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Wisconsin Ruling Leads to Burst of Milwaukee, Madison Weddings

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, Comment
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Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Halt Oregon Marriages

In a one-sentence order that did not elaborate on the reasoning, the US Supreme Court on June 4 denied Comment
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Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering an application from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) –– formed specifically to oppose same-sex marriage advances –– to put a stop to weddings that began in Oregon on May 19. That’s when US District Judge Michael McShane ruled that the state’s ban on marriage by gay and lesbian couples violated the Due Process and Equal Protections Claus Comments (1)
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Lesbian Parenting Ruling Harder Than It Should Have Been     

As we approach the third anniversary of New York State’s Marriage Equality Law, which says that same-sex marriages and different-sex marriages will be treated equally for all purposes under New York law, this issue should be a no-brainer. Comments (3)
Legal

Marriage Gala Focuses Attention on Bigger Goals 

The news that same-sex marriage had begun in Oregon earlier in the day — Comment
Politics

Even With DOMA Gone, Tax Issues Convoluted

Despite the 2013 US Supreme Court ruling that struck down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages, filing federal and state tax returns remains a complex endeavor for those couples as most states still do not recognize their marriages. Comment
Legal

Heightened Scrutiny Hinted at in Idaho Stay     

In a May 20 ruling, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals extended — pending the appeals process — what had been a temporary stay of a federal court ruling that struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. Comment
News Briefs

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays Marriage Ruling 

After a week in which hundreds of same-sex couples married in Arkansas and legal action moved back and forth between a county circuit judge and the state’s high court, the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay on the county judge’s May 9 marriage Comments (1)
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Pennsylvania's GOP Governor Will Not Appeal Marriage Ruling

In a stunning development, the State of Pennsylvania has announced it will not appeal the May 20 federal district court decision striking down its ban on marriage by same-sex couples. Comments (3)
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Just One Day After Oregon, Pennsylvania Ban Falls

A Republican appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2002 has struck down Pennsy Comments (1)
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Oregon Marriage Victory Based on Court's Conclusion No Rational Purpose Served by Ban

US District Judge Michael McShane’s permanent injunction against Oregon’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and its recognition was based on his Comment
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US Judge to Utah: Honor Your Own Marriages

A US district court judge has ordered the State of Utah to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples celebrated there between December 20, 2013 and January 6, when the Supreme Court stepped in with a stay to allow time for an appeal of a marriage equality decision. Comments (1)
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Federal Court Strikes Down Oregon Marriage Ban; Weddings Set to Begin

A federal judge in Portland has struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that will not be appealed by the state and Multnomah County –– the only parties with standing to do so. Comment
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Arkansas Supreme Court Stays County Judge’s Marriage Equality Order

After a week in which hundreds of same-sex couples married in Arkansas and legal action moved back and forth between a county circuit judge and the state’s high court, the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay on the county judge’s May 9 marriage equality order, allowing time for the legal issues to play out on appeal. Comment
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Temporary Stay on Idaho Marriage Ruling

They just keep on coming… Hard on the heels of last week’s ruling by a state court judge in Arkansas that the ban on same-sex marriages there violates both the state and federal constitutions, a federal judge in Boise has ruled that Idaho’s ban violates the 14th Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. Comments (1)
Legal

US Judge Orders Indiana to Recognize Dying Woman’s Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge has ordered Indiana officials to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple, in which one spouse is battling ovarian cancer, until their lawsuit can be decided on the merits. Comment
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State Judge Knocks Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

A state judge in Little Rock, Arkansas, relying on both that state’s constitution and the US Constitution, has struck down the ban on same-sex marriage there. Comments (1)
Legal

New York Couple Defend Their Adopted Son in Ohio    

It was only in the immediate aftermath of finalizing the adoption of their infant son, Cooper, on January 17 of this year that Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas became aware that a significant — and unwelcome — Comment
Legal

Same-Sex Couples Win Tax Benefit Parity in Alaska

The Alaska Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has found that same-sex couples there are entitled to the same real estate tax break under state law given to married couples, despite Alaska’s marriage amendment, which provides that same-sex marriages are neither legal nor recognized there. Comment

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