Marriage Equality

TEXAS: Man Sues To Marry His Laptop

Remember the nutcase who sued Apple in 2013 because his computer didn’t block him from accessing the porn which ruined his marriage? And then in 2014 when he attempted to intervene in one of Florida’s same-sex marriage cases so that he could marry that porn-filled laptop? Well, he’s back. Via the Houston Press: Chris Sevier has filed a lawsuit against …

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Ryan Anderson: Gays Wouldn’t Need Marriage If You’d Just Invite Them Over During The Holidays [VIDEO]

“The question is going to be, if we’re not in favor of same-sex marriage, what ARE we in favor of for people with same-sex attractions and how are we helping them live out their vocations? There’s a universal human desire for friendship, for companionship. We all have a need for relationships that matter. So when Thanksgiving comes around, when Christmas …

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John Kasich: Let’s Move On From Gay Marriage [VIDEO]

Last night John Kasich reaffirmed his earlier statements that same-sex marriage is a settled issue. “There could be an effort to pass a Constitutional Amendment. I’m not for doing it. I’m for moving on,” the Republican presidential hopeful said Thursday in a town hall airing on MSNBC. “Exactly where it is now, I’m fine with it,” he said when asked …

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KENTUCKY: Governor Signs Bill Removing Clerks’ Names From Marriage Licenses, Liberty Counsel Cheers

Reuters reports: Kentucky’s governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill that removes county clerks’ names from the state marriage license forms at the center of a controversy involving an official jailed last year for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. Senate Bill 216, signed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin, also creates a single form that either heterosexual or …

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CHINA: Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Case

The Guardian reports: A Chinese judge has rejected a gay couple’s attempt to secure the right to marry in the country’s first same-sex marriage case. Sun Wenlin, 27, from the central province of Hunan, had sued the civil affairs bureau in the city of Changsha for the right to marry his 37-year-old partner Hu Mingliang, a security guard. Sun decided …

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Levis Congratulates Colombia On Marriage

Two days ago the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 6-3 to legalize same-sex marriage and while some formalities remain ahead before weddings can commence, Levis yesterday extended their congratulations with a cheeky hanky code image.

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Pope Francis Issues Edict: Treat Gays Better But Continue To Battle Against Same-Sex Marriage [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice, while not changing any official doctrines. He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gay men and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in …

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PUERTO RICO: First Circuit Court Boots Crackpot Judge Who Ruled Obergefell Doesn’t Apply In US Territories

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A federal appeals court on Thursday stated unambiguously that Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional, throwing a federal judge off a case after the judge had ruled in March that the ban was still in effect. “The district court’s ruling errs in so many respects that it is hard to know where …

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BREAKING: Colombian Constitutional Court APPROVES Same-Sex Marriage In Landmark 6-3 Ruling

In a ruling that was widely anticipated, today the Colombian Constitution Court issued a landmark 6-3 ruling which legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide. Today’s ruling follows a 2011 decision which declared that unions between same-sex couples fall under the government’s definition of families. You can find Spanish-language reporting on today’s ruling here and here. I’ll update this post shortly when we …

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Politico: Republicans Are Gearing Up For Battle Over Convention Platform Position On Same-Sex Marriage

The local Republican Party in each state and territory selects two people to help craft the GOP’s official platform at the convention. Politico today reports that these 112 platform committee members are being lobbied by GOP moderates to write a more inclusive platform position on same-sex marriage, which was denounced in the 2012 platform with a call for a constitutional …

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Trump Blog Archive Contradicts Current Positions

Donald Trump’s current positions on gay marriage, foreign policy, and other issues are totally contradicted by posts pulled from his own blog using the Wayback Machine. Unshocking, yes. Via USA Today: Ten years ago, Donald Trump had a pretty open mind about gay marriage. “If two people dig each other, they dig each other,” he wrote about the marriage of …

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GREENLAND: Same-Sex Marriage Begins

The Perchy Bird reports: Greenland’s same-sex marriage law went into effect today (April 1st). The marriage bill, which is an adoption of Denmark’s matrimonial laws, was passed unanimously by both the Greenlandic Parliament and Danish Parliament. The two-year long journey from the first marriage bill’s submission to marriage equality in Greenland began back in 2014 when the same-sex marriage bill …

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SCOTUS Splits 4-4, Upholds Defeat Of Anti-Gay Bid To Upend Mandatory Public Sector Union Fees

In April 2013, Orange County elementary school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs sued the California Teachers Association, arguing that her mandatory union fees meant that she had been unwillingly forced into financially supporting the union’s advertising campaign against the passage of Proposition 8. Friedrich’s suit was joined by the Christian Educators Association International. Which brings us to today. Via The Atlantic: The …

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TENNESSEE: Federal Court Awards $2 Million In Legal Fees To Plaintiffs In Same-Sex Marriage Battle

From the Knoxville News Sentinel: The state must pay more than $2 million in legal fees to three couples who successfully challenged Tennessee’s same-sex marriage ban, a federal judge in Nashville ruled Friday. Judge Aleta Trauger awarded $1.98 million in attorneys’ fees and $59,916 in expenses to the plaintiffs, which include Knoxville veterinarians Valeria Tanco and Sophy Jesty. The award, …

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KENTUCKY: Compromise Reached On Marriage Licenses

The Kentucky GOP’s plan for a separate marriage license for gay couples has been shot down. Via McClatchyDC: Kentucky would have a single marriage license for straight and gay couples under a compromise plan backed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee. The proposed form would allow applicants to identify themselves as bride, groom or spouse …

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COLOMBIA: Marriage Victory Expected Next Week

JMG reader Luis reports at The Perchy Bird: In Colombia, several media outlets have reported that a 20-page Constitutional Court opinion that will bring marriage equality to the country is ready and only awaits a meeting to cast a Court vote. According to them, sources close to the Court say that the magistrates will vote against one conservative judge’s proposal …

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AUSTRALIA: Senator Tells Parliament That Gay Men Aren’t Faithful Enough To Deserve Marriage

We’ve heard this one before. Gay Star News reports: Family First Senator and marriage equality opponent Bob Day on Friday hit out at same-sex marriage, saying that most gay men in relationships are unfaithful to their partners. During the second reading of the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill, the Senator for South Australia started his speech calling it ‘shameful that activists …

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ALABAMA: Senate Votes To Eliminate Marriage Licenses

Two weeks ago the Alabama Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to Obergefell with a ruling that Chief Justice Roy Moore bizarrely contends actually upholds his state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Today the state Senate continued to ride the crazy train. The Associated Press reports: The Alabama Senate has voted to do away with state-issued marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme …

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Puerto Rico Gov: Ignore That Crazy Anti-Gay Judge

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Today, Governor Alejandro García Padilla [photo] announced that the decision issued yesterday by the District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, holding that the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down discriminatory marriage bans nationwide did not apply to Puerto Rico because it is not a state, would not …

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PUERTO RICO: Federal Judge Declares Obergefell Ruling Does Not Apply To “Unincorporated Territories”

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: Puerto Rico’s marriage ban remains valid and the law of the territory, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Because Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory, the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex couples’ marriage rights does not automatically apply there, U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez ruled in a 10-page decision. The judge had previously upheld …

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