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DOJ Reviews Massachusetts Ruling On Federal Gay Marriage Ban

BOSTON - (AP) A judge's rulings in Massachusetts that the federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional could have implications far beyond the state if they're upheld by a higher court after an appeal by the Obama administration, legal experts say. U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro said...

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...

Judge: Military's Ban On Gays Is Unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A federal judge on Thursday declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional and said she will issue an order to stop the government from enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy nationwide. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips...

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...

Lawyer: Other Young Men Went On Trips With Pastor

ATLANTA - (AP) The pastor of a nationally known Atlanta-area megachurch took other young men on trips as part of a mentoring program but stands by his denial of claims that he had sex with three of them, a lawyer for the religious leader said Thursday. Bishop Eddie Long plans his. . . . Full version...

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...

Cameraman Sues Sacha Baron Cohen Over 'Bruno' Spat

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A cameraman sued Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was roughed up by a film crew shooting the comedian in character as "Bruno" during a gay marriage rally. Mike Skiff, a self-described gay journalist, sued Baron Cohen and others...

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...

Imperial County, California, Renews Gay Marriage Fight

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) California's Imperial County is renewing its effort to defend the state's gay marriage ban in a federal lawsuit. An appeals court ruled last month that the county could not intervene as a defendant alongside the sponsors of Proposition 8. County officials claim they are directly...

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...

Conservatives Limit Consumer, Rights Class Action Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court's conservative majority made it harder for people to band together to sue the nation's largest businesses in the two most far-reaching rulings of the term the justices are wrapping up on Monday. The two cases putting new limits on class-action lawsuits...

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...

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...