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Appeal Filed Over Gay Marriage Ruling In California

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Supporters of California's gay marriage ban have filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling striking down the voter-approved law. The appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday was expected, as lawyers on both sides of the legal battle repeatedly vowed....

Gay Marriage Goes Before Nation's Largest Appeals Court

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The judge who overturned California's gay marriage ban was unrelenting in his repudiation of the measure, saying such laws are mean-spirited and unconstitutional to the core. It was a harsh yet carefully worded ruling that some experts said would be tough to overturn as the landmark...

Mexican Court Upholds Capital's Gay Marriage Law

MEXICO CITY - (AP) Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law allowing same-sex marriages in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family. The justices' 8-2 ruling handed a legal victory...

Judge Doubts Gay Marriage Ban Backers Can Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure's sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban's backers have the right to challenge his ruling. Chief...

California Gays Must Wait To Wed During Prop 8 Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Gay couples who had been gearing up to get married in California this week had to put their wedding plans on hold once again after a federal appeals court said it first wanted to consider the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban. A three-judge panel. . . . Full...

Gay Couple Challenges Wyoming's Marriage Law

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) A gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Wyoming law that defines marriage as existing only between a man and a woman. David Shupe-Roderick and Ryan W. Dupree of Cheyenne say the Laramie County Clerk's Office. . . . Full version available to lexis.com subscribers...

Court Won't Order California To Defend Proposition 8

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) California's highest court on Wednesday refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state's attorney general to appeal a federal ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court denied a conservative legal group's request to force...

Wyoming Couple Drops Gay Marriage Lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) A gay couple in Cheyenne has dropped a federal lawsuit that challenged the Wyoming law defining marriage as existing only between a man and a woman. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that David Shupe-Roderick and Ryan W. Dupree filed a notice Friday voluntarily dismissing their lawsuit...

Atlanta Megachurch Head Denies Sex With Young Men

ATLANTA - (AP) The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch near Atlanta denies allegations in a lawsuit that he coerced two young men from the congregation into a sexual relationship, his attorney said. Lawyers for the men, now 20 and 21, say they filed the lawsuit Tuesday in DeKalb County Court...

Prop. 8: Which Side Has More To Lose?

This post first appeared on Appellate Daily . Assuming Prop. 8 reaches the Supreme Court on the merits, which side has more to lose? If the Court strikes down Prop. 8 as unconstitutional, its supporters will lose California, as well as forty-four other states that currently do not allow same-sex marriage...

Feds Appeal Mass. Rulings Against U.S. Marriage Law

BOSTON - (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday defended the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman by appealing two rulings in Massachusetts by a judge who called the law unconstitutional for denying federal benefits to gay married couples. In two separate cases. . . . Full...

Judge Nixes Anti-Gay Marriage Group's Election Lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. - (AP) A federal judge on Monday rejected a challenge to state election law brought by a group that opposes gay marriage and supports Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino. The Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage argued last week that it should be allowed...

2 Lawsuits Challenge U.S. Defense Of Marriage Act

NEW YORK - (AP) Two new lawsuits have been filed on behalf of gay and lesbian couples in four states to challenge a 1996 law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Court Weighs Constitutionality Of Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A line of questioning at an appeals court hearing over California's gay marriage ban suggested the three judges could issue a decision that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state but leave intact bans in other western states under the court's jurisdiction. The 9th...

Government Drops Defense Of Anti-Gay Marriage Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder said President Barack Obama has concluded that the administration cannot defend...

Judge Eyes Target Lawsuit Against Gay Rights Group

SAN DIEGO - (AP) A judge said Friday he would issue a ruling next week in a lawsuit filed by Target Corp. against a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to make it stop canvassing outside the retailer's California stores. The Minnesota-based corporation is seeking an injunction barring the activists...

Montana Judge Rules Against Gay Couples Seeking Rights

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, saying in his decision that he can't grant the benefits partly because of the state's voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as...

Gay Judge's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Upheld

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge on Tuesday upheld a gay judge's ruling to strike down California's same-sex marriage ban. Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware said former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker did not have to divulge whether he wanted to marry his own gay partner before he declared last...

Feds Appeal Bankruptcy Court Ruling Against Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The Obama administration appealed a bankruptcy court ruling that found the federal ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The Justice Department filed the appeal Monday, even though President Barack Obama said he agrees the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Nevertheless...

7 New Jersey Couples File Lawsuit Demanding Gay Marriage

TRENTON, N.J. - (AP) Seven gay couples and many of their children filed a lawsuit Wednesday to demand New Jersey recognize gay marriage, saying it's the only way to solve inequities created by the state's four-year-old civil union law. New Jersey lawmakers created that law to try to fulfill a...

Opponents File First Lawsuit Over New York Gay Marriage Law

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - (AP) Opponents of New York's gay marriage law filed the first lawsuit challenging the measure, an anticipated salvo that came Monday as dozens of same-sex couples exchanged vows in a group ceremony overlooking Niagara Falls a day after the first gay weddings. A representative...

Federal Estate Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples

As a result of this groundbreaking case, couples living in states that license or respect same-sex marriages are now entitled to equal treatment for federal estate-tax purposes. On June 6, 2012, in Windsor v. United States , U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones in the Southern District of New York granted...

State Net Capitol Journal: Supreme Court Weighs In On Major ‘Equal Protection' Cases

Last week was an historic one for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices handed down rulings on three weighty issues that have been contested in statehouses across the country for decades: affirmative action, same-sex marriage and the Voting Rights Act. The decisions will reshape the meaning of the U.S...

Texas Federal Court Is Latest To Strike Down State Prohibitions On Same-Sex Marriage

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia of the Western District of Texas struck down the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling was the latest in a series of federal rulings handed down in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675...

Michigan Federal Judge Is 6th To Strike Down Prohibition On Same-Sex Marriage In Wake Of United States v. Windsor

On March 21, Senior U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan struck down MCLS Const. Art. I, § 25 , an amendment to the Michigan Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage, Deboer v. Snyder, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37274 ( E.D. Mich. Mar...