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Ireland Has Legalized Same-Sex Marriage By Popular Vote

“Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done.”

Congratulations are in order for the people of Ireland who have, by a wide margin, voted to approve marriage equality in their country. It looks like the YES for Marriage Equality ballot proposal passed by a 2 to 1 margin in an absolutely historic vote for the country. Today is amazing day for the people of Ireland, yes, but it is also a glorious day for the push for full equal treatment of all people in favor of marriage equality around the world. While we, here in the US, await the Supreme Court decision that will determine the fate of marriage equality in our country (due to be handed down next month), let’s take heart and celebrate this happy, happy day with our Irish friends. More »

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The Fight For Nationwide Marriage Equality Begins In The US Supreme Court Today

Oral arguments get underway

Back in January, we learned that the US Supreme Court decided to take up the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in all 50 states and today, oral arguments for the case that will decide federal marriage equality get underway in the US Supreme Court. The day that so many of us have been waiting for is finally here. Whatever the outcome will be when the Court issues their final ruling in June, the matter of same-sex marriage in this country on a federal level will be determined. This is huge. The tide has been turning in recent years and months that shows that the country is ready to embrace marriage equality for all … but that determination will come from the US Supreme Court in just a couple month’s time. Seriously, this is huge. More »

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The Alabama Supreme Court Defies A Federal Court Ruling That Overturns The State’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

One county in Alabama has haled ALL marriages entirely

Back in January, a federal judge ruled that Alabama’s state law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, which essentially made same-sex marriage legal in the state. As soon as the ruling was handed down, the state of Alabama appealed the ruling to the state supreme court which, yesterday, issued a defiant ruling that will not recognize the federal court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Basically, the state of Alabama is doing everything it can to NOT allow same-sex marriage to exist in its state borders … which is sickeningly reminiscent of the state’s defiance of racial desegregation back in the 1960s. As a result of this new Alabama state supreme court ruling, the county of Mobile has decided to halt ALL marriages for the time being. Clearly, the state of Alabama is now a terrible mess of hatred and legal confusion … which is only entirely sad and embarrassing. More »

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A Federal Judge Has Ruled Nebraska’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage As Unconstitutional

Just a short time ago, earlier this morning, US District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a ruling that has rendered the state of Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The state of Nebraska amended their constitution to make same-sex marriage illegal in their state and Judge Bataillon’s ruling will invalidate that ban starting March 9. BUT, as I’m sure you can guess, Nebraska state officials have already filed an appeal to overturn this ruling because they do not want to see marriage equality come to their state. The Nebraska attorney general and the state governor are already actively working to get this ruling overturned. Even still, same-sex marriage has been ruled legal in the state of Nebraska and the time to celebrate this great news is now. More »

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A Federal Judge Has Ruled Alabama’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage As Unconstitutional

And another one bites the dust

Last week we learned that the US Supreme Court has decided to take up the matter of same-sex marriage here in the US and will deliver their ruling in June. Today we learn that a federal judge ruled yesterday that the state of Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional … which means yet another state has been afforded marriage equality even as the US Supreme Court begins to work to determine the matter for the rest of the country. At this point, I’ve lost track of how many states now enjoy marriage equality … which is such a great feeling. More »

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Watch: President Obama Hopes The Supreme Court Will Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In The US

"Why would the law treat [gays] differently?"
I'm hopeful the Supreme Court comes to the right decision

A week ago today, we learned that the US Supreme Court has decided to take up the case that will determine — once and for all — the legality of same-sex marriage here in the United States. In an interview at the White House with You Tube star GloZell Green, President Obama expressed his desire for the Supreme Court to come “to the right decision” and legalize same-sex marriage in our country. President Obama has spoken openly about his support for marriage equality in the past, so his comments in the interview embedded above aren’t a big surprise … but it’s still nice to hear our president endorse the equal treatment of all US citizens when it comes to marriage equality. The full interview is 47 minutes long but you can skip to the 23:40 mark of the video to hear Obama‘s comments on the upcoming Supreme Court decision.

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Breaking: The US Supreme Court Will Decide The Legality Of Same-Sex Marriage In All 50 US States

This Is It!!!

Holy Shizz!! This it, y’all!! The US Supreme Court — the highest court in the land — has decided once and for all to take up the issue of same-sex marriage in this country. In the coming months, the court will hear arguments for and against the constitutionality of same-sex marriage IN ALL 50 STATES OF THIS COUNTRY and in June, they will issue their ruling ONCE AND FOR ALL if marriage equality will be the law of the land. OMG. This is really it. THIS is history in the making right now! THIS IS IT! More »

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A Federal Judge Has Ruled South Dakota’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage As Unconstitutional

Forward

The march toward true and equal freedom for all US citizens took another huge step forward today in South Dakota, where a federal judge ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage goes against the US Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge Karen Schreier ruled just moments ago that South Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage is illegal but issued a stay on her ruling pending an eventual appeal. Even still, stay or no stay, another state’s ban on same-sex marriage has been struck down, making it even more obvious that our nation stands on the brink of enjoying true marriage equality for all Americans. More »

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Same-Sex Couples Begin To Marry In Florida

The 36th State to enjoy Marriage Eqaulity

Way back in July, a federal judge ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional but stayed the decision pending an appeal … and immediately the state filed their appeal in an attempt to overturn the ruling. The appeal failed, the ruling jude lifted the stay and just a short time ago, the first same-sex couples were legally married in the state of Florida. Karla Arguello and Cathy Pareto were married by the judge, officially making Florida the 36th state to enjoy marriage equality. As I understand it, same-sex marriage will officially become legal in the state of Florida tomorrow but clearly, Karla and Cathy (the plaintiffs in the case that legalized same-sex marriage in Florida) couldn’t wait to be married any longer. More »

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Federal Judges In Arkansas & Mississippi Strike Down The States’ Bans On Same-Sex Marriage As Unconstitutional

Both rulings have been stayed pending appeal

Two more US states saw their bans on same-sex marriage struck down as unconstitutional yesterday as two different federal judges issued rulings in two different cases, one in the state of Arkansas and one in the state of Mississippi. Both states, as you may know, are located in the heart of the overwhelmingly un-gayfriendly southern part of the US so these rulings are significant, I think. But, same-sex couples in Arkansas and Mississippi aren’t able to rush out and get married just yet … the judges in both cases stayed their rulings so that the states can appeal the decisions to the US Supreme Court. Even still, it is really great news when we learn that marriage equality continues to spread here in the United States of America. More »

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