Tennessee Plaintiffs Appeal Sixth Circuit Ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court

Today National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), attorneys Abby Rubenfeld, Maureen Holland, and Regina Lambert, and the law firms of Sherrard & Roe PLC and Ropes & Gray LLP requested the Supreme Court of the United States hear their case. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned lower court rulings that struck down state marriage…

Federal Judge Blocks Kansas’s Ban on Marriage Equality

BREAKING: With the stay lifted, same-sex couples in Kansas can begin applying for marriage licenses immediately. (November 12, 5:45 p.m. EST) [On November 4, 2014], U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a preliminary injunction in Marie v. Moser, ordering Kansas to stop enforcing its discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples.  Judge Crabtree granted the state’s…

A look at how courts differ on gay marriage

Rev. Katie Hotze-Wilton signs a Missouri marriage license after performing a marriage ceremony for April Dawn Breeden and her long-time partner Crystal Pearis Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at City Hall in St. Louis. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison overturned Missouri’s ban on gay marriage on Wednesday saying the law is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)…

Appeals court upholds bans on same-sex marriage in four states

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states Thursday afternoon, creating a split among the nation’s appeals courts that almost surely means the Supreme Court must take up the issue of whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. The panel ruled 2…

BREAKING: Missouri Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

Denying Missouri’s gay couples the opportunity to marry is unconstitutional, a judge ruled this afternoon. As a result, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in his decision, marriage licenses can be issued throughout Missouri beginning today. “The Court finds and declares that any same sex couple that satisfies all the requirements for marriage under…

Court: Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin unconstitutional

A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld lower court decisions that same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional. The swift decision comes just little more than a week after the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments at which lawyers for the two states often found themselves on the defensive…

Louisiana Gay Marriage Ban Upheld By Federal Judge

WASHINGTON — Bucking a nationwide trend, a federal judge in Louisiana upheld a state ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, writing that “any right to same-sex marriage is not yet so entrenched as to be fundamental” and that gay marriage was “inconceivable until very recently.” “The Court is persuaded that a meaning of what is…

North Carolina Attorney General Will Not Defend State’s Marriage Ban

Following today’s historic ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that he would stop defending the state’s marriage equality ban. Today’s ruling applies to the entire Fourth Circuit, which includes North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. There are currently two cases in North…

Indiana Marriage Ban Struck Down by Federal Judge

Today U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young ruled against Indiana’s statute banning marriage equality, making the Hoosier State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.  In Baskin v. Bogan, Lambda Legal and local private counsel sued the state…