EDITORIAL: State AG Suthers should back off shameful push against gay marriage

A  Brighton judge answered the question for everyone in Colorado still struggling with whether and how to end Colorado’s embarrassing ban on gay marriage. “They all got it wrong?” Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree asked, according to a story this week in the Denver Post, talking about a growing list of district court…

Colorado judge considering two lawsuits skeptical of same-sex marriage ban

BRIGHTON, Colo. — Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban appeared to be on thin ice Monday after a judge considering two lawsuits against the law pointed out that 15 other judges have recently struck down similar bans in other states. Those rulings followed the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year ordering the federal government to recognize same-sex…

With Federal Court Ruling, Wisconsin’s Marriage Ban Becomes the Latest to Fall

Today U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled against Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making Wisconsin the twelfth state to see such a ban struck down in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.  In Wolf v. Walker, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Wisconsin and the…

Same-sex marriages officially begin in Illinois

Couples attend a beach-front marriage equality ceremony at the Kathy Osterman Beach in Chicago, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Dozens of people attended the event. June 1 marked the first day all of Illinois’ 102 counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a piecemeal start where some county officials began granting licenses months…

Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Ban on Gay Marriage

Continuing a rush of rulings that have struck down marriage limits across the country, a federal judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history,” wrote…

Federal judge strikes down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage

Oregon state officials have said they’d be prepared to issue same-sex marriage licenses almost immediately; couples are lined up outside the county clerk’s office in Portland EUGENE, Ore. — A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the ban unconstitutionally…

Arkansas judge strikes down state’s ban on gay marriage

  An Arkansas judge Friday invalidated the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violates the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. “Although marriage is not expressly identified as a fundamental right in the Constitution, the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized it as such,” Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled in…

Gay Rights Push Shifts Its Focus South and West

The country’s leading gay rights groups and donors, after a decade focused on legalizing same-sex marriage, are embarking on a major drive to win more basic civil rights and workplace protections in Southern and Western states where the rapid progress of the movement has largely eluded millions of gay men and lesbians. The effort will…

10th Circuit arguments on gay marriage ban focus on family, fairness

As red numerals ticked away the minutes on a digital timer, lawyers fielded a barrage of questions from three federal appeals-court judges considering Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. In a rapid-fire series of exchanges, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges repeatedly interrupted the lawyers and, at times, even one another. They directed Thursday’s…

U.S. Court Seems Split on Utah Gay Marriage Ban

DENVER — The push for same-sex marriage, which has celebrated victory after victory in courtrooms across the country, entered an uncertain stage on Thursday as a federal appeals court appeared divided about whether the socially conservative state of Utah could limit marriage to a man and a woman. In an hour of arguments inside a…