same-sex marriages

Gays can’t have kids, shouldn’t be allowed to marry, Arizona attorneys argue

Gays can’t have kids, shouldn’t be allowed to marry, Arizona attorneys argue

Attorneys for the state are telling a federal judge there’s a good reason Arizona won’t let gays marry: They can’t reproduce, at least not without the help of a third person.

Papers filed in federal court defending the ban say voters, in approving the constitutional amendment in 2008, are entitled to “define marriage for their community.” But the lawyers also are arguing to U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick there’s a public purpose in the state getting into the business of regulating private relationships: Ensuring that children are, whenever possible, raised by a biological mother and biological father. Read more »

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Ruling Allows Same-Sex Marriages for Florida Keys

A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.

The ruling was issued Thursday by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia and applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The lawsuit contended that the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. The judge says licenses could be issued starting Tuesday. Read more »

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Judge Strikes Down Kentucky's Gay Marriage Ban

Judge Strikes Down Kentucky's Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge has struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that gay couples have the right to marry in the Bluegrass State.

"In America, even sincere and long-hold religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II wrote in the ruling, which concluded that the state's ban violated the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause. Read more »

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Proposed rule to extend Family Medical Leave Act protections

Proposed rule to extend Family Medical Leave Act protections

WHD News Release: [06/20/2014]
Contact Name: Jennifer Marion or Jason Surbey
Phone Number: (202) 693-5795 or x4668
Email: marion.jennifer.r@dol.gov or Surbey.Jason@dol.gov
Release Number: 14-1208-NAT

Proposed rule to extend Family Medical Leave Act protections to all
eligible employees in same-sex marriages announced by US Labor Secretary Read more »

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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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Yay for same-sex marriage, but ...

Yay for same-sex marriage, but ...

There's plenty of gay-rights news to celebrate this week:

-- On Monday, a federal judge threw out Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages, writing that his decision was one in support of "families committed to the common purpose of love, devotion and service to the greater community."

-- On Tuesday, the same thing, more or less, happened in Pennsylvania, with a judge in that case writing that "we are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history." (I mean, wow, right?) Read more »

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Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

A federal judge declared Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Tuesday.

The ruling by Judge John E. Jones III ruling would make Pennsylvania the last Northeast state to allow same-sex marriages, although the state could challenge the decision before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Several couples sued the state in July for the right to marry in Pennsylvania or to have their out-of-state same-sex marriages recognized. A 1996 state law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Read more »

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Hawaii Legalized Same-Sex Marriage 6 Months Ago -- Guess What's Happened Since

Hawaii Legalized Same-Sex Marriage 6 Months Ago -- Guess What's Happened Since

Back in November, Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. While the debate was surprisingly contentious for the solidly Democratic state, these past few months have been nothing short of a honeymoon period.

Since ceremonies began taking place on Dec. 2, nearly 1,500 same-sex marriages have occurred -- that means one in every seven marriages in the past five months has been a same-sex couple.

And the happy occasions show no sign of stopping.

After the initial rush of couples tying the knot in December and January, wedding planner Gigi Lee said she's now seeing couples who are taking their time and planning something big. Read more »

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon's Gay Marriage Ban

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon's Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the ban unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and ordered the state not to enforce it. State officials earlier refused to defend the constitutional ban in court.

McShane joined judges in seven other states who have struck down gay marriage bans, though appeals are underway.

Oregon state officials have said they'd be prepared to carry out same-sex marriages almost immediately, and couples lined up outside the county clerk's office in Portland in anticipation of the McShane's decision. Read more »

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