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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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A Federal Court Rules That Utah’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

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Yesterday we learned the happy news that the state Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled that same-sex marriage is now LEGAL in that state and today we learn that a federal judge has just ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Unless the ruling is overturned on appeal, Utah will become the 18th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage … which is really significant if you consider how religious and conservative Utah is. This the first instance of a federal court judge ruling in favor of same-sex marriage since the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional last June. Read on to learn more about the case that was decided today that has determined that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. More »

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The State Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage In New Mexico

NM is now The 17th State in the US to enjoy Marriage Equality

Congratulations are in order for the people of New Mexico because earlier today the state Supreme Court there unanimously ruled that same-sex marriage is now LEGAL in the entire state. It’s a bit complicated but before today’s ruling same-sex marriage was legal in only some counties in the state while it was completely illegal in other counties of the state. The New Mexico Supreme Court wisely ruled that same-sex couples should legally be allowed to be married no matter where they live in the state. As a result, New Mexico is now the 17th state (plus the District of Columbia) where same-sex marriage is legal. Woot!! More »

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The Governor Of Illinois Signs Its Same-Sex Marriage Bill Into Law

"Love is not relegated to a second class status to any citizen"

A couple of weeks ago we learned the JOYOUS news that the Illinois congress successfully passed their same-sex marriage bill, requiring only the governor’s signature to make the bill a law. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Pat Quinn signed that bill into law on the very desk that President Abraham Lincoln used to pen his first inaugural address. Just last week, Hawai’i passed and signed into law their same-sex marriage bill into law and now, officially, Illinois joins the other 15 states (and the District of Columbia) that have legalized same-sex marriage in this country! Woot!! More »

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Hawai’i Will Become The 15th State In The US To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Aloha, Marriage Equality!

Last month New Jersey legalized same-sex marriage and earlier this month, Illinois also legalized same-sex marriage … bringing the number of states in the US that enjoy marriage equality to 14. Today we learn that the Hawai’i Senate passed their same-sex marriage bill after the House of Representatives passed the bill last week. Governor Neil Abercrombie has publicly stated all along that he intends to sign the bill into law, which would make Hawai’i the 15th state to enjoy marriage equality here in the United States of America (with Illinois to follow suit soon)! More »

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Illinois Will Become The 16th State In The US To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Woot!!

Back in February of this year, the Illinois Senate passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state and at the time it was hoped that Illinois would become the 10th state to enjoy marriage equality here in the US. Since that time other states have successfully legalized same-sex marriage while the Illinois House of Representatives debated the bill. Yesterday, the House FINALLY passed the marriage equality bill which means that Illinois will become the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage (after Hawai’i becomes the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage)! Yes!! More »

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Marriage Equality Comes To The State Of New Jersey

The 14th State in the US to Legalize Same-Sex Marraige

Last last month we learned that a judge in New Jersey ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and, as such, ruled that New Jersey MUST allow same-sex marriages to be legalized in the state. Almost immediately, Republican governor Chris Christie vowed to fight the ruling to strip away the right for same-sex couples to marry in NJ … not that it mattered because at the stroke of midnight last night, same-sex marriages became legal in the state of New Jersey. There are now 14 states in the US that have legalized same-sex marriage — which is more than the 13 original colonies (eventually states) in the United States of America. Let Freedom Ring! More »

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A State Court Rules That New Jersey Must Allow Same-Sex Marriage

The Judge rules that Same-Sex Marriages will be allowed in 30 days

Great news coming out of the Garden State today. The New York Times has just reported that a state judge in New Jersey has ruled that the state must allow same-sex marriage starting next month. Citing the Supreme Court‘s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, judge Mary C. Jacobsen ruled that the state of NJ must allow same-sex couples to marry so that they can “obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution“. Wow! This is the first state ruling legalizing same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA back in June. Woot!! More »

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Same-Sex Couples Begin To Marry In Minnesota & Rhode Island

Marriage Equality Went Into Effect In MN & RI Today

June was a happy month for the celebration of marriage equality with the Supreme Court rulings that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidated California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 and today is a happy day for MORE marriage equality celebration here in the US. Back in May, the states of Minnesota and Rhode Island became the 12th and 13th states in the country to legalize same-sex marriage and at 12AM today, those laws went into effect. Couples all over the states of MN and RI lined up to begin to marry, which means it’s been a most joyous day already in those states :) More »

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The Oxford English Dictionary Plans To Redefine The Term ‘Marriage’ Now That Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal In England

Progress

Earlier this month we learned that England became the latest country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and today we learn that that legalization is having a major effect on the English language. The people responsible for the Oxford English Dictionary have said that they will change the definition of the world “marriage” to include same-sex couples. The OED currently defines the term marriage as, “the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.” But now that same-sex marriage can include a couple of the same-sex, well, the formal dictionary definition has to be updated to reflect that change. More »

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