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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 »

Judge: Ohio's Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

While same-sex marriages are allowed to continue in Utah

(Newser) - Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge declared today, though he did so in a very narrow ruling that will not in itself strike down the ban. Judge Timothy Black ordered only that state officials recognize gay marriages when filling out death certificates. But Black's... More »

Pastor Defrocked Over Son's Gay Wedding

Church gave Rev. Frank Schaefer an ultimatum, and he refused

(Newser) - The United Methodist Church dropped the hammer today on a Pennsylvania pastor who'd performed his son's same-sex wedding, defrocking him entirely. The church board decided Rev. Frank Schaefer's fate in a meeting that lasted just 15 minutes, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The church had convicted him last... More »

Hawaii Welcomes First Gay Weddings

State poised to become destination for same-sex ceremonies

(Newser) - After lawmakers approved gay marriage in Hawaii last month, the ceremonies have officially begun. The law went into effect last night at midnight, and six couples were quick to get hitched, the AP reports. At a Sheraton in Waikiki, those looking to tie the knot could join in a giant... More »

Hawaii Lawmakers OK Gay Marriage

That means 16 states will soon allow same-sex couples to wed

(Newser) - The US is about to have 16 states in which gay marriage is legal. Hawaii's state Senate today approved the legislation and sent it to the governor for his promised signature, reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser . The 19-4 vote means that same-sex couples could wed as early as Dec. 2,... More »

Illinois Lawmakers OK Gay Marriage

Governor has promised to sign measure into law

(Newser) - Gay marriage won yet another big fight tonight, as state lawmakers in Illinois gave their blessing, reports the Chicago Tribune . Gov. Pat Quinn has promised to sign the measure into law, which would make Illinois the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. DC also allows it. The first weddings in... More »

Taiwan Hosts Asia's Largest Gay Pride Parade

March comes as island considers same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people marched in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei today, as part of the city's annual gay pride parade. The largest parade of its kind in Asia, the event doubled as a demonstration in support of same-sex marriage legislation currently being debated by the island's... More »

Tribe's Loophole Lets Gay Couple Wed in Oklahoma

Jason Pickel, Darren Black Bear are first same-sex couple to do so

(Newser) - Oklahoma doesn't allow gay marriage, yet Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear recently became the first same-sex couple to marry in the state. A tribal law loophole is to thank: State laws don't apply on sovereign Native American land, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal code requires only... More »

NJ Makes 14: Gay Marriage Comes to Garden State

Chris Christie drops appeal; Cory Booker ties some knots

(Newser) - New Jersey officially became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage today, and it looks like it's going to stay that way. Gov. Chris Christie this morning ordered his administration to drop its appeal of the state Supreme Court decision allowing the unions, Bloomberg reports. The move follows a... More »

New Jersey Court OKs Gay Marriage

Gov. Chris Christie still seeks appeal after provisional ruling

(Newser) - Not even Chris Christie could block gay couples from reaching the altar. The state Supreme Court in New Jersey ruled 7-0 today to uphold a judge's decision that gay marriages can begin there on Monday, at least for now, NJ.com reports. The court will make a final ruling... More »

Pa. Governor Likens Gay Marriage to Incest

Comparison follows earlier one likening gays to children

(Newser) - Tom Corbett likened gay marriage to incest today—and that was his attempt to walk back an earlier comment likening it to a union of children. In an interview with WHP-TV today, the Pennsylvania governor was asked about a state attorney's comments likening same-sex marriages to marriages involving 12-year-olds.... More »

Gay Marriage 'Odd Couple' Takes Fight to Virginia

Theodore Olson, David Boies join lawsuit

(Newser) - The "odd couple" legal team that got California's gay marriage ban overturned is setting its sights on Virginia, the Washington Post reports. Conservative Republican Theodore Olson and liberal Democrat David Boies, the lawyers on opposite sides of the 2000 Bush vs. Gore Supreme Court case, are joining a... More »

Judge Orders NJ to Allow Gay Marriage

State is expected to appeal next month

(Newser) - A New Jersey judge has declared that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry. But don't expect any weddings immediately: The state has until Oct. 21 to file an appeal, and Gov. Chris Christie's administration is expected to do just that, reports NBC News . In her ruling,... More »

Elder Bush Is Official Witness at Gay Wedding

George HW attended marriage of two friends in Maine

(Newser) - George HW Bush is making some headlines for serving as the official witness at a gay marriage over the weekend. Bush the elder attended the wedding in Maine of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who own a store in Kennebunk, reports BuzzFeed . A Bush spokesman confirms to the Washington Post... More »

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