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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 8, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014
Vernon Scoville, officiates during Robert Gann, left, and John Kenny Rodricks, right, wedding at the Jackson County Courthouse Legislative Chambers, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Scoville is retired associate circuit judge for Jackson County. Same-sex marriages began occurring Friday in the Kansas City area after a federal judge declared that Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
Marriage could be coming to Florida sooner than we expected. Plus, after last week's big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. [...]

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Tenth Circuit denies Kansas’ request for full court hearing on marriage ruling

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday denied a request by the state of Kansas for an en banc hearing on a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban. An an en banc hearing is when a case is heard before all the judges [...]

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Tenth Circuit denies stay, won’t block same-sex marriages in Kansas

Friday, November 7, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A federal appeals court has cleared the way for gay marriages to start in Kansas next week. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday denied a request from the state to block an order from a lower-court judge preventing Kansas from enforcing its [...]

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

Thursday, November 6, 2014
AP
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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The week in review: The latest developments in marriage equality…

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
Same-sex couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. And a third ruling in Wyoming means marriages there could begin within a week. The rulings bookend two weeks of legal wrangling, triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court [...]

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Gay marriage supporters in Colorado celebrate in rally at 10th Circuit court

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The first same sex couple married in Denver after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling of earlier this week, Vicky Pierce, left, and Nikki Holmlund, right, hold their 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Holmlund-Pierce during a rally staged by Why Marriage Matters Colorado on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
DENVER -- Supporters of same-sex marriage in Colorado are celebrating their legal victory but also trying to help advance their cause elsewhere. Gov. John Hickenlooper and others, including software entrepreneur Tim Gill and representatives of the ACLU and NAACP, rallied Wednesday at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. [...]

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Tenth Circuit lifts stay: Same-sex marriage now legal in Utah, Oklahoma

Monday, October 6, 2014
Plaintiffs challenging Utah's gay marriage ban, from left, Derek Kitchen, his partner Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, her partner Karen Archer, Laurie Wood and her partner Kody Partridge stand together after leaving court following a hearing at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 10, 2014.
DENVER -- A federal appeals court has lifted its stay in gay marriage cases in Oklahoma and Utah, clearing the way for same-sex nuptials to begin in both states. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the stays Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take [...]

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80 Utah lawmakers warn Supreme Court that gay marriage could lead to polygamy, incest

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Eighty members of the Utah state legislature have filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court ruling striking down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, because allowing gay to marry could lead to incestuous and polygamous marriages. The amicus brief supporting Utah's [...]

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Appeals court extends stay of Colo. same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Colorado
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage isn't coming to Colorado yet. A federal appeals court on Thursday extended a stay on a ruling from last month that found the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the court has stayed similar rulings in other states. [...]

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

Friday, July 18, 2014
Oklahoma
DENVER -- A federal appeals court ruling Friday that Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional spurred celebration among gay rights activists but sparked sharp anger among Republican leaders in a conservative state that prides itself on being the buckle of the nation's Bible Belt. The decision by a three-judge [...]

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