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    Judge Rules for Ohio Men’s Same-Sex Marriage Associated Press Tuesday Jul 23,
    Message 1 of 22 , Aug 4, 2013
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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
      Message 2 of 22 , Aug 18, 2013
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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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        Religious leaders in Hawaii call for passage of marriage equality bill Governor says special session to consider marriage bill is very likely OSKAR GARCIA
        Message 3 of 22 , Sep 5, 2013
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