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Court Strikes Down Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban

But ruling on hold pending appeal

(Newser) - You can put yet another mark in same-sex marriage's win column, because a federal judge in Kentucky just struck down the state's ban on same-sex couples marrying in the state. The ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution by treating gay couples differently than straight... More »

St. Louis Defies State Ban, Marries 4 Gay Couples

Long legal battle expected in Missouri

(Newser) - St. Louis officials have challenged Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing four same-sex marriage licenses in a City Hall ceremony. Four gay couples were married yesterday in the office of Mayor Francis Slay in a ceremony presided over by a municipal judge. But Attorney General Chris Koster... More »

2 More Courts Find Gay Marriage Bans Unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage's post-DOMA winning streak continues

(Newser) - Same-sex marriage continued its remarkable legal winning streak today, as a federal appeals court affirmed that Utah's ban was unconstitutional, and a separate court said the same of Indiana's ban. The Utah decision is the first such ruling from a federal appeals court, according to the AP . "... More »

Obama Makes Gay Marriage More Like Straight Marriage

A host of federal benefits to be extended to same-sex couples

(Newser) - The White House is rolling out a slew of reforms today that will extend to same-sex married couples many of the federal benefits long reserved for straight couples. And in "almost all instances," the couples will get those benefits whether the state they live in recognizes same-sex marriage... More »

Judge Rejects Halt to Wisconsin Gay Marriages

County clerks decide whether to issue licenses

(Newser) - Gay couples across Wisconsin rushed to secure marriage licenses today, hoping to win legal recognition of their relationships ahead of an expected hold on a ruling that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. US District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison struck down the ban Friday in an... More »

Gay Couples Marry Within Hour of Oregon's Decision

Dozens wed; state attorney general refuses to appeal

(Newser) - It was pretty easy to predict that US District Judge Michael McShane was going to overturn Oregon's gay marriage ban yesterday. So easy that gay couples were lined up for licenses beforehand, refreshing their smartphones as they awaited the news, the Oregonian reports. Oregon's attorney general had refused... More »

Gay Marriage Halted in Arkansas

Clerks still banned from issuing licenses, court says

(Newser) - Gay couples in Arkansas who didn't get marriage licenses in the past week won't be able to when county offices open today, after the state Supreme Court noted that the judge who struck down a same-sex marriage ban last week failed to also overturn relevant aspects of a... More »

Idaho Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

Yet another state's law declared unconstitutional

(Newser) - Same-sex couples in Idaho could get married as soon as Friday morning after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional and wrongly relegates same-sex couples to second-class citizen status. The judge said the state must start issuing same-sex marriage licenses beginning at... More »

Arkansas OKs 1st Gay Marriages —But Barely

Clerk in training says she's 'happy to do it'

(Newser) - Arkansas today issued its first gay-marriage licenses thanks to a rather bold deputy clerk in training, the Arkansas Times reports. The day after a judge struck down a state ban on gay marriage, about 50 couples arrived at the Eureka Springs courthouse this morning—and were told by the deputy... More »

Nintendo Game Won't Allow Gay Marriage

'Tomodachi Life' sparking controversy

(Newser) - Nintendo's upcoming release of Tomodachi Life for the 3DS is already causing controversy. In the game, you create a character, called a Mii, and can go about the world wreaking havoc or even making the characters fall in love. That's where the controversy comes in—only heterosexual couples... More »

Man Tries to Marry Porn-Filled Laptop

Judge rejects bizarre motion in same-sex marriage case

(Newser) - A Florida judge has tossed out a bizarre motion from a man who claimed he wanted to marry his "porn filled Apple computer." Chris Sevier attempted to intervene in a same-sex marriage case "on behalf of other minority sexual orientation groups," reports the Broward-Palm Beach New ... More »

Anti-Gay NC Candidate Worked as a Drag Queen

NC Senate hopeful says nightclub days 'an embarrassment'

(Newser) - Steve Wiles, a vocal supporter of North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban, is running for the state Senate as a Republican but the Winston-Salem Journal has dug up a colorful detail from his past: For the best part of a decade, he was a female impersonator known as "Miss... More »

Clergy Sue for Right to Perform Gay Weddings

Their argument focuses on religious freedom

(Newser) - North Carolina's gay marriage ban is being challenged—by a group of clergymen. The United Church of Christ, Lutheran, Baptist, and Unitarian Universalist ministers, plus two rabbis, filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that the ban infringes upon their religious freedom, and that because of the separation of church and... More »

3 Men Sought in Beating of Lesbian Newlywed in Mich.

Attackers could face hate crime charges

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Michigan woman was among those who married her partner during the one day that gay marriage was legal in the state, and she'd been featured on the news because of it. Then, Monday night, as she got off a bus in Ypsilanti Township and walked through a... More »

Columnist: Here's How to Avoid Getting Hired by Gays

Just be kind of a jerk at their weddings, David Benkof suggests

(Newser) - In Oregon recently, a business was found to have violated the civil rights of a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake . And last month, everyone was up in arms over an Arizona bill that would have made such a thing legal in that state. In light... More »

Judge: Kentucky Must Recognize Gay Marriages

Court rules state's ban unconstitutional

(Newser) - Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, a federal judge ruled today, striking down a 2004 amendment to Kentucky's constitution. "It is clear that Kentucky's laws treat gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them," Judge John Heyburn said, citing the... More »

Nevada Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban

It won't hold up in federal court, state decides

(Newser) - A step forward for gay rights in Nevada, though same-sex weddings in Las Vegas may still be some time off: The state has a constitutional ban on gay marriage that was approved by voters in 2002 but it has decided that it won't defend it before a federal appeals... More »

Virginia's AG: I Won't Defend Ban on Gay Marriage

Herring says law is unconstitutional

(Newser) - Virginia's brand new attorney general is wasting no time backing away from his controversial predecessor, telling NPR this morning that his office will no longer defend the state's ban on gay marriage. "As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians' rights,"... More »

Judge Rejects Oklahoma's Ban on Gay Marriage

But no marriages will take place before appeal

(Newser) - Another win for gay marriage, this time in Oklahoma. A federal judge today declared that the state's 10-year-old ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, reports the Tulsa World . But don't expect any rushes to the altar: The judge stayed his ruling pending appeal, and thus no marriages can... More »

Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriage in Utah

Grants emergency stay while state appeals

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today granted Utah's emergency request to halt gay marriage within its borders while it appeals a lower court ruling that cleared the way for the unions. Per today's ruling, which SCOTUSblog notes was apparently without dissenters, all same-sex marriages are on hold until a federal... More »

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