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    MN Gov Dayton Endorses Gay Marriage in State of State Address 2-6-2013 While most of Dayton s speech focused on the budget, his brief mention of support for
    Message 1 of 22 , Feb 18, 2013
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      MN Gov Dayton Endorses Gay Marriage in State of State Address 2-6-2013


      While most of Dayton’s speech focused on the budget, his brief mention of support for same-sex marriage marked a step forward for that issue’s prospects at the Capitol. Dayton has previously supported same-sex marriage but had been reluctant to endorse a planned legislative push on the issue in 2013.


      Dayton stopped short of definitively demanding a gay marriage bill on his desk this year. But after the speech, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk — who also had been tentative about a gay marriage push in the Legislature this year — said a bill could start moving at the Capitol in April, after lawmakers finish the budget. Bakk also said he would vote to legalize gay marriage if it gets to the Senate floor.





      Freedom to Marry pledges $2 million for state marriage campaigns

      February 7, 2013

      By Michael K. Lavers on February 7, 2013


      Freedom to Marry on Thursday announced it hopes to raise $2 million for various state same-sex marriage campaigns around the country this year.

      The group said it will invest an initial $800,000 through the “Win More States Fund” to groups in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey and Rhode Island fighting to allow gays and lesbians to tie knot.





      Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury warns that equal marriage supporters are ‘on wrong side of eternity’

      by Corinne Pinfold
      11 February 2013, 12:42pm


      The Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, has once again preached an attack on the government’s equal marriage bill, less than a week after it was supported by MPs in the House of Commons.





      House of Lords may stage an anti-equal marriage rebellion

      by Corinne Pinfold
      11 February 2013, 12:33pm


      More than half the Conservatives in the House of Lords are planning to vote against the same-sex marriage bill alongside “dozens” of Labour and Liberal Democrat peers, according to the Telegraph.





      [Called Out Editors’ note – Really?  What age specifically?  We’re past our teens by more than a little bit and we haven’t grown out of it yet.]

      Tory MP: Same-sex marriage will damage youth who will grow out of a ‘normal gay phase’

      by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
      10 February 2013, 2:56pm


      Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Sir John Stanley, has claimed that homosexuality is a ‘normal phase’ for youngsters before become heterosexual in later life.





      Anti-gay group targets National Cathedral over gay marriage

      February 11, 2013

      By Lou Chibbaro Jr. on February 11, 2013


      An organization started by religious right figure Ralph Reed is circulating an online petition demanding that the federal government halt all “current or future” funds for the Washington National Cathedral because of its recent decision to perform same-sex weddings.


      In a statement released on Friday, the Faith and Freedom Coalition noted that in recent years the National Cathedral has received a $700,000 grant from the National Park Service’s “Save America’s Treasure’s” program, which funds efforts to preserve and maintain historic buildings.


      “With this policy change, taxpayers are being asked to subsidize gay marriage ceremonies for a church that can readily access millions of their own,” the group said in its statement.





      Marriage equality supporters seek to repeal Oregon’s ban on gay marriage

      Associated Press


      SALEM, Ore. — Supporters of same-sex marriage said Monday they’re aiming at a vote next year to reverse Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, which was approved in 2004.


      The state’s leading gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, said it’s formed a campaign organization to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The group will need to collect at least 116,000 valid signatures.





      French Assembly Passes Gay Marriage, Adoption Bill

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Feb 12, 2013


      France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children, handing a major legislative victory to President Francois Hollande’s Socialists on a divisive social issue.





      Gay Marriage Backers Plan Oregon Vote in ’14 to Reverse Ban

      by Jonathan J. Cooper

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Feb 12, 2013


      Supporters of same-sex marriage said Monday they’re aiming at a vote next year to reverse Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, which was approved in 2004.

      The state’s leading gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, said it has formed a campaign organization to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The group will need to collect at least 116,000 valid signatures.





      French National Assembly approves equal marriage bill

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      12 February 2013, 4:20pm


      The French National Assembly approved the country's equal marriage bill (Image: James Cridland)

      France took a step closer to legalising equal marriage and adoptions for same sex couples, as its National Assembly approved a bill to do so, during its second reading today.





      Update: Cincinnati teacher sacked for refusing to recant statement supporting equal marriage

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      11 February 2013, 5:06pm


      The Assistant Principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been sacked, for refusing to recant statements he made in support of equal marriage for gay people.





      US: Mayor of Atlanta admits that he was ‘wrong’ to oppose equal marriage in the past

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      13 February 2013, 4:29pm


      The Mayor of Atlanta, who recently announced he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, has said he feels he “was wrong” to have opposed equal marriage in the past, in favour of civil unions.





      Illinois Senate Passes Marriage Bill

      by Sara Burnett

      Associated Press

      Thursday Feb 14, 2013


      Illinois moved closer Thursday to becoming the 10th state in the nation where same-sex couples can legally wed, after the Senate voted to lift a ban on gay marriage.





      Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism

      by Corinne Pinfold
      15 February 2013, 5:44pm


      A spokesman for the Associated Press (AP), the foremost authority on journalistic style and standards, has reaffirmed that it will be sticking to guidelines published on 11 February that state reporters should “generally” not refer to same-sex married couples as “husbands” or “wives”.





      US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      14 February 2013, 9:23pm


      Updated 10:44pm - The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage – although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.





      Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin

      by Corinne Pinfold
      13 February 2013, 7:01pm


      A series of public hearings held by a joint team of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department and the House committee on Legal Affairs, Justice and Human Rights - began in Thailand last week.





      Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Union Bills Filed In Legislature

      By Joey Palacios


      As some states across the U.S. approve same-sex marriage by voters or legislatures, many are asking when conservative Texas will move forward on the issue. Several lawmakers filed bills this week that can be seen at least symbolic victories of progress.


      In 2005, Texas voters approved a ban on same-sex partnerships, marriages and civil unions with 76 percent approving the ban. The resolution was known was Proposition II.  A couple years before that, in 2003, a bill by former state Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio passed the legislature altering the Texas Family Code limiting the union to one man and one woman; what was known as the Texas Defense of Marriage Act.



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      Poll: 92% of Nigerians support proposed bill to criminalise same-sex marriage by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      Message 2 of 22 , Jun 30, 2013
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        Poll: 92% of Nigerians support proposed bill to criminalise same-sex marriage

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        20 June 2013, 7:05pm


        The poll found that 92% of respondents agreed with the bill to ban equal marriage

        A new poll has found that 92% of Nigerians are in support of a proposed bill to make same-sex marriages punishable with 14 year prison sentences.





        US Supreme Court Justice says the court should not rule on ‘moral’ issues like equal marriage

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        22 June 2013, 5:37pm


        Less than a week until the US Supreme Court is expected to make rulings in two key equal marriage cases, one of its justices has spoken out to say the court should not be ruling on such an issue.






        U.S. High Court Rulings Impact Same-Sex United Methodist Couples

        by Heather Hahn

        June 26, 2013


        A UMNS Report


        The full ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings Wednesday, June 26, on same-sex marriage still are being hashed out.

        But on one thing many United Methodists agree: The decisions will add fuel to a longtime denominational debate on how the church ministers to gays and lesbians.


        In the case Windsor v. United States, a 5-4 majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, arguing that it is a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons as protected by the Fifth Amendment.





        DOMA, SCOTUS and You

        by Joey Reed

        June 26, 2013


        Today (June 26), the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declared unconstitutional sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).


        You likely have an opinion.


        I do, too. I’d like our opinions to meet, have coffee, and learn from each other.


        Here’s mine. The ruling of the Supreme Court makes perfect sense if you understand that the Constitution is the operative document.

        The ruling of the Supreme Court makes no sense if you think that the Constitution is based on Scripture as the operative document.





        Same-Sex-Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States

        June 26, 2013 7:11 PM


        The dual victories the Supreme Court to gay-marriage supporters Wednesday seemed to temporarily shift the focus of the fight from Washington to the states.


        For instance, one of the more notable reactions to the Supreme Court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and upholding a lower court ruling that blocked California's Proposition 8 from taking effect came from the American Civil Liberties Union.





        After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples

        June 26, 201311:52 AM


        The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.


        But what happens now that the 1996 federal law that confines marriage to a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional?


        Will federal benefits flow only to same-sex married couples living in states that recognize their unions?


        What about same-sex spouses who are legally married but living in states that ban such unions?





        How The End Of DOMA Will Affect Obamacare, Federal Employees

        by Joe Neel

        June 26, 2013 5:19 PM


        The Supreme Court's that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional will not only make a big difference in health benefits for some federal employees, it could also affect people who will be newly eligible for Obamacare beginning next year.


        For lower-income people seeking coverage under Obamacare, marriage may not provide a financial advantage, tax experts say.


        Once the dust settles and new policies can be drawn up, federal employees in same-sex marriages will be able to enroll their partners in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan. The Obama administration has extended several benefits to gay employees in recent years, but was prohibited by DOMA from providing FEHBP coverage.





        Justice Kennedy At Center Of Gay Rights Decisions For A Decade

        June 26, 2013 2:33 PM


        Ten years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas "" law that criminalized some sexual acts.


        Today, on the anniversary of that decision, the high court that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.


        At the center of those landmark decisions has been Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the court's majority opinions in both.





        Supreme Court Strikes Down the Defense of Marriage Act

        by Mark Sherman

        Associated Press

        Wednesday Jun 26, 2013


        In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

        The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits.



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        Federal Marriage Benefits? Not for Everyone by Stephen Ohlemacher Associated Press
        Message 3 of 22 , Jul 16, 2013
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          Federal Marriage Benefits? Not for Everyone

          by Stephen Ohlemacher

          Associated Press

          Sunday Jun 30, 2013


          Like other married couples, same-sex couples are about to learn that federal benefits for being married might not be all they’re cracked up to be.

          Social Security benefits for spouses can be generous, but only for couples with big disparities in their incomes. Taxes are a decidedly mixed bag, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions for the Internal Revenue Service.

          Many middle-income couples should get welcome tax breaks now that they can change their filing status from "single" to "married filing jointly." The biggest benefits will go to couples in which one spouse makes more money than the other.





          Tax Benefits and Penalties of Marriage

          Associated Press

          Sunday Jun 30, 2013


          The Supreme Court has struck down part of a law that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples who were married in states that recognize their unions. The tax benefits of being married, however, are a mixed bag.





          Prop 8 supporters accuse court of ‘lawlessness’ for allowing resume of same-sex weddings

          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
          29 June 2013, 5:26pm


          Supporters of the now defunct Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the US state of California, have claimed that the courts have acted in a “lawless” way, following the resume of same-sex weddings in the state.





          US: Court gives green light to allow same-sex weddings to resume immediately in California

          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
          29 June 2013, 1:15am


          Same-sex couples wishing to marry in the US state of California have been pleasantly surprised, as a crucial stay has been lifted, meaning the state can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.





          Supreme Court rules on same-sex cases

          Rulings do not change UMC definition of marriage

          by Heather Hahn on July 01, 2013


          (UMNS) — The full ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings June 26 on same-sex marriage are being hashed out. But the rulings already are winning praise from some United Methodists even as they trouble others.


          Decisions will likely add fuel to a long-time denominational debate.


          On one thing many United Methodists agree: The decisions will likely add fuel to a long-time denominational debate on how the church ministers to gays and lesbians.





          Judge: Trial Possible on Mich. Gay Marriage Ban

          by Ed White

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


          DETROIT -- A judge signaled Monday that a trial is possible to determine whether Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional, nearly nine years after voters approved it by a wide margin.


          U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, who are challenging a law that bars them from adopting each other’s children as well as a 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage only as between a man and a woman.





          New Poll: Marriage Equality Support at Record High in Wake of SCOTUS Ruling

          by Jason St. Amand

          National News Editor

          Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


          According to a new USA Today poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage - a record high, which comes after the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.


          "By an unprecedented 55 percent to 40 percent, Americans say marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights of traditional marriage," USA Today writes. "That’s the highest level of support since Gallup began asking the question in 1996. Then, fewer than half that number, 27 percent, backed the idea."



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          Same-Sex Ruling has Employers Tweaking Benefits by Sam Hananel Associated Press
          Message 4 of 22 , Jul 22, 2013
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            Same-Sex Ruling has Employers Tweaking Benefits

            by Sam Hananel

            Associated Press

            Friday Jul 5, 2013


            The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law.


            The impact of the decision striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is clear in the 13 states and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is currently legal, or soon will be: Same-sex married couples must be treated the same as other spouses under federal laws governing tax, health care, pensions and other federal benefits.




            ACLU Sues State of Montana Over Benefits for Gay Couples

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Jul 16, 2013


            A civil rights organization filed a new lawsuit against the state Monday on behalf of seven gay couples in an attempt to win for them the same benefits that married couples receive in Montana.

            The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed its amended complaint after the state Supreme Court rejected its first lawsuit in December for being too broad and not identifying specific laws that are discriminatory.




            Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn Ark. Gay Marriage Ban

            by Chuck Bartels

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Jul 16, 2013


            Three gay couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday that seeks to overturn a 2004 Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage.


            Two of the couples applied to get married in Pulaski County and were turned down. One couple was legally married in New York but "are treated as legal strangers in their home state of Arkansas," according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Jack Wagoner III of Little Rock.




            Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            16 July 2013, 9:21pm


            The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon will be given Royal Assent to become law.




            Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Jul 17, 2013


            Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.

            Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said royal assent had been given - one day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

            The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.




            Gay Marriage Supporters Launch $2 Million Illinois Campaign

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Jul 17, 2013


            Gay-marriage supporters are launching a $2 million statewide campaign to approve same-sex marriage in Illinois.

            Illinois Unites for Marriage is a coalition representing gay rights, civil rights and political groups.




            Tory MP Mike Freer: If gay people pay the same contributions, their pension rights must be the same

            by Scott Roberts
            17 July 2013, 7:23pm


            Conservative MP Mike Freer raised the issue of pensions inequality during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage Commons debate and said it was right to settle the discrepancy “whatever the cost”.




            Gay Marriage: Britain, France in Surprise Contrast

            by Angela Charlton and Gregory Katz

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Jul 17, 2013


            The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deep conservative streak in sometimes violent protests - while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.

            With little fanfare or controversy, Britain announced Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth II - hardly a social radical - had signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in England and Wales. France has also legalized gay marriages, but only after a series of gigantic protests attracting families from the traditional heartland that revealed a deeply split society.




            Equality Network calls on Scotland to legalise equal marriage following England & Wales Royal Assent

            by Scott Roberts
            17 July 2013, 3:13pm


            Scottish campaigners have welcomed Wednesday’s Royal Assent of the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, and are using it to redouble their efforts to achieve marriage equality in Scotland.




            Equal marriage bill for England and Wales given Royal Assent and is now law

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            17 July 2013, 2:18pm


            The equal marriage bill for England and Wales was today given Royal Assent, and is now officially law.




            N.Y. official pushes feds to recognize same-sex marriages

            MICHAEL GORMLEY | Associated Press

            Friday, July 19, 2013


            ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.


            DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a “place of celebration” standard in federal government, meaning gay marriages that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state pension fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures when providing benefits for gay couples.




            For some Minnesota Methodists, a same-sex marriage conundrum on Aug. 1

            by Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio

            July 22, 2013


            MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's new marriage law goes into effect Aug. 1, creating new urgency for many faith communities about whether they will perform such weddings, particularly those that have been wrestling with how to address sexual orientation for decades.


            Among those torn over the issue are Methodists, who have a unique history on the matter in Minnesota -- as retired pastor Roger Lynn would surely testify.




            Same-sex marriage in Minnesota: A cross-section of faith communities' approaches

            by Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio,
            Mike Cronin, Minnesota Public Radio

            July 22, 2013


            ST. PAUL, Minn. — Same-sex couples can legally wed in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Marriage in the eyes of the state's many faith communities, however, is a different matter.


            Reactions from Minnesota religious organizations -- and sometimes from within those organizations -- vary widely.




            NY Official Pushes Feds to Recognize Gay Marriages

            by Michael Gormley

            Associated Press

            Friday Jul 19, 2013


            New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.


            DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a "place of celebration" standard in federal government, meaning that gay marriages that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state pension fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures when providing benefits for gay couples.




            Minnesota Gay Couples Await Guidance on Income Taxes

            Associated Press

            Friday Jul 19, 2013


            Minnesota gay couples preparing to get married after it becomes legal next month will have to wait a bit longer for guidance on their income taxes.




            San Diego County Clerk Seeks End to Gay Marriages

            by Paul Elias

            Associated Press

            Saturday Jul 20, 2013


            SAN FRANCISCO - The San Diego County clerk has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages.

            Ernest Dronenburg Jr. urged the state high court to immediately halt same-sex weddings while it considers his legal arguments that gay marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision widely regarded as authorizing gay weddings.




            Ohio Men Challenge State Law Denying Gay Marriage

            Associated Press

            Saturday Jul 20, 2013


            CINCINNATI - Two Ohio men have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ohio violates the U.S Constitution by denying legal recognition to same-sex couples married in states where gay marriage is legal.

            James Obergefell and John Arthur of Cincinnati filed the lawsuit Friday in Cincinnati against Ohio’s governor, attorney general and the Cincinnati health department registrar who files death certificates.




            Minn. Churches Prepare for Gay Wedding Decisions

            Associated Press

            Monday Jul 22, 2013


            Minnesota’s new law allowing gay marriage takes effect Aug. 1, but one former United Methodist minister with a long history of support for the issue won’t be able to publicly preside over any same-sex weddings.


            Roger Lynn, a retired United Methodist pastor, performed a wedding ceremony in 1971 for two Minneapolis men, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, whose legal fight to be allowed to marry was among the nation’s first. Lynn’s role in the ceremony caused ruffles in the larger United Methodist community, and a year later its General Conference passed a resolution defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.




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            US: Democratic West Virginia Representative backs anti-equal marriage federal ban

            by Scott Roberts
            19 July 2013, 7:08pm


            A Democratic lawmaker is joining dozens of Republicans who want to ban same-sex marriages in the US Constitution – even though there efforts are unlikely to succeed.




            US: City measure introduced to allow same-sex married couples full marriage benefits

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            19 July 2013, 4:39pm


            A measure has been introduced in the city of Richmond, Virginia which would allow employees of the city in same-sex marriages to receive the same benefits as straight married couples.



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            Judge Rules for Ohio Men’s Same-Sex Marriage Associated Press Tuesday Jul 23,
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              Judge Rules for Ohio Men’s Same-Sex Marriage

              Associated Press

              Tuesday Jul 23, 2013


              A federal judge has ruled in favor of two Ohio men who want their out-of-state marriage recognized as one of them nears death, a case that’s seen as encouraging for same-sex marriage supporters in the state.




              NM Attorney General Not Defending Gay Marriage Ban

              by Barry Massey

              Associated Press

              Tuesday Jul 23, 2013


              New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.


              In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.




              Mo. Court Seeks More Input on Gay Death Benefits

              Associated Press

              Tuesday Jul 23, 2013


              A U.S. Supreme Court decision about federal benefits for gay couples has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to take a second look at a pending case.




              NY to Refund Gay Couples Forced to Pay Estate Tax

              by Michael Gormley

              Associated Press

              Tuesday Jul 23, 2013


              Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state.

              Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the refunds are being issued as a result of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA.




              Archbishop of Kenya warns Justin Welby against supporting civil partnerships

              by Scott Roberts
              23 July 2013, 1:28pm


              The Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, has criticised the Archbishops of Canterbury and York because he feels they are softening their position on same-sex civil partnerships.




              Ky. Couple Challenges Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

              by Brett Barrouquere

              Associated Press

              Friday Jul 26, 2013


              A Louisville couple challenged Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages, saying Friday that the state isn’t treating them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples.


              Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon, both 55, are asking a federal judge in Louisville to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.




              Federal Judge Orders Ohio Officials to Recognize Same-Sex Couple’s Marriage

              by Justin Snow

              Metro Weekly

              Saturday Jul 27, 2013


              A federal judge Monday ordered Ohio officials to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple wed in Maryland on the death certificate of one of the two men currently in hospice care.


              Timothy Black.jpgU.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black wrote in Monday’s order that despite Ohio’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, "Ohio law has historically and unambiguously provided that the validity of a marriage is determined by whether it complies with the law of the jurisdiction where it was celebrated."




              July 27, 2013 9:05AM

              New Challenges to Gay Marriage Bans From Within States & Denominations

              Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge


              Don't look now but the marriage equality snowball is gaining momentum. Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act allowing legally wed gay and lesbian couples access to the federal rights and responsibilities of marriage, LGBT rights groups have wasted no time using the momentum to push for more changes.


              Couples in states like Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas and Pennsylvania have filed lawsuits challenging those states' laws against marriage equality.




              Gay Marriage Court Win In Ohio May Spawn New Suits

              by Amanda Lee Myers

              Associated Press

              Saturday Jul 27, 2013


              Two gay men who successfully sued to get their out-of-state marriage recognized in Ohio despite a state ban are at the forefront of what supporters and experts believe will be a rush of similar lawsuits aiming to take advantage of an apparent legal loophole.

              John Arthur of Cincinnati, who is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, won the right to be listed as married on his death certificate and to have his partner of more than 20 years listed as his surviving spouse.




              Lawmakers to Revive Gay Marriage Debate in Neb.

              by Grant Schulte

              Associated Press

              Monday Jul 29, 2013


              Nebraska lawmakers will revive a gay marriage debate later this year, with a hearing that could lead to a proposed ballot measure on the issue.


              The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will convene on Oct. 4 to review Nebraska’s constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.




              Nigeria Denies Will Allow Gay Married Diplomats

              Associated Press

              Monday Jul 29, 2013


              Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is denying reports the minister said he would allow gay married diplomats to be accredited.




              Mexico: State of Colima legalises civil unions for same-sex couples


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              UruguayÆs Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect Monday Aug 5, 2013 As reported in BBC News , today
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                Uruguay’s Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect

                Monday Aug 5, 2013


                As reported in BBC News, today Rodrigo Borda and Sergio Miranda became the first same-sex couple to register to marry in Uruguay, just hours after the law legalizing gay took effect in the country. The couple plans to marry in September.


                The marriage equality bill, which passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the legislature last April and was signed into law by President José Mujica in May, makes Uruguay the second country in Latin America to offer full marriage rights to all of its citizens.




                Ill. Governor Says Wis. Should Legalize Gay Marriage

                Associated Press

                Monday Aug 5, 2013


                Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Wisconsin should follow the lead of other Midwest states and legalize gay marriage.

                Quinn said Saturday during a break at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee that gay people should not have more rights in some states in the region and less in others.




                Marriage Equality Not Coming to Wisconsin Anytime Soon

                by Jason St. Amand

                National News Editor

                Monday Aug 5, 2013


                Same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot in Wisconsin may have to put any wedding plans on hold for awhile, after Gov. Scott Walker (R) made some discouraging comments at a weekend conference in Milwaukee, the Huffington Post reports.




                Lawsuit Challenges Illinois Gay Marriage Ban

                Associated Press

                Tuesday Aug 6, 2013


                CHICAGO - A Cook County judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether to dismiss a case challenging Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage.

                Circuit Judge Sophia Hall will hear arguments Tuesday.




                West PA Mayor Marries Gay Men with E. PA License

                Associated Press

                Tuesday Aug 6, 2013


                BRADDOCK, Pa.-A Pittsburgh-area mayor has married two men who obtained a license from an eastern Pennsylvania county official who has issued more than 60 licenses to same-sex couples despite a state law that defines marriage as a contract between one man and one woman.




                Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Next Month

                Associated Press

                Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


                CHICAGO After hearing nearly two hours of arguments, a Cook County judge said Tuesday she’ll decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ gay marriage ban late next month.




                Demand For Gay-Marriage Licenses in Pa. is Rising

                Associated Press

                Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


                Demand among same-sex couples for marriage licenses from an eastern Pennsylvania county official flouting state law shows no sign of slacking.




                Pentagon May Revise Same-Sex Benefits

                Associated Press

                Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


                WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.




                Taiwan: Authorities uphold first same-sex transgender marriage

                by Aaron Day
                8 August 2013, 3:21pm


                Authorities in Taiwan have agreed not to revoke the marriage status of a local transgender couple, in a move activists have called a “benchmark” ruling.




                Exclusive: Alex Salmond says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland because it’s the ‘right thing to do’

                by Scott Roberts
                8 August 2013, 10:59am


                Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has spoken out about why he supports equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.




                US: Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses by end of August

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                8 August 2013, 1:32am


                Reports suggest that the Pentagon is to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of this month.




                Brazil Army Must Recognize Same-Sex Civil Union

                Associated Press

                Friday Aug 9, 2013


                A court has ordered Brazil’s Army for the first time to recognize a same-sex civil union between a sergeant and his companion.




                Pa. County Grants 100th Same-Sex Marriage License

                by Maryclaire Dale

                Associated Press

                Friday Aug 9, 2013


                A suburban Philadelphia county defying Pennsylvania’s marriage law issued its 100th same-sex license Friday, just weeks after opening the courthouse door to gay men and women.




                Brazil: Court orders army to recognise same-sex civil union

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                9 August 2013, 6:10pm


                The judge ruled that the army must recognise the civil union of the same-sex couple

                For the first time in Brazil, a court has ordered the Brazilian Army to reconise a same-sex civil union.




                Gay Rights Group: Don’t Delay Marriage in N.J.

                Associated Press

                Sunday Aug 11, 2013


                TRENTON - Lawyers for a group of gay couples said in a court filing Friday that New Jersey’s key argument against allowing same-sex marriage immediately is "contrary to established law."




                US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                12 August 2013, 11:49pm


                The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which ”risks causing serious and limitless harm”, a filing by lawyers for the state Health Department said on Monday.




                Nigerian bishops: We’re against equal marriage but empathise with people who live with ‘homosexual tendencies’

                by Scott Roberts
                12 August 2013, 5:26pm


                A group of bishops in Nigeria have warned against equal marriage but say they “empathise with people who live with homosexual and gay tendencies”.




                Source: Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard considered reversing equal marriage opposition

                by Daniel Carter
                12 August 2013, 12:25pm


                It’s being reported by an Australian broadcaster that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tempted to drop her opposition to equal marriage during her time in office.




                US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                11 August 2013, 4:15pm


                A New Jersey court case will this week hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means for that states.




                Same-Sex Couples Seeking Insurance Wait For IRS Rules

                by Michelle Andrews

                August 13, 201310:49 AM


                Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, federal agencies have to figure out the regulations that govern everything from to income taxes.




                Gay Ohio Couple Win Extension Recognizing Marriage

                Associated Press

                Tuesday Aug 13, 2013


                CINCINNATI: A federal judge on Tuesday extended a temporary restraining order preventing state authorities from enforcing their ban on gay marriage against two men who got married in another state as one of them nears death.



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