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Equality news round-up: Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban advances to state House floor, and more

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– A federal judge has consolidated two Oregon lawsuits challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban, and has set oral arguments for April 23.

– In Indiana, a GOP House member pulled a bill to put a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot out of a committee where it was likely to fail, moving it to a new one, where it has now passed and will head to the state House floor.

– The Miami Herald reports that state Judge Sarah Zabel has been assigned the Florida marriage equality case.

– Two Louisiana marriage equality cases have been consolidated. (Strangely, one of the cases has previously been dismissed by a judge, and wasn’t allowed to be re-instated before this order.) A new complaint has been filed, adding two new plaintiffs.

– The Washington Blade‘s Chris Johnson previews the State of the Union address and asks if LGBT workers will be addressed in the President’s remarks.

Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for these filings

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14 Comments

  • 1. Sean from NJ  |  January 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Did anybody see this: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/01/23/about-half-of

    The democrat attorney generals of Mississippi, Missouri and North Carolina all support marriage equality but Nevada's does not. Strange.

  • 2. Tim  |  January 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks. It's "Democratic". Fox news would like us to think otherwise.

  • 3. Stefan  |  January 24, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I know the one from North Carolina is still defending the ban despite supporting it.

  • 4. Zack12  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I understand some still might choose to defend their laws (as is their right) but the offensive statements she made in defense of it..no,just no.

  • 5. Ian S.  |  January 24, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Why is the Florida case in state court?

  • 6. grod  |  January 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

    The two Oregon cases submissions to the court: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t0ohhnvigngfn0j/13%2012… and http://thelawworks.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/law-w

  • 7. Mackenzie  |  January 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

    The MO AG is rather young, the youngest state office holder in the history of our state actually. He has aspirations to run for gov as soon at our current Dem gov's term is up. Not sure if he would defend it in court or not, though if he did his defense would be obviously weak on purpose.

  • 8. sfbob  |  January 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Sloppy reporting from the WSJ. The piece says Mark Herring defeated Cuccinelli for the AG's office when in fact Cuccinelli was running for governor.

  • 9. Bruno71  |  January 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

    All these GOP bigots are hard to distinguish these days.

  • 10. Warren  |  January 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Being that Oregon allows Civil Unions I expect Oregon will be joining the Equality States in the very near future.

  • 11. Jay  |  January 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    The Mississippi Attorney General personally supports same-sex marriage, but has vowed to defend the state's ban against it. Sloppy reporting from WSJ,
    .

  • 12. grod  |  January 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    As I recall the second link, one of the first appendices is the letter directing state agencies to treat valid out of state marriage as recognized by the state. How can the right to remain married and have a valid out-of-state marriage recognized where one resides be different for straights and gays, or civilians and military personal. Will it 20 or 21 state?

  • 13. mtnbill  |  January 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Friday 1/24 the Nevada AG has announced she will review the state's filing in light of the SmithKline jury decision, and consult with the Governor next week.

  • 14. bythesea  |  January 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Apparently the attorneys have determined that is their best chance of success.

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