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5 Things to Know About Ireland's Historic Vote

Opinion polls point to 'yes' on gay marriage, but advocates are nervous

(Newser) - Ireland's voters decide today whether to legalize gay marriage , with results of the referendum set to be announced tomorrow. While 19 other nations and most US states have already legalized gay marriage, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote. Five things to know:
  • Why is Ireland voting?
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Gay Pal Suing Me for Not Doing Wedding Flowers: Florist

Barronelle Stutzman says she gently turned down one of her 'favorite' clients

(Newser) - "I'm sorry I can't do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ." That's how florist Barronelle Stutzman describes the way she gently broke the news to one of her favorite clients that she wouldn't be able to do the flowers for his... More »

Why Some Employers Are Telling Gay Workers to Marry

If they live in places where gay marriage is legal and want to keep health benefits

(Newser) - As the Supreme Court hashes out whether banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, some employers in states where gay marriage is legal are telling gay employees that they must say "I do" to keep their health benefits intact, the Wall Street Journal reports. Although the paper notes that a third... More »

What to Know as Gay Marriage Goes Before Supreme Court

Arguments begin today on whether states can ban same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Arguments are set to begin this morning in Obergefell v. Hodges, a group of appeals from couples in four states that will force the Supreme Court to confront whether gay marriage is a constitutional right in all states, the Hill reports. Some things to know:
  • Per the AP , the court
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Why Same-Sex Marriage Is Looking 'Inevitable'

Observers have little doubt that marriage equality is on its way

(Newser) - The Supreme Court won't hear arguments on the issue of same-sex marriage until tomorrow—but already, it seems observers have made up their minds, writes Sam Baker at the National Journal : The justices will support marriage equality. According to "conventional wisdom," says a court expert, "there... More »

Jindal: I'll Never Change My Mind About Gay Marriage

La. governor says he won't cave to corporate 'bullies' on religious liberty issues

(Newser) - Indiana and Arkansas recently softened their so-called "religious freedom" legislation , and one person isn't happy that they walked it back: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. In an opinion piece in today's New York Times , Jindal takes issue with the "large corporations [that] recently joined left-wing activists to... More »

Coming Soon to Guam: Gay Marriage?

Could become the first US territory to legalize same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Guam may become the first US territory to allow same-sex marriage after its attorney general today ordered it to be so. Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson instructed officials to start processing same-sex marriage applications, citing an appeals court decision that found state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, the AP reports. The move... More »

Indiana's Memories Pizza Reopens—$842K Richer

Owner Kevin O'Connor says his views on gay marriage haven't changed

(Newser) - Memories Pizza is open and ready to serve once again, assuming you're not a gay couple looking for a wedding caterer. The Indiana pizzeria gained either fame or infamy , depending on your views, after the owner backed the state's controversial religious freedom law and said he would happily... More »

Presbyterian Church Redefines Marriage

It is 'between two people,' church constitution says

(Newser) - Another big victory for gay rights, this time outside the courts: The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted yesterday to redefine marriage in its constitution as a "unique commitment between two people" instead of "between a man and a woman," reports the AP , which notes that the move makes... More »

Texas Lawmaker's Gay-Marriage Complaint Is Extremely Confused

Tony Tinderholt names wrong judge, gets facts wrong

(Newser) - A Texas state representative has filed a complaint about the legality of recent decisions on gay marriage ; trouble is, his complaint gets just about everything wrong. Tea Party lawmaker Tony Tinderholt described his reasons for filing the complaint on Facebook : "Judge David Wahlberg issued a ruling that the state'... More »

Texas Lets Lone 'Medically Fragile' Gay Couple Wed

Court orders county clerk to issue one marriage license

(Newser) - Texas has its first legally married same-sex couple as of this morning, reports the Austin American-Statesman —despite the Lone Star State's current ban on gay marriage. Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who live in Austin and have been together 30 years, got a one-time court-ordered marriage license in... More »

Ginsburg: America Can Handle Gay Marriage

As gay Americans have come out, we 'recognized they are one of us'

(Newser) - As far as Ruth Bader Ginsburg is concerned, America is ready for gay marriage. In an interview yesterday, the Supreme Court justice said she believes a high court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage would be accepted at this point, Bloomberg reports. "The change in people’s attitudes on that issue... More »

Alabama's Top Judge: Ignore Feds on Same-Sex Marriage

Courthouse showdowns loom after Moore order

(Newser) - Alabama is set to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed, even as the state's chief justice has made an 11th-hour attempt to put such weddings on hold. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore sent a letter to probate judges last night ordering them to refuse to issue... More »

Gay Marriage Arrives in Florida

Mass weddings held across state as ban expires

(Newser) - Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples overnight. But they were beaten to the punch by a Miami judge who found no need to wait until... More »

Elton John Is Getting Married

He'll wed David Furnish this weekend

(Newser) - After 21 years together, Elton John and David Furnish are getting married this weekend. The couple will wed in England now that same-sex marriage is legal there, John's rep tells Us . John, 67, and Furnish, 52, who met in 1993, became civil partners in 2005 and are parents to... More »

Court Blocks Gay Marriage in 4 States

Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee can't have same-sex weddings

(Newser) - It's a rarity for advocates of gay marriage: defeat. A federal appeals court today upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, reports the Columbus Dispatch . The ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals goes against decisions to allow gay marriage in four other... More »

So How Many States Now Allow Gay Marriage? 35-ish

Busy week adds confusion to the mix

(Newser) - This week's flurry of court rulings made it a little tricky to keep track of which states allow gay marriage. The upshot is that the Supreme Court's moves added seven more states to the yes column: Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, bringing the total number... More »

Kennedy Screw-Up Blocked Gay Marriage in Nevada, Too

Supreme Court confirms the accident, says it's fixed

(Newser) - Anthony Kennedy stepped in yesterday and blocked same-sex marriage from going forward in Idaho —but in issuing his order, he accidentally stepped in it and blocked same-sex marriage in Nevada. The cause of confusion? Though Idaho asked the court for a stay, Nevada did not; but Idaho included case... More »

SCOTUS Dodge May Have 'Settled' Gay Marriage

And self-proclaimed 'court-watchers' are shocked at 'bizarre' move

(Newser) - The Supreme Court made a surprise decision this morning by refusing to hear appeals from five states trying to ban same-sex marriage, kick-starting a flurry of "What does this mean?" and "What happens next?" speculation. Some reaction:
  • Under the headline "The Supreme Court Just Quietly Made Marriage
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Supreme Court Declines Gay Marriage Appeals

Same-sex unions will now be legal in 30 states, DC

(Newser) - The United States Supreme Court kicked off its new term this morning, and in a move that's surprising many court-watchers it refused to hear appeals from five states looking to ban same-sex marriage. The move clears the way for gay marriage to begin in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and... More »

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