Gay couples wed in Kansas, but not in all counties
Gay and lesbian couples have wed on the steps of a historic courthouse in Wichita. The wedding Monday for 14 couples happened as officials elsewhere in Kansas refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex partners because the state Supreme Court has not yet signed off. The Kansas court deliberated in private for hours Monday.
Legal experts: Gay marriage victory likely in Miss.
Gay couples could start obtaining marriage licenses in Mississippi as early as this week if the predictions of at least six top legal scholars nationwide hold true. The scholars widely believe that U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves will grant a preliminary injunction to Mississippi’s gay marriage ban as sought by the Campaign for Southern Equality in its case against the state. And that he will do so quickly.
First Gay Marriage Licenses Issued in South Carolina
A judge issued the first gay marriage licenses in South Carolina on Wednesday, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the unions. Judge Irvin Condon’s office handed out six licenses in the first 90 minutes the Charleston County Probate Court office was open. South Carolina is the final state in the 4th Circuit affected by the binding precedent in AFER’s Bostic case.
Judge Sutton’s Loving Problem
“There are a lot of problems with Judge Sutton’s opinion, but one in particular makes clear why his decision can’t stand when the Supreme Court ultimately rules on marriage equality: If Jeff Sutton is right, Loving v. Virginia is wrong. It’s difficult to read Loving as anything other than a strong endorsement of a broad right to marriage equality in the Constitution. Sutton dismisses Loving in barely more than a page. He acknowledges that Loving held that “‘marriage’ amounts to a fundamental right,” but nonetheless concludes that “the right to marry in general . . . nowhere appear[s] in the Constitution.” Apparently to Sutton, the right to marry is fundamental, but not to be trusted.
Did two Justices vote to hear same-sex marriage cases?
Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, gave a strong hint on Wednesday afternoon that they probably had cast votes to grant review of same-sex marriage cases in recent weeks, but could not persuade enough of their colleagues to do so. In a separate opinion they issued in a case having nothing to do with the marriage controversy, Justice Thomas wrote that, “for reasons that escape me,” the Court had not agreed to review lower court decisions striking down state bans on same-sex marriage laws. He cited four denials of review that had occurred on October 6, and two refusals to postpone such lower-court rulings in other states.
Gay couples across Kansas headed Thursday to county offices where judges granted marriage licenses and waived waiting periods after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex unions over the objections of the state’s attorney general. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday that a separate lawsuit he has filed with the state Supreme Court should prevent gay marriage in all but the two counties that were home to cases covered in the ruling from the nation’s capital.
Tie The Knot is happy to announce that we support The Paley Center and their initiative to create LGBT equality through media!
Tonight, November 12th, The Paley Center is hosting a Los Angeles Gala to celebrate the critical role television has played in the issue of LGBT equality over six decades, marking the launch of an expanded LGBT media collection, including key highlights such as 1972’s groundbreaking TV movieThat Certain Summer; landmark news and public affairs programs including Larry Kramer on Donahue in 1982 and the documentary How to Survive a Plague; and key episodes of All in the Family, Will & Grace, The Real World, Queer As Folk, Glee,Orange is the New Black and more, chronicling the history of LGBT images in the medium.
The fundraising event will recognize television’s impact on LGBT equality, and celebrate the trailblazing work by creative talents across media. Tie The Knot is proud to be a donor to this wonderful event (where are very own Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be presenting), and the great news is that you too can help this fantastic initiative! Click here to donate to The Paley Center!
After midterms, marriage equality almost certainly won’t have majority support in U.S. Senate anymore
In April 2013, support for the right of same-sex couples to marry reached a crucial milestone. With the endorsements of Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Donnelly, a majority of U.S. senators supported marriage equality for the first time in history. The Senate now includes 56 supporters of marriage equality. After Tuesday’s elections, however, marriage equality is virtually certain not to enjoy majority support in the chamber.
Last of 4 GOP NY Senate Supporters of Gay Marriage Is Ousted
The last remaining Republican New York state senator who voted in favor of gay marriage was ousted from the Legislature by voters Tuesday, a defeat helped along by a conservative party that worked against the other same-sex nuptials supporters in the Senate. Mark Grisanti, the GOP senator, was one of four Republican senators who broke with his party in 2011 to help Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to legalize same-sex marriage.
US judge won’t lift stay in Florida gay marriage
A Florida federal judge refused on Wednesday to lift a stay of his ruling in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, meaning no weddings can take place for now while state officials continue to pursue an appeal. Hinkle also denied Bondi’s request to leave the stay in place as long as the 11th Circuit is considering Florida’s appeal, setting instead a January deadline.
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