Marriage Equality

Ted Cruz: SCOTUS Was “Clearly Wrong” On Obergefell

Newsweek reports: Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, said Saturday that he believes the Supreme Court was “clearly wrong” when it decided in a historic 2015 ruling that same-sex marriage was legal under the Constitution. In a video uploaded to YouTube from his Verdict+ podcast, Cruz discussed what was described as the “vulnerability” of the Obergefell ruling. He argued that …

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Slovenia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage And Adoptions

Total Slovenia News reports: The Constitutional Court legalised same-sex marriage and adoptions with immediate effect after finding a law under which only heterosexual partners can marry and same-sex couples cannot adopt children to be in contravention of the constitutional ban on discrimination. Announcing the news on Friday, the court gave the National Assembly six months to amend the law accordingly, …

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Same-Sex Marriages Begin In Switzerland [VIDEO]

Euronews reports: Geneva natives Laure and Aline have been waiting for this day ever since they met 21 years ago. “We sent out the invitations at the last minute,” Laure told Euronews. “People sometimes have trouble making themselves available on a Friday at 11 am.” Switzerland is one of the last countries in western Europe to allow same-sex marriage. Hundreds …

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Pelosi Readies Bills To Codify Landmark SCOTUS Rulings

Axios reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday said she’s preparing votes on a number of bills protecting abortion as well as codifying landmark Supreme Court decisions as a response to the court overturning Roe v. Wade. In a “Dear Colleague” letter to her caucus, Pelosi hinted at bills to respond to Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion in Dobbs …

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Lindsey Graham Downplays Risk To Obergefell Ruling

The Hill reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Justice Samuel Alito “set the right tone” by writing in an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade that Supreme Court decisions protecting contraception and same-sex marriage are not in jeopardy. Graham made the remarks during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” while noting that he respects Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote …

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Japanese Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Legal

Reuters reports: A Japanese court ruled on Monday that a ban on same-sex marriage was not unconstitutional, dealing a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group of Seven nation that does not allow people of the same gender to marry. The ruling dashes activists’ hopes of raising pressure on the central government to address the issue after a …

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Thailand Moves To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Australia’s ABC News outlet reports: Thai politicians have passed four different bills on same-sex unions, in what appears to be a step towards Thailand becoming the second territory in Asia to legalise same-gender marriages. Thailand has one of Asia’s most open and visible LGBTQ+ communities, adding to its image of tolerance and attraction as a liberal holiday destination for foreign …

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Hate Group Files Damages Appeal In Kim Davis Case

Via email from hate group leader Mat Staver: Liberty Counsel filed its opening brief in the appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of former Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, who was denied the motion for summary judgment by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in the cases of Ermold v. Davis and Yates v. Davis. …

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Gallup: Same-Sex Marriage Support At Record 71%

Gallup reports: Seventy-one percent of Americans say they support legal same-sex marriage, which exceeds the previous high of 70% recorded in 2021 by one percentage point. These data are from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 2-22. When Gallup first polled about same-sex marriage in 1996, barely a quarter of the public (27%) supported legalizing such unions. It …

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Walker: States Should Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Over the weekend, Herschel Walker was asked at a Columbus rally about whether he would “stop the gay weddings.” There was much crosstalk in the audio, but Walker responded that “each state should determine that.” Walker campaign spokeswoman Mallory Blount said Georgians should not take that to mean that the candidate, whose son is openly gay, …

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AOC Echoes Warnings: Obergefell May Be Next To Fall

The Hill reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday warned progressives that the Supreme Court “isn’t just coming for abortion” after a leak of a Supreme Court draft ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Ocasio-Cortez later retweeted a statement from Slate reporter Mark Joseph Stern pointing to passages in the draft opinion. “[Supreme Court Justice Samuel] Alito’s draft opinion …

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TN Bill Creates Separate Class For Straight Marriages

Nashville’s Fox News affiliate reports: A Tennessee bill to be heard in the state senate Thursday would create a marriage class specifically for marriage between a man and a woman. SB562/HB233 creates a “Record of Marital Contract at Common Law” to be filed by county clerks and establishes common law marriage in the state as “between one man and one …

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Cuban Govt Seeks Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Reuters reports: Cuba’s communist government is seeking to rally support for a new family code that would open the door to gay marriage and boost women’s rights, but experts and a recent survey suggest an upcoming referendum vote may not provide a rubber stamp. The new code would legalize same sex marriage and civil unions, allow such couples to adopt …

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Cornyn Attacks Same-Sex Marriage Ruling At SCOTUS Hearing: “Who Do These People Really Think They Are?”

Mother Jones reports: During the second day of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) took the occasion to attack marriage equality. His line of questioning comes as conservatives have continued to use state legislatures and the courts to roll back rights for LGBTQ people. While a majority of Americans support marriage equality, it …

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Federal Judge Rules Former Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Violated Constitutional Rights Of Same-Sex Couples

Lexington’s CBS News affiliate reports: A federal judge has ruled that former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis violated the constitutional rights of two same-sex couples when she denied them marriage licenses during the summer of 2015. In an order published Friday afternoon, United States District Judge David L. Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky granted summary judgment in a …

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Día Histórico: Same-Sex Marriages Begin In Chile

CBS News reports: Two same-sex couples became the first Thursday to legally tie the knot in Chile, which joined countries in majority Catholic Latin America to allow LGBTQ couples to marry. Under a law approved by Congress in December and signed by outgoing President Sebastian Pinera, they can also now adopt children. “We never imagined we would experience this moment …

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Activist Jim Obergefell Launches Run For Ohio House

The Huffington Post reports: Jim Obergefell, who was at the center of the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized marriage equality in the United States, announced Tuesday that he is running for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. “We should all be able to participate fully in society and the economy, living in strong communities with great public …

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NJ Lawmakers Vote To Codify Same-Sex Marriage

The New Jersey Advance reports: Eight years after court decisions made same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey, both houses of the state Legislature on Monday passed a bill that would officially enshrine gay couples right to wed into state law. The state Senate voted 35-4 on Monday afternoon. The Assembly passed it by a 53 to-10 vote with four abstentions …

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NJ Moves To Formally Codify Same-Sex Marriage

Politico reports: For the first time since 2012, the New Jersey Legislature held a vote on gay marriage. In this case, just the Assembly Judiciary Committee. But it appears the bill, which writes the 2013 Superior Court decision legalizing gay marriage into law, is headed for a quick passage in the lame duck. The reason: With the right-leaning U.S. Supreme …

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Chilean Lawmakers Legalize Same-Sex Marriage [Video]

The New York Times reports: Lawmakers in Chile on Tuesday legalized same-sex marriage, a landmark victory for gay rights activists that underscores how profoundly the country’s politics and society have shifted in the past decade. By overwhelming majorities in both chambers, lawmakers put the unions of same-sex couples on par with others, making Chile the 31st nation to allow gay …

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