COUPLES ARE GETTING MARRIED RIGHT NOW!!!
On Wednesday the US Supreme Court invalidated California’s Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state and shortly after that decision was announced, Governor Jerry Brown issued an order that all state clerks were to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay on Prop 8. It was believed that the stay would be lifted in about 30 days time. Just moments ago, the Court lifted its stay and ordered that same-sex marriages resume in the state of California. Right now, couples are getting married again here in California … what an amazing, amazing day!!! More »
“Moment of Joy”
In the wake of the historic Supreme Court rulings this week that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and invalidated California’s Proposition 8, which further expanded same-sex marriage rights in this country, a great many people have been celebrating the advancement of marriage equality here in the US. President Obama himself spoke out in support of the rulings during his visit to Africa the day after the rulings were announced. A little closer to home, a same-sex couple who have been living together for about 44 years are also celebrating the same-sex rulings issued by the Supreme Court. Bert & Ernie, two beloved characters from the children’s program Sesame Street, are featured together on the cover of next week’s issue of The New Yorker magazine and as you can see below, they are basking in a moment of joy of the expansion of same-sex marriage rights in this country. More »
Obama voices support for federal same-sex marriage legislation
President Barack Obama made history earlier this year by discussing his support for same-sex marriage in his second Inauguration speech and today, he took that discussion one step further. While speaking publicly alongside Senegalese President Macky Sall in the African nation of Dakar, President Obama voiced his support for the Supreme Court rulings yesterday that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidated California’s Proposition 8, thereby granting same-sex marriage rights to more American citizens. Obama made it clear in his remarks that he is in full support of a federal law legalizing same-sex marriage for the entire country … and Senegalese President Sall took offense to those comments. Homosexuality is still a punishable criminal offense in 38 African countries — including Senegal, a fact well-known by Obama … which is why he likely chose the opportunity to make his comments. Man, I love our president so much! More »
Same-Sex Marriages May Resume in Mere Weeks
The Court Dismisses The Prop 8 Case On Standing
YES!! The US Supreme Court has ruled that they have DISMISSED the Proposition 8 case Hollingsworth v. Perry on standing … which means the Court has decided it cannot issue a ruling in the case because the plaintiffs (the people who want to ban same-sex marriage in California) have no legal right to argue their case before the Court. This means that the lower Federal ruling that made Prop 8 unconstitutional will stand … which means SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WILL RETURN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA! More »
DOMA is DEAD
The US Supreme Court has just issued its ruling regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, which denies the federal benefits of marriage to same-sex married couples) here in the US. The Court has STRUCK DOWN DOMA AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Read below for more details, this post will be updated with more information as soon as it is made available. More »
10AM ET / 7AM PT
Back in March the US Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, took up the matter of same-sex marriage here in the US hearing arguments in cases dealing with California’s Proposition 8 (a law that was passed by popular vote that banned same-sex marriage in the state of California) and the Defense of Marriage Act (a federal act that defines marriage in the US as a legal union between a man and a woman). The Supreme Court has been issuing their rulings on other cases that they have ruled on in the past week or so but thus far, the court’s decisions on same-sex marriage have NOT been released. Today we learn that the Court will issue their rulings in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases tomorrow morning at around 10AM Eastern Time, 7AM Pacific Time. By this time tomorrow, we will know the fate of same-sex marriage in this country as it pertains to those two cases as decided by the US Supreme Court. More »
The state of Minnesota became the 12th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Mark Dayton signed the state’s bill into law yesterday evening. In celebration of this wonderful advancement of equal rights in that part of the country, the city of Minneapolis turned the I-35 Bridge into a beautifully vibrant rainbow bridge of colors and shared the celebration on Facebook. Click below to see how cool this Minneapolis bridge looked last night :D More »
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A Dozen US States Have Now Legalized Same-Sex Marriage!!!
Just last week we learned the JOYOUS news that Delaware became the 11th US state to legalize same-sex marriage, just days after Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Today we learn the AMAZING news that Minnesota has followed suit and yesterday became the 12th US state to legalize same-sex marriage. After the Minnesota House of Representatives passed their marriage equality bill last week, the Minnesota Senate passed the bill … and Governor Mark Dayton intends to wast no time signing that bill into law (in a special ceremony later today). Starting this August, same-sex couples in Minnesota will be allowed to marry! Woot!!! More »
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DE Becomes the 11th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage!
Just last Friday we learned that the state of Rhode Island became the 10th state in the United States of America to legalize same-sex marriage and today we learn that just last night, Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Just days after the RI legislature passed their bill and Governor Lincoln Chafee signed it into law, the DE legislature followed suit last night. Delaware Governor Jack Markell wasted NO TIME signing that state’s bill into law, bringing the total states to enjoy marriage equality to 11! Happy, Happy Day!! More »
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