Marriage Equality

Michigan Plaintiffs To Marry Today [VIDEO]

They will be married by the black-robed tyrant who first struck down Michigan’s ban! More from WTSP-TV: April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Michigan couple at the forefront on the battle for marriage equality, will finally say their vows Saturday. The couple came into the public eye as they challenged Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that they had a …

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Wonder Woman Officiates Gay Wedding

“Clark, my country is all women. To us, it’s not ‘gay’ marriage. It’s just marriage.” Gay Star News has the details: Wonder Woman presides over the marriage of two women in a new comic out on 20 August. In latest issue of the Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Chapter 48, the superhero is sent on a UN mission to Russian …

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Feds To Retroactively Grant Social Security Spousal Benefits To Couples In States Affected By Obergefell Ruling

If you are living in one of the eleven states that didn’t have same-sex marriage until the Obergefell ruling, the federal government will now retroactively offer Social Security spousal benefits. The Hill reports: Susan Sommer of Lambda Legal said the government’s decision “could right a wrong for hundreds of same-sex spouses” who lived in the 11 states that didn’t recognize …

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Donald Trump: Gay Marriage Is A Done Deal

“Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it’s not going to happen. Congress can’t pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it.” – Donald Trump, in a far-ranging interview with the Hollywood Reporter that has already drawn anguished wails in Teabagistan. Trump …

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Liberty Counsel To Sixth Circuit: Clerk Kim Davis Will Suffer “Irreversible Harm” If She Signs Even One Marriage License

Saying that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis will suffer “significant irreversible harm” if she’s forced to sign a single same-sex marriage license, last night the Liberty Counsel filed an emergency stay demand with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The filing followed federal Judge David Bunning’s amending of his earlier temporary stay order to add an August 31st expiration date …

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Jonathan Saenz Has The Legal Fees Sadz

“We salute Katie Lang for holding her ground and for showing how this issue works in law; an employee asserts their First Amendment religious freedom rights and the government must seek to reasonably accommodate those beliefs, as was the case here when Lang delegated her role to another employee. This frivolous lawsuit is about intimidation and money for the LGBT …

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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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