized same-sex marriage, as have parts of Mexico, the United States and the Untied Kingdom. (In the United Kingdom, same-sex marriage is legal in England and Wales, and will become legal in Scotland in the Fall of 2014.) Same-sex marriage in Luxembourg will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington), and in the District of Columbia.

Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All rulings have been stayed pending appeals.

Archives | Mentions:

Page 2 of 366123...102030...Last »

S.C. to keep defending gay marriage ban despite appeals court ruling

| Monday, July 28, 2014
South-Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will continue to defend itself against a lawsuit over its ban on same-sex marriage despite a decision by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over the state that a similar gay marriage ban in Virginia is unconstitutional.

Filed under: ,

N.C. attorney general to drop state’s defense of same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s attorney general says prosecutors will drop their opposition to challenges to the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the wake of a federal appeals court decision affecting a similar prohibition in Virginia. Attorney General Roy Cooper said at a news conference Monday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling means...

Filed under: , ,

Key West plaintiffs seek to appeal marriage ruling to Fla. Supreme Court

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Plintiffs Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones
MIAMI -- Attorneys for two Key West men challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage want the Florida Supreme Court to take up the case. The lawyers representing the Monroe County couple filed a motion Monday asking that the ...

Filed under: , , ,

U.S. appeals court rules Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Virginia-sign
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond is the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit, and is the first to affect ...

Filed under: , , ,

Colo. AG asks state’s high court to stop same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Attorney General John Suthers (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is trying again to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Suthers filed a motion with the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday asking it to order clerk Hillary Hall to stop providing the licenses. Both the Colorado Court of Appeals and a state judge in Boulder have refused his ...

Filed under: , , ,

VIDEO

Marriage News Watch: State lawyers ignore public support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 28, 2014
AP
The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of Congress has come out in favor of the freedom to marry...

Filed under: , , , , , , , , ,

For gay soldiers, marriage and benefits open doors to living life more freely

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Nicholas Harriel and Cristian Saldana
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- While the military policy of "don't ask, don't tell" and the overturning of part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act opened doors more widely to gay people serving openly in the military, it didn't mark radical changes to the way the fighting force looked or behaved. Instead, it brought the possibility of marriage and spousal benefits to ...

Filed under: , , ,

California’s ‘Modern Family Act’ aims to bring family law into 21st century

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
FIle
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for "Leave it to Beaver"-era families. Jason Patric, star of "The Lost Boys," has been seeking custody rights over...

Filed under: , , , , , , , ,

Nearly 900 marriage licenses issued to gay couples in pioneer N.M. county

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Gay couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A county clerk in New Mexico whose actions ultimately prompted the state Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage legal statewide, says his office issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to gay couples in the past year. Last year, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins -- noting that New Mexico's marriage laws were gender neutral ...

Filed under: , , ,

Marriage equality would help Nev. domestic violence program funding

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Marriage equality advocates in Nevada have an unlikely fiscal ally: domestic violence programs. That's because the only state-allocated source of domestic violence program funding comes from a $25 surcharge on each Nevada-issued marriage license. Revenue from that surcharge has dropped over the past decade as marriage rates ...

Filed under: , , ,

Page 2 of 366123...102030...Last »