Gay Marriage

Judge critical of states defending gay marriage bans

Judge critical of states defending gay marriage bans

Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. As the legal skirmish in the United States over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court […]

Two attempts to reinstate gay marriage bans

Two attempts to reinstate gay marriage bans

The legal skirmish over same-sex marriage shifted Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Chicago as attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana sought to reinstate bans on gay weddings ruled unconstitutional two months earlier. The outcome of the case also could directly affect hundreds of couples who were married in June after federal judges overturned the […]

State gay marriage bans falling like dominoes

State gay marriage bans falling like dominoes

Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah’s two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Since then, in an unbroken string of […]

Another gay marriage ban overturned by judge

Another gay marriage ban overturned by judge

Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage was overturned by a federal judge Tuesday in a decision that legalized same-sex unions throughout the Northeast and sent couples racing to pick up licenses. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III called the plaintiffs — a widow, 11 couples and one couple’s teenage daughters — courageous for challenging the […]

Citing ‘religious freedom’ to fight gay marriage bans

Citing ‘religious freedom’ to fight gay marriage bans

A coalition of clergy members is challenging North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage with an unusual approach in a federal lawsuit: They say it violates their religious freedom. The clergy members said in the lawsuit filed Monday that they’d like to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in their congregations, but they can’t because of the […]

Couples sue Indiana over gay marriage ban

Couples sue Indiana over gay marriage ban

Four gay couples from southern Indiana sued the state Friday, seeking to force Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from out of state and issue licenses to same-sex couples. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New Albany, Ind., asks a federal judge to overturn Indiana’s Defense of Marriage Act, which declares same-sex marriages void even […]