Marriage Equality

KENTUCKY: Judge Updates Ruling On Clerk Kim Davis, Sets August 31st Expiration For Stay On Marriage Order

US District Court Judge David Bunning today updated last week’s ruling on county clerk Kim Davis’ demand for a stay on his order that she must issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Today’s order clarifies that last week’s temporary stay expires on August 31st unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals acts sooner.  Via Equality Case Files, here is ...

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AUSTRALIA: Bomb Squad Responds After Activists Send Glitter-Filled Letter To Marriage Opponent MP

The Australian activist group GetUp sent glitter-filled letters to Parliament members who oppose same-sex marriage. One of them called the police who then sent in a bomb squad. The Guardian reports: Police, bomb squads and hazardous material teams were called to investigate after a staff member of the Liberal backbencher Craig Laundy thought glitter in a letter about same-sex marriage ...

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PUERTO RICO: 60 Couples Wed In Mass Ceremony [VIDEO]

Over 60 gay couples married on Sunday in Puerto Rico’s first such mass ceremony. The Associated Press reports: The event follows the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in late June requiring every state to recognize same-sex marriages. The U.S. island’s governor signed an executive order soon after that ruling to comply. Organizer Ada Conde, an attorney who filed a federal ...

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TEXAS: Gay Couple Settles Marriage Suit Against Hood County Clerk For $44,000 In Legal Fees

The commissioners of Hood County, Texas have agreed to pay the legal fees of the gay couple who sued county clerk Katie Lang, saying that they are saving her from “dealing with the additional expense and significant financial exposure her actions caused the taxpayers of her county.” More from the Dallas Morning News: It has been a month since Joe ...

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KENTUCKY: Court Grants Clerk Kim Davis Temporary Stay While Appeal To Sixth Circuit Is Being Considered

Last week a federal court ordered Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to all qualified couples. The very next morning her office turned away two couples as Davis filed for a stay while she appeals. This afternoon that court denied her request for a stay pending the result of her appeal, but granted her request ...

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Cayman Islands Reaffirms Same-Sex Marriage Ban To Stop The Satanic Confusion Of Homosexuality

Saying that he was acting on “Holy Bible evidence” about the “Satanic confusion” of homosexuality, Cayman Islands Rep. Anthony Eden has led the legislature of the popular cruise destination to unanimously reaffirm its ban on same-sex marriage. From the Cayman Compass: “To me, this is one of the most important motions for this House and the people of the Cayman ...

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AUSTRALIA: Elderly Sydney Couple Together 48 Years Says “Let Us Get Married Before We Die”

Via ABC News: A Sydney-based gay couple aged in their late eighties, who have been in a relationship for 48 years, say they want the right to marry before they die. After a lifetime of relative privilege and opportunity, it is the one thing that eludes John Challis, and at 87, it really bothers him. “I’m not going to live ...

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TEXAS: Red-Caped Catholic Loons Stage Highway Protest Against Obergefell Ruling [VIDEO]

As always, they focus on pissed off passersby. From the clip description: “Everywhere — Americans are unhappy with the Supreme Court. We will not allow true marriage to be destroyed. Share the video. See for yourself how people received the latest TFP tour for marriage in the South.” At the end of the clip you’ll see them outside the Alamo.

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KENTUCKY: Focus On The Family To Rally At State Capitol In Support Of Renegade County Clerk Kim Davis

Organizers claim that the rally is not anti-gay and is not meant to protest the Obergefell ruling. “This rally will be a peaceful but strong statement that Kentuckians want ALL that is good for America and for ALL American citizens. The one thing they cannot allow is any loss of religious liberty or freedom of conscience.”

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AUSTRALIA: Liberal Party MP Warren Entsch Defies PM Tony Abbott, Introduces Marriage Equality Bill [VIDEO]

A member of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s own Liberal Party yesterday introduced a marriage equality bill in defiance of Abbott’s mandate that all government MPs vote against any such attempt. The BBC reports: The bill was introduced by government backbencher Warren Entsch, one of several government backbenchers who plan to defy Mr Abbott by crossing the floor of the ...

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FLORIDA: Attorney General Pam Bondi Objects To Paying Legal Fees For Same-Sex Marriage Battle

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi doesn’t think the state should have to pay the legal fees of the gay couples who successfully overturned her state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Because reasons. Via the Tampa Bay Times: Last week, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi objected to a motion concerning legal fees from lawyers who represented gay couples seeking to have their ...

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AUSTRALIA: Thousands Rally For Marriage, Angrily Denounce Anti-Gay Prime Minster Tony Abbott [VIDEO]

Thousands of Australians rallied in Melbourne today in protest of Prime Minster Tony Abbott’s continued opposition to a free vote on marriage equality in Parliament. Via the Age: On a bustling city street under overcast skies, they came in their thousands. Some came in hope, optimistic that change was inevitable. Some came in anger, outraged at a prime minister standing ...

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KENTUCKY: Newspaper Slams Liberty Counsel’s “Losing Cause” In Support Of Renegade Clerk Kim Davis

The Lexington Herald Leader has published a BLISTERING editorial which attacks the finances and motives of the Liberty Counsel in their defense of renegade county clerk Kim Davis. An excerpt: Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has chosen to prolong her moment in the limelight by defying a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to legally qualifed people who apply ...

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FLORIDA: State’s First Same-Sex Couple To Marry Denied Birth Certificate Rights For Newborn Twins

The National Center for Lesbian Rights has already filed a lawsuit. Via press release: Just days ago, Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello—the first same-sex couple to be married in Florida—celebrated the birth of their twin son and daughter. But the couple’s joy was soon mixed with fear and frustration when the hospital denied Cathy the right to add her name ...

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KENTUCKY: Office Of County Clerk Kim Davis Defies Court, Turns Away Two Gay Couples Seeking Marriage Licenses

Late yesterday Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was ordered to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Yet this morning her office turned away two gay couples. Via the Associated Press: A Kentucky clerk’s office has turned away two gay couples seeking marriage licenses, defying a federal judge’s order that dismissed her argument involving religious freedom. Hours after the judge’s ...

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AUSTRALIA: American Daughter Of Lesbian Parents Takes Her Anti-Gay Marriage Crusade To Canberra [VIDEO]

Katy Faust was the darling of US hate groups in the run-up to the Obergefell ruling and having failed at home, she’s now taking her anti-gay marriage crusade to Australia’s federal government. Last night she appeared on ABC News there: American Katy Faust was raised by her lesbian mother and her partner and she now runs a blog called asktheBigot, ...

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Australians To Rally Against PM Tony Abbott

Furious with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s threat to fire party leaders who vote for same-sex marriage, this Saturday activists will rally in Melbourne. Via press release: This Saturday over 20,000 people will head into the Melbourne CBD to show their anger at Abbott’s manoeuvring to maintain homophobic discrimination in Australian law. Five reasons to join us and rally: 1. Eleven ...

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BREAKING: Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis Ordered To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses UPDATE: Appeal Filed

A federal court ruled this afternoon that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis must issue same-sex marriage licenses. The Lexington Herald Leader reports: A federal judge ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Wednesday to resume issuing marriage licenses despite her religious objection to same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge David Bunning granted a preliminary injunction against Davis that was requested by ...

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AUSTRALIA: Labor MP Tim Watts Delivers Passionate Speech About His Uncles Who Couldn’t Marry [VIDEO]

Labor MP Tim Watts has made waves in Australia with a passionate marriage equality speech about his uncles who could never marry. From the Sydney Morning Herald: A Labor MP has attacked the Coalition government’s Senate leader Eric Abetz as an “anachronistic joke” in an impassioned speech recounting the story of a gay uncle who died of AIDS without the ...

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AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister Tony Abbott Threatens To Fire Party Leaders Who Vote For Same-Sex Marriage

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today threatened to fire party leaders who “break ranks” and vote for same-sex marriage. Nine News reports: The Prime Minister was responding to a potential vote on the legalisation of same-sex marriage, if MP Warren Entsch were to successfully introduce a cross-party bill to parliament this morning. “It is … the standard position of our ...

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