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Equality news round-up: ACLU sues for Chelsea Manning, and more

News from Alabama, as well as news on the new ACLU lawsuit filed on behalf of Chelsea Manning.

Continue 53 Comments September 24, 2014

READ IT HERE: State court ruling striking down Louisiana’s same-sex marriage ban

The ruling has been published.

Continue 29 Comments September 23, 2014

Equality news round-up: Florida case heads to Eleventh Circuit, and more

News from Florida, North Carolina, and more.

Continue 32 Comments September 23, 2014

Developing story: Louisiana judge rules that state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

A state judge in Louisiana has disagreed with a federal judge’s recent ruling upholding the ban.

Continue 75 Comments September 22, 2014

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hints at Marriage Decision

By Matt Baume

A surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court’s plans for taking up a marriage case — or maybe not taking up any. An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state’s marriage ban is unconstitutional. Plus: numerous states freeze their marriage lawsuits while they wait for a Supreme Court ruling.

Justice Ginsberg has hinted that the Supreme Court might not be ready to take a marriage case yet. In a Q&A last week, she observed that the cases before the court so far are generally all in agreement that marriage bans are unconstitutional. As a result, she said, the justices may wait for a ruling that upholds a marriage ban, so that they’ll have a stronger dispute to settle. If they do decide to wait, a key ruling could come soon from the Sixth Circuit. Judges there could rule any day now on cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. It’s anyone’s guess how the Sixth Circuit will rule.

In the mean time, more and more states are lining up to wait for a Supreme Court decision. Last week the Tenth Circuit paused a case in Colorado until there’s a final decision in neighboring Utah and Oklahoma. A judge in West Virginia halted a lawsuit there, pending an outcome in AFER Virginia case. Wisconsin and Indiana are also awaiting a Supreme Court ruling, and judges in those states ruled last week that that marriages cannot begin until the Supreme Court issues a decision in those cases.

But other lawsuits are still moving ahead. Couples in Wisconsin have filed a new suit, seeking recognition of licenses that the state issued during a brief window when marriages were allowed. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed appeals of four recent rulings that overturned marriage bans. And Arkansas state officials have filed a new brief, appealing a decision by a lower court that the state’s marriage ban is unconstitutional. But in an unusual move, Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane has filed a brief of his own, adopting an opposite position. Even though Crane is one of the named defendants in the case, his new brief argues that the court should rule in the plaintiff’s favor and overturn the ban.

A new survey from Elon University shows support for marriage continues to climb in North Carolina. Public opinion is roughly tied, with support at 45 percent to 43 percent opposed. And three new studies from the Williams Institute show the economic benefit of marriage equality: in Georgia, it would add $78.8 million to the state economy. In Missouri, $36 million. And in Wyoming, $2.4 million.

49 Comments September 22, 2014

State officials in Louisiana ask Fifth Circuit to fast-track appeal and assign it to same panel as Texas marriage case

If granted, appeals from Louisiana and Texas would be heard by the same three-judge panel.

Continue 4 Comments September 22, 2014

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