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

#18

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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