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Appeals court rules against ex-Michigan state attorney in anti-gay defamation suit

Monday, February 2, 2015
Andrew Shirvell (left), with a defaced image of gay college student Chris Armstrong that Shirvell posted on his blog in 2010.
An appeals court says a fired lawyer for the state of Michigan should not be granted a new trial in a defamation suit filed by a gay former University of Michigan student government president. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in April

Friday, January 16, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. [...]

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Now legal in 36 states, Supreme Court to take another look at same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 8, 2015
J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the chances the justices soon will settle the legal debate. [...]

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Michigan, Kentucky couples take gay marriage cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, November 17, 2014
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
WASHINGTON -- A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married violate [...]

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Plaintiffs in Tennessee marriage case appeal ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, November 14, 2014
Dr. Sophy Jesty and Dr. Valeria Tanco, of Knoxville, Tenn. (left) are plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Three same-sex couples challenging Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize their out-of-state marriages, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear their case after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state marriage bans do not violate the U.S. Constitution. [...]

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What’s next for same-sex marriage after 6th Circuit court ruling?

Monday, November 10, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
WASHINGTON -- A decision by a panel of federal judges to uphold anti-gay marriage laws in four states has created a split among the nation's appeals courts and made it very likely the Supreme Court will review the same-sex marriage issue. But it is unclear whether the matter will reach [...]

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Idaho officials encouraged by 6th Circuit ruling to uphold gay marriage bans

Monday, November 10, 2014
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho officials say a recent ruling upholding same-sex marriage bans in four states could cause the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Idaho's case. Earlier this year, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Idaho's gay marriage ban. But on Thursday, a separate federal appeals court upheld [...]

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The paths to same-sex marriage review by the U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, November 7, 2014
J. Scott Applewhite (AP)
Depending upon how fast lawyers choose to move, the issue of same-sex marriage could be back before the Supreme Court in a matter of days. So far, only one option has been closed off. The remaining options have some, perhaps considerable, chances of success. The decision Thursday by [...]

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Joy, dismay as gay marriage advocates, opponents assess 6th Circuit ruling

Friday, November 7, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
One side was euphoric, the other dismayed, but both foes and supporters of same-sex marriage swiftly turned their attention to the U.S. Supreme Court after an against-the-grain appeals court ruling upheld bans or restrictions on gay marriage in four states. The 2-1 ruling Thursday by the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit [...]

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A look at how the federal appeals courts differ on same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Breaking ranks with rulings from other federal courts, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Ohio upheld gay marriage bans in four states, saying the courts aren't the right place to legalize gay marriage. Here's a look at key passages and how they compare to previous federal rulings: [...]

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