Same-Sex Marriage

  • String of same-sex marriage rulings broken

    For the first time in nearly fourteen months, a state’s ban on same-sex marriage has withstood a constitutional challenge in court.  A state judge in Tennessee ruled last week that “neither the Federal Government nor another state should be allowed to dictate to Tennessee what has traditionally been a state’s responsibility.

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  • A gentle chiding of the Court on same-sex marriage

    Gently chiding the Supreme Court for not making itself clear, a federal trial judge in Colorado refused on Wednesday to interpret the Justices’ recent actions on same-sex marriage as binding on lower courts.  U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore of Denver spoke out as he issued a ruling striking down Colorado’s ban on such marriages.

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    • The marriage ruling “streak” and what it means, made simple

      Commentary In sports, a “streak” can say a lot about talent, endurance — and plain luck.  Cal Ripken, Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles set a major league baseball record by playing in 2,632 consecutive games.  The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team owns the longest string of victories in the college basketball ranks — ninety games in a row.
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    • Some thoughts on the Sixth Circuit marriage cases

      Yesterday the Sixth Circuit heard three straight hours of oral argument in challenges to four states’ marriage or marriage-recognition laws brought by same-sex couples. The arguments in the four cases are available at this link. Note that the last case listed in the link, DeBoer v. Snyder (from Michigan), was actually the first one heard. The sitting judges were Jeffrey S.
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    • Reading the Court’s signals on same-sex marriage

      …Commentary Since early this year, the Supreme Court has stepped back into the same-sex marriage controversy five times. While it has done little to explain those actions, it has sent some signals about its thinking. Its most important signals may have been those it appeared to have sent Wednesday, in putting off the issuance of marriage licenses…

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    • Florida ban on same-sex marriage nullified

      …Ruling that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage “stems entirely, or almost entirely, from moral disapproval of the practice,” a federal trial judge in Tallahassee on Thursday ruled that the prohibition is unconstitutional. In a thirty-three-page decision, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled against the ban, but put his decision on hold…

      2 readers - Lyle Denniston/ SCOTUSblog
    • Test of gap in veterans’ benefits for same-sex marriages

      …With six federal appeals courts already drawn deeply into the same-sex marriage controversy, a seventh — the specialized U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit — has just become involved. An advocacy group for military veterans who are legally married to same-sex partners has filed a new appeal seeking to close a gap in those couples…

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    • Supreme Court Issues Stay In Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Case

      …Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order (full text) in McQuigg v. Bostic, staying the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals order that invalidated Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. (See prior posting.) The order delays the 4th Circuit's mandate until a petition for Supreme Court review is disposed of. SCOTUS Blog reports on the stay..…

      3 readers - Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause
    • Sixth Circuit Considers Same-Sex Marriage Cases

      … The DeBoer same sex marriage and adoption case made big news in Michigan last spring when, following a bench trial, federal judge Bernard Friedman invalidated Michigan's ban against same-sex marriages.  The Michigan Attorney General filed an appeal to the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and had the ruling stayed, almost immediately…

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    • In Tennessee, A Rare Win For Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

      …In the face of a long string of federal cases in recent months striking down state laws that bar recognition of same-sex marriage, the opponents of same-sex marriage last week realized a rare victory. In Borman v. Pyles-Borman, (TN Cir. Ct., Aug. 5, 2014), a Tennessee state trial court upheld Tennessee's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages…

      7 readers - Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause
    • NY Farm Fined For Denying Its Wedding Facilities For Same-Sex Wedding

      … the facilities for their same-sex wedding. The Division held that the discrimination violated the public accommodation provisions of the New York Human Rights Law. Respondents were also required to take steps to prevent future discrimination. The Albany Times-Union reported on the decision.…

      13 readers - Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause
    • No delay on Virginia same-sex marriage ruling

      … Unless the Supreme Court steps in to postpone marriages for same-sex couples in Virginia, they could begin getting licenses to wed as early as next Wednesday, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit refused a delay Wednesday morning.  If the procedure that has been followed in similar cases is used again, however, the Justices…

      4 readers - Lyle Denniston/ SCOTUSblog
    • The marriage ruling “streak” and what it means, made simple

      … “streak” of court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage.  Still, the actual meaning of that “streak” is open to debate — even about whether it is a streak.  Let’s try to sort it out, simply. First, what are we talking about here?  Courts have been issuing decisions about the government’s power to ban same-sex marriage since 1993, in a Hawaii…

      9 readers - Lyle Denniston/ SCOTUSblog
    • String of same-sex marriage rulings broken

      … For the first time in nearly fourteen months, a state’s ban on same-sex marriage has withstood a constitutional challenge in court.  A state judge in Tennessee ruled last week that “neither the Federal Government nor another state should be allowed to dictate to Tennessee what has traditionally been a state’s responsibility.”  The decision…

      13 readers - Lyle Denniston/ SCOTUSblog
    • Christian-Owned Bridal Shop Refuses Gown Fittings For Lesbian Couple

      … the women refused service took her complaints to Facebook, and the dispute has now proliferated on social media.  Bridal shop owner Victoria Miller later told reporters: "We feel we have to answer to God for what we do. And providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law." Now Bloomsburg city council is considering enacting an ordinance to prohibit discrimiantion on the basis of sexual orientation.…

      2 readers - Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause
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