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Gay Cake Case: How a 7-2 Decision Is 'Narrow'

Supreme Court sides with baker, but didn't settle big question of gay rights vs. religious liberty

(Newser) - In one of the most closely watched cases of its current term, the Supreme Court sided with a baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple. But even though the decision was 7-2 in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, the ruling is seen as a narrow... More »

Australia's First Same-Sex Marriage Wasn't Who You Think

Queensland couple was granted a waiver, married Dec. 15

(Newser) - It was initially reported that the first same-sex couples to wed after Australia legalized gay marriage last year did so on Dec. 16—but it has now been revealed that Jo Grant and Jill Kindt were actually the first couple to marry under the new legislation, on Dec. 15. Grant... More »

Parents 'Livid' After Teacher Was Fired for Saying 'I Do'

Jocelyn Morffi said to have violated contract requiring adherence to Catholic teachings

(Newser) - She married the love of her life and believes she was fired for it. Jocelyn Morffi, a first-grade teacher at Miami's Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, was terminated Thursday, days after marrying her same-sex partner of two years, reports the Miami Herald . A friend says Morffi was told... More »

This Country Is the First to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage

It's a first that shames Bermuda, critics say

(Newser) - The number of countries in the world allowing same-sex marriage has gone down rather than up with the passage of a new law in Bermuda. The island—technically still a self-governing British territory—legalized gay marriage last year in a Supreme Court ruling, but the right was rolled back after... More »

Same-Sex Couples Tie the Knot in Australia

Two couples made history this weekend

(Newser) - Two female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages, the AP reports. Jan. 9 had been expected to be the first possible date for same-sex weddings due to a four-week waiting period since the landmark law was passed, but the two... More »

Couple Shirk Their Extreme Pledge Against Gay Marriage

Nick Jensen says original plan to divorce wife upon legalization is 'untenable'

(Newser) - Amid a flurry of weddings expected to follow Australia's legalization of same-sex marriage Wednesday, there was also to be one divorce: Back in June 2015, Nick Jensen wrote an editorial explaining he and his wife of 10 years would dissolve their marriage as a "matter of conscience" if... More »

She Denied Gay Man a Marriage License. Now He Wants Her Seat

David Ermold is taking on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in next year's election

(Newser) - The Kentucky county clerk who made headlines two years ago for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is up for re-election next year—and one of the men she denied a license to has announced plans to run against her. Reuters reports that David Ermold of Morehead will... More »

Australians Party as Country Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

'About bloody time,' senator says

(Newser) - The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change . The public gallery of the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed to... More »

During Debate on Gay Marriage, a Proposal

Australian lawmaker pops the question on House floor

(Newser) - It's not every marriage proposal that gets recorded in an official parliamentary record, but such is the case with one in Australia. During a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday in support of gay marriage, lawmaker Tim Wilson turned to his partner in the public... More »

2 Marriage Equality Bills at Odds in Australia

Critics say one would roll back protections for LGBT

(Newser) - Some 62% of registered voters supported gay marriage in an Australian postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year, although the form any law would take and its allowances for religious objections sparked immediate debate, reports the AP . The conservative government promised to allow a bill... More »

Results of Australia's Survey on Same-Sex Marriage Are In

The country is overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favor of same-sex marriage, the New Zealand Herald reports. The results of a two-month-long, $93 million survey were released Wednesday morning: 61.6% in favor of legalization, 38.4% opposed. According to CNN , the "yes" side won every state and territory in the country.... More »

Here's the Lineup of Big Cases Headed to SCOTUS

Justices to take on worker rights, religious freedom, redistricting, sports betting cases

(Newser) - The Supreme Court term that, by law, begins on the first Monday in October includes several high-profile cases dealing with controversial social issues or with the potential to affect millions of Americans. The justices probably won't hear the dispute over President Trump's travel ban, originally scheduled for October,... More »

Germany Rolls Out 'Marriage for All'

After legal change, nation celebrates first gay marriages

(Newser) - Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on equal legal footing with heterosexual couples. Town halls in Berlin, Hamburg, and elsewhere opened their doors to mark the event, made possible by a surprise vote in Parliament three months... More »

Edith Windsor, Who Paved Way for Gay Marriage, Dies

She ended Defense of Marriage Act with 2013 Supreme Court case

(Newser) - Edith Windsor, the woman behind the legal case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage, died Tuesday at 88, the New York Daily News reports. The longtime New Yorker and gay-rights activist was the plaintiff in United States v.... More »

Justice Dept. Sides With Baker Who Refused Gay Couple

Administration files brief supporting Jack Phillips

(Newser) - The Trump administration has picked a side in a controversial upcoming Supreme Court case —and it isn't the side of gay rights. The Department of Justice filed a brief Thursday supporting Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for gay couple Charlie Craig... More »

'Nashville Statement' on Gays, Transgenders Earns Mayor's Ire

And the ire of many others after evangelicals issue their 'Christian manifesto'

(Newser) - The mayor of Nashville has lashed out after a group of evangelical leaders put out a "Christian manifesto" named after her city to offer church guidance on sexuality issues. Per the Washington Post , the so-called "Nashville Statement," a 14-point cheat sheet from the Council on Biblical Manhood... More »

Kentucky Taxpayers Must Pay $225K in Kim Davis Case

Judge orders the state to pay legal fees for those who sued the clerk

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in legal fees because a county clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, the AP reports. US District Judge David Bunning on Friday ordered the state to pay $222,695 in fees to... More »

Colombia OKs What May Be World's First Legal 'Throuple'

'We wanted to validate our household,' says one of the 3 men in relationship

(Newser) - "We want to make what's intimate, public." So says 23-year-old Victor Hugo Prada, who is gearing up to marry the two loves of his life after Colombia agreed to legalize a three-way union between Prada and his two boyfriends—perhaps the first such legalized "throuples" union... More »

Vote Marks 'Joyous Turning Point' in Germany

Same-sex marriage legalized despite 'no' vote from Merkel

(Newser) - Germany's lower house of Parliament agreed Friday to tweak its civil code to legalize same-sex marriage, with one gay-rights advocate calling the moment a "joyous turning point," the Washington Post reports. The New York Times notes this places Germany, which legalized civil partnerships in 2001, among more... More »

Church Scores Big Victory at Supreme Court

Justices say Missouri was wrong to deny state funds for playground

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's big headline on Monday involved partially instating President Trump's travel ban, but it was far from the only consequential development on the last day of the court's term . In a big church-state ruling, the court sided with the church. Justices ruled 7-2 that the... More »

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