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INDIANA: Marriage Lawsuit Filed

Add Indiana to the list. Four couples from southern Indiana are asking a federal judge to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The couples are suing the state of Indiana in a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in New Albany that seeks to overturn an Indiana law that …

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MICHIGAN: Marriage Case Concludes

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WASHINGTON: Fired Catholic School Vice President Mark Zmuda To File Lawsuit

The Seattle-area Catholic high school vice president who was fired for marrying his partner will file a lawsuit today. Mark Zmuda alleges, in his filing, that the decision to terminate his employment at the Sammamish prep school was made by Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. The school acknowledges that Eastside Catholic president Sr. Mary Tracy discussed the case with Sartain. …

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MICHIGAN: Marriage Lawsuit “Expert Witness” Says Gays Are Going To Hell

Testimony in Michigan’s marriage equality finished yesterday, but not before one “expert witness” told the court that gays are going to hell. “Is it accurate that you believe the consequence of engaging in homosexual acts is a separation from God and eternal damnation?” Mogill asked the state’s expert, then added, “in other words, they’re going to hell?” “Without repentance, yes,” …

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NEW YORK: Trump Files $100M Libel Suit Against State Attorney General

Last August, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued Donald Trump, allegedly that his Trump University real estate school was a fraudulent get-rich-quick scheme that charged seminar attendees thousands of dollars for useless training.  Yesterday Trump sued Schneiderman for $100M, saying that the state has damaged his reputation. Yeah. Reputation. In legal papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Trump …

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WYOMING: Marriage Lawsuit Filed

Via press release from the NCLR: On March 5, 2014, four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne challenging Wyoming’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and refuse to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. The couples include a university professor, a Major in the Army Reserve, …

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UTAH: GOP Pols File Pro-Gay Marriage Brief With Tenth Circuit Court

Via Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed: Several prominent Western-state conservatives and Republicans — led by former Sen. Alan Simpson — urged the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday to strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marriages in Utah and Oklahoma. Modeled after the briefing at the Supreme Court last year, the brief filed Tuesday aims to convince the court that the …

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MICHIGAN: Attorney For Plaintiffs Is Grilling Regnerus Over Discredited Study

Regnerus returned to the witness stand about an hour ago. Follow along with reporter Amy Lange’s excellent live-tweeting.

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University Of Texas Denounces Regnerus

The University of Texas at Austin yesterday published a statement denouncing their own employee, Mark Regnerus, who is presently testifying against same-sex marriage in Michigan. Like all faculty, Dr. Regnerus has the right to pursue his areas of research and express his point of view. However, Dr. Regnerus’ opinions are his own. They do not reflect the views of the …

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WTC Cross Appeal Opens On Thursday

Oral arguments begin Thursday in the American Atheists lawsuit to have the so-called WTC Cross removed from government property in downtown Manhattan. Via the Christian Post: Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. Measuring 17 feet tall and approximately 4,000 pounds, the piece of debris …

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Jury Awards $5.4M To Woman In Sexual Assault Case At LA Gay Nightclub

A California jury has awarded $5.4M to a woman who reported that she was sexually assaulted by a male employee of the West Hollywood gay nightclub Here Lounge. The 43-year-old woman sued the Here Lounge and club worker Victor Cruz, alleging she was assaulted and raped by him on March 23, 2009. After a 15-day trial in Santa Monica Superior …

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MICHIGAN: Regnerus Takes The Stand

A local reporter is live-tweeting from the courthouse. It’s not yet clear if the judge has ruled that Regnerus is an “expert witness” and if this is his official testimony. Hit the link and follow along. (Tipped by JMG reader Christopher) UPDATE: The reporter just tweeted that Regnerus has been accepted as an expert witness.

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MICHIGAN: Judge Tosses First “Expert” Witness In Marriage Equality Lawsuit

The Associated Press reports: The state of Michigan’s defense of a ban on gay marriage is off to a rocky start after a judge refused to allow the first witness to testify. Sherif Girgis is a law student at Yale University and a doctoral candidate at Princeton University. He has written and talked about a historical defense of marriage between …

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Gay Military Groups File Marriage Equality Amicus Briefs With Tenth Circuit Court

Via press release: The OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (OutServe-SLDN) and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) today jointly filed a friend of the court brief [Amicus Brief] with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the cases of Kitchen v. Herbert, decided by a federal district court in Utah, and Bishop v. Smith, decided by a federal …

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WISCONSIN: ACLU Requests Lift On Marriage Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds

The ACLU today asked a federal judge for an injunction against Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage while their lawsuit is being heard. The organization filed a motion on Thursday with U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, seeking a preliminary injunction that would essentially invalidate the ban until the lawsuit is decided. In a brief accompanying the motion, the ACLU argued it’s …

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Scott Lively Speaks To NPR

Hate group leader Scott Lively appeared on NPR yesterday to defend his campaign against LGBT people around the world. An excerpt: MARTIN: Well, you know, this law, though, has been denounced by the United Nations, by U.S. officials, including the Secretary of State and the president. A number of European nations have said that they’re suspending aid to the country …

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Updated Marriage Map

The map reflects this week’s changes in Texas and Kentucky. Note that a second county in Illinois has begun issuing marriage licenses ahead of the official statewide date of June 1st. Source.

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KENTUCKY: Court Rules That State Must Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Kentucky must now recognize same sex marriages performed in states where it is legal. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn today made final a ruling issued earlier this month in which he found that Kentucky’s marriage amendment and statutes violate of the right to equal protection under the law. “Those laws … are void and unenforceable,” …

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KENTUCKY: Marriage Ruling Due Today, Judge Says No Stay Will Be Issued
UPDATE: Attorney General Seeks Delay

Here’s a very important bit of news we missed amidst all of yesterday’s hoopla. A federal judge said Wednesday afternoon that he would issue a final order within 24 hours requiring Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state. In response, lawyers for the attorney general’s office told U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II at a hearing …

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LGBT Groups Tangle Over Which One Will Bring Marriage Fight Back To SCOTUS

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: The fight to win marriage equality across the nation has in recent months become nearly as much a fight about which lawyers and organizations will get to be the ones making the arguments before the Supreme Court — and taking credit for a win. Now, that fight is breaking out into the open. On Wednesday, …

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