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Same-Sex Marriage Begins In Great Britain

Woot!! Congrats!!

Last July we learned the happy news that the houses of Parliament passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the UK and Queen Elizabeth, II signed that bill into law. We learned at the time that the first same-sex marriages in Great Britain would take place in 2014. Last night/this morning, at the stroke of midnight, marriage equality was instituted in Great Britain and the first same-sex couples began to marry. While the US is slowly but surely enjoying marriage equality on a state by state basis, our friends in Great Britain are now able to enjoy true equal treatment and justice for all of its citizens. Click below to see a few photos of some of the happy couples who got hitched in the UK today. More »

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The First Same-Sex Couples Begin To Marry In Michigan

Historic

Yesterday we learned the amazing news that a US district court judge in Michigan struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and did so without issuing a stay in the decision pending appeal … which means as soon as county clerk offices opened for business today, same-sex couples were able to apply for marriage licenses and get hitched! Couples lined up early today to be among the first same-sex couples to get married in Michigan, including the state’s FIRST same-sex married couple Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar — a couple that have been together for 27 years!!! At long last, marriage equality has come to the state of Michigan!! Click below to see photos of 3 of the first same-sex couples to marry in Michigan and learn more about this very exciting morning in Michigan :) More »

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A Judge Rules That Michigan’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Wooot!!!!!

In just the first 3 months of 2014, state bands on same-sex marriage have been struck down by federal judges as unconstitutional in Oklahoma, Virginia and Texas. Last month we learned that the push for marriage equality got underway in Michigan and today we learn that a judge has also struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. Unlike the cases in other states where the rulings on same-sex marriage have been stayed while the matter goes through the appeals process, the ruling judge in Michigan has decided NOT to stay his decision … which means, essentially, that Michigan can enjoy marriage equality now. Wow. This is such great news! Not only has another state joined the growing number of states in the US that enjoy marriage equality (Michigan is now the 18th state were same-sex couples can marry, barring a stay in the decision) but because Michigan is my home state, today’s ruling holds special significance. More »

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Chick-Fil-A Founder Dan Cathy Regrets Speaking Out Against Gay Marriage

"Every leader goes through different phases of ... development"

Once upon a time, I was a big fan of the Chick-Fil-A chain of restaurants. My love for their food began when I loved to Oklahoma City, OK to attend college at the University Of Oklahoma many moons ago. Over the years, I would blog about my love for CFA and I got REALLY excited when I learned that a Chick-Fil-A restaurant would be opening in Hollywood, CA. Then CFA founder Dan Cathy started talking openly about his homophobia and it was widely reported that the company routinely donated to anti-gay groups seeking to ban same-sex marriage (among other things). I decided then and there that CFA wouldn’t get another penny from me. Folks staged protests at CFA restaurants around the country and business suffered. That was 2 years ago. Today, we hear from Cathy that he has had a change of heart regarding his open anti-gay views. While he maintains that he still remains true to his religious beliefs, he plans to no longer speak out against gays, gay marriage, gay rights, etc. HMMM. Does this mean that it’s OK to eat at Chick-Fil-A again? More »

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A Federal Judge Rules That Texas’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Another Victory for Marriage Equality

Great, great news to pass along today … a federal judge in Texas has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Along with 20+ other states here in the US, Texas is now the largest state in the US to enjoy marriage equality … tho not technically. While the federal judge did rule that Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage is illegal, he decided to stay his ruling until the matter could be appealed to a higher court. That means that no same-sex marriages can take place in the state until today’s ruling is reaffirmed by a higher court … which could take some time. Even still, the tidal wave of progress that is happening here in the US where marriage equality is concerned continues to overtake new states with each passing day. More »

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The Fight For Marriage Equality Moves To Michigan

One family's fight for equality

In recent weeks and months we’ve been hearing about the progress made in the fight for marriage equality here in the US in states like Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah and New Mexico. Today we learn that the fight for equal treatment has begun in my home state of Michigan as the trial of plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowe gets underway. At issue is the couple’s desire to be legally married in a state where same-sex marriage is illegal. The couple are arguing that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is in direct violation of the equal treatment provided to all US citizens by the US Constitution. This argument has been successfully argued in a number of states around the US and today, the case is being made in Michigan. Click below to learn more deets about this groundbreaking case. I just a few weeks, my beloved state of Michigan may join the other progressive states in the union that have legalized same-sex marriage. More »

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A Federal Judge Rules That Virginia’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

The 20th State

Last night Virginia became the 20th state to enjoy marriage equality when a federal judge ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. As you may recall, we learned last month that a judge overturned Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage and in December a judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. Now, folks can’t just run out and get married in Virginia just yet because the judge stayed his ruling pending an appeal … but as you can clearly see, the unstoppable tide of marriage equality in this country is moving us FORWARD toward the eventual day when all US citizens will be free to enjoy marriage equality in all 50 states! More »

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A Federal Judge Rules That Oklahoma’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

OK becomes the 18th or 19th state to enjoy marriage equality (Utah is still complicated)

OMG. The day that I never thought would come has come. A federal judge has just ruled today that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional … which means essentially that one of the most conservative states in the US can now enjoy marriage equality!! BUT, as we saw in Utah, pending an appeal the citizens of OK may not yet be able to get married until the matter can be settled in appeals court. Even still, today is a GREAT DAY for the people of Oklahoma and another GREAT DAY for the US as a whole! More »

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The Governor Of Utah Says The State Will NOT Recognize Its Same-Sex Marriages

"It is very unfortunate that so many Utah citizens have been put into this legal limbo"

Last month a federal judge ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and almost immediately, marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in the state so that they could get married. In the days after the ruling was handed down, hundreds of couples got married. Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court issued a stay on allowing same-sex couples to marry in Utah until the matter could be ruled on by appeal. Today we learn that the governor of Utah has decreed that the same-sex couples that got married in the wake of the initial ruling are NOT married at all. All those hundreds of marriages have now been invalidated and will NOT be recognized as legal by the state. UGH. What a mess. More »

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The US Supreme Court Halts Same-Sex Marriage In Utah Pending An Appeal

Setback

A few weeks ago a federal judge ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and because that judge refused to issue a stay on same-sex marriage pending appeal, same-sex couples in Utah were allowed to apply for marriage licenses and get married. Just moments ago, the US Supreme Court issued a stay blocking any further same-sex marriages to take place within the state of Utah until the matter can be decided on appeal. That means, just like that, marriage equality has been halted in Utah for at least a few weeks until the ruling on the state’s ban on same-sex marriage can be decided on appeal. Ugh. More »

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