Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is marriage between two people of the same biological sex and/or gender identity. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage or the possibility to perform a same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage, particularly by supporters. The legalization of same-sex marriage is characterized as "redefining marriage" by many opponents.The first laws enabling same-sex marriage in modern times were enacted during the first decade of the 21st century.
Posts about Same-Sex Marriage
  • New York Times on bake-my-cake cases

    … A more balanced treatment than some we’ve seen in the press, including a video interview with Colorado baker Jack Phillips. [New York Times; earlier on forcing small business owners to service weddings against their beliefs here and here]. Tweet Tags: Colorado, discrimination law, same-sex marriage New York Times on bake-my-cake cases is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system …

    Walter Olson/ Overlawyered- 2 readers -
  • Westboro Baptist Attempt To Intervene In Same-Sex Marriage Case Again Rejected

    … In Marie v. Moser, (D KA, Dec. 18, 2014), a Kansas federal district court for a second time (see prior posting) refused to allow Westboro Baptist Church to intervene as a party in a lawsuit challenging the Kansas ban on same-sex marriage. The court said that WBC's arguments were based on speculation about future possible claims by same-sex couples. WBC was allowed to continue to file amicus briefs to assert arguments it would like the court to consider. …

    Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause- 2 readers -
  • Hawaii Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Challenge To Marriage Equality Law

    … because in 1998, the people of Hawai`i voted to amend article 1, section 23 of the Hawai`i Constitution to state that “the legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples.” Respondents argue that the intent of this amendment was to constitutionally reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples, so the legislature…

    Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause- 10 readers -
  • Pastor Brings Unusual Anti-Gay Marriage Protest To Courthouse

    … In Jackson, Mississippi on Friday, a Baptist pastor brought an unusual protest against the legalization of same-sex marriage to the federal courthouse. Christian Post reports that Reverend Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church brought a horse clothed in a wedding dress, with white flowers in its harness…

    Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause- 3 readers -
  • Kentucky supports same-sex marriage review

    … in and issue a final ruling. Depending upon how soon the cases are assembled and sent on to the Justices, they could be considered as early as the private Conference set for January 9. There are two other pending petitions, from Ohio and Tennessee, that also challenge the Sixth Circuit’s decision, but state officials have not yet responded…

    Lyle Denniston/ SCOTUSblog- 4 readers -
  • Two same-sex marriage cases speeded up

    … Adding some impetus for the Supreme Court to take up the same-sex marriage question during its current Term, lawyers for couples in Louisiana and Michigan have told the Court that they are giving up part of their filing rights. That gesture could lead the Court to schedule those two cases for the Justices’ first look as early as the private…

    Lyle Denniston/ SCOTUSblog- 2 readers -
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  • Marriage Equality Decisions Stayed In Mississippi, But Not In Florida

    In Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, (5th Cir., Dec. 4, 2014), the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay pending appeal of a district court injunction invalidating Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. (See prior posting.) In granting the stay, the court said: It is not our task today to resolve the merits of this conflict in deciding th ...

    Howard Friedman/ Religion Clause- 1 readers -
  • Same-sex marriages delayed in Mississippi

    … A federal judge’s order that would have permitted same-sex couples in Mississippi to get married next week will not go into effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, saying that a detailed examination of the constitutional question is needed, on Thursday ordered a postponement of any such marriages while the state’s appeal goes…

    Lyle Denniston/ SCOTUSblog- 2 readers -
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