Gay Marriage

Gay marriage: Which case will the Supreme Court choose?

Gay marriage: Which case will the Supreme Court choose?

 It's getting so you can't tell the potential Supreme Court cases on same-sex marriage without a scorecard.

When the justices sit down for their first fall conference Sept. 29, they will consider the initial requests from states to review decisions striking down gay-marriage bans. Unless they quickly agree to hear one or more cases, those petitions won't be the last.

Lawyers on both sides predict the justices will act soon to decide the issue by next June. That makes it likely they will choose from among the three cases pending. Some of the nation's premier Supreme Court advocates, sensing history in the making, have signed on to represent gay couples or state officials. Read more »

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Brittney Griner Proposes To Girlfriend Glory Johnson

Brittney Griner Proposes To Girlfriend Glory Johnson

Grab the tissues!

One of our favorite openly lesbian athletes, Brittney Griner, proposed to her girlfriend, Tulsa Shock’s Glory Johnson, this week and documented the whole experience using Instagram.

Griner, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, posted this photo with the following caption: “Last Night was a Night to Remember. I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life."

Adorable! We couldn't be happier for these two. Johnson also shared the news through her own Instagram by posting this picture with the caption, "What I get to wake up to @brittneygriner #LoveMakesYouDoTheCraziestThings.”

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63 Texas Lawmakers: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Incest, Pedophilia, Polygamy

63 Texas Lawmakers: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Incest, Pedophilia, Polygamy

Dozens of Texas lawmakers believe that overturning the state’s ban on same-gender marriage will lead to the legalization of incest, pedophilia and polygamy, and are using that argument to try to convince a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

In an amicus brief filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 63 members of the Texas legislature claimed that a federal court overstepped its bounds in ruling the state’s same-gender-marriage ban unconstitutional. Read more »

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Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Four DiversityInc Top 50 companies are among 23 employers that have signed on to an amicus brief in support of same-gender marriage.

The four are Cummins (No. 15), Marriott International (No. 16),Target (No. 22) and WellPoint (No. 29). In addition, Pfizer, one ofDiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies, also joined.

The brief has been submitted as part of an appeal that will be heard on Aug. 26 in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago regarding the legality of same-gender-marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The court initially was scheduled to hear separate cases when federal judges overturned bans in both states, but it combined the two cases into one. Read more »

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Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

For many of the nation's largest businesses, the fight for same-sex marriage didn't end when the Supreme Court decided to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act last year.

While the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage, individual states still get to make their own rules. And since many states continue to prohibit it, navigating through this patchwork of laws can be extremely complicated for national companies. Read more »

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Federal Appeals Court Trolls Scalia In Virginia Gay Marriage Case

Federal Appeals Court Trolls Scalia In Virginia Gay Marriage Case

A federal appeals court based in Virginia cited the words of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when it struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage on Monday. In its ruling, the court embraced the language of a dissent Scalia authored in the Supreme Court case that struck down state sodomy laws.

In a 2-1 ruling upholding the ruling of a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, in part, because history and tradition were not justification for infringing on the rights of gay citizens. Read more »

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Appeals panel strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban

Appeals panel strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban

A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled 2-1 that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry that is paramount to state marriage laws.

The circuit court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The panel's decision can be appealed to the full court or to the Supreme Court. Read more »

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Judge: Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A judge in Colorado has struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree on Wednesday ruled the 2006 voter-approved ban violates the state and federal constitutions. He immediately put his ruling on hold pending an appeal.

Crabtree is the 16th judge to void a state's gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government has to recognize gay marriages in the states.

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Same-Sex Marriage Good for Wedding Business

Same-Sex Marriage Good for Wedding Business

June is Gay Pride Month and an opportunity to reflect on how same-sex equality and marriage has been good for business in the United States. The U.S., as of 2014, is one of 15 countries to have ruled in favor of gay marriage. Since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, same-sex marriages have been legalized in 19 states total. Since that time, many of the states that have elected to legalize marriage for homosexual couples have found the fiscal rewards to be substantial. Read more »

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Legalizing same-sex marriage could pump $62M into Arizona economy via wedding rush

Legalizing same-sex marriage could pump $62M into Arizona economy via wedding rush

Legalizing same-sex marriages would immediately pump nearly $40 million into Arizona’s economy, according to a UCLA research group friendly toward LGBT rights.

A study by the University of California at Los Angeles’ Williams Institute estimates more than 7,900 same-sex couples would wed in the first three years if they were allowed to in Arizona. That would translate into as much as $61.9 million in total same-sex wedding spending over three years.

The first year alone could see $39.6 million worth of LGBT spending on weddings. Read more »

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