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Three-judge panel announced in Seventh Circuit cases challenging Wisconsin, Indiana same-sex marriage bans

Democratic-leaning panel will hear two same-sex marriage cases this morning.

Continue 80 Comments August 26, 2014

Judge Slams Indiana’s Anti-Gay Governor

By Matt Baume

The anti-gay Governor of Indiana just got caught making some wild claims in court, and now a judge has called him out in a sternly-worded ruling. Marriage equality has picked up another victory, with the first federal judge to rule in Florida. There’s a new case in Arizona, with an elderly couple about to lose their home; couples are fighting back against stalling tactics in Arkansas; and two major oral arguments are coming up in the next few days.

We were just days away from the start of marriage in Virginia last week, with AFER’s latest victory about to go into effect. But then the US Supreme Court stepped in and imposed a stay, so couples can’t get married — yet. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has already petitioned the Supreme Court to review the case, so we’re likely to have a final decision in the next few months.

While we await the Supreme Court’s next move, several more federal courts have affirmed the freedom to marry. In Florida, Judge Robert Hinkle has found the state’s marriage ban unconstitutional, citing AFER’s Virginia case as precedent. A new study from the Williams Institute shows that marriage equality would add $182 million to Florida’s economy.

And in Indiana, US District Court Judge Richard L. Young has ruled that the state must recognize out of state licenses, though the decision is stayed pending appeal. Young also had harsh words for anti-gay Governor Mike Pence, who tried to remove himself from the marriage litigation by claiming that he has no jurisdiction over marriage. Judge Young initially believed Pence, but then discovered that the Governor was directing state officials to ignore marriage licenses issued to gay and lesbian couples. In his latest ruling, Judge Young called Pence’s claims a “bold misrepresentation” and “at a minimum, troubling.”

Attorneys for the state of Utah have asked the Tenth Circuit for an extra month to file briefs in Evans v. Utah. That case concerns the validity of marriages conducted while marriage was briefly legal in Utah. The current deadline for briefs is September 22nd. A new survey shows support for marriage is continuing to climb in Utah, but remains low at around 30 percent.

Couples in Arkansas are fighting back against the state’s attempt to delay a ruling on marriage equality. A state court overturned the Arkansas marriage ban in May, and the state has asked for the litigation to be paused until the US Supreme Court can rule.

There’s a new case in Arizona, filed by an elderly couple facing a terminal illness. George Martinez and Fred McQuire have been together for 45 years, but without the protection of marriage, could soon lose their home.

And watch for major marriage news this Tuesday. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals will hear argument in several cases from Indiana and Wisconsin. There’s also a hearing coming up on September 8th, covering cases in Hawaii, Idaho, and Nevada.

61 Comments August 25, 2014

Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk Schaefer asks Supreme Court to hear Virginia same-sex marriage case

A new petition in the Virginia marriage equality case.

Continue 50 Comments August 22, 2014

Arguments and Conclusions: A Look at the Supreme Court’s Candidates for Marriage Equality Rulings

In-depth look at Supreme Court filings.

Continue 31 Comments August 22, 2014

Notice of appeal filed in Indiana same-sex marriage case

New Indiana case heads to Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Continue 22 Comments August 22, 2014

Tenth Circuit stays same-sex marriages in Colorado

Another day, another stay.

Continue 26 Comments August 21, 2014

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