News & Events

January 14th South Dakota Federal Court Declares Same-Sex Couples have the Fundamental Right to Marry While the country as a whole eagerly awaits the Supreme Court’s pending decision whether or not to review same-sex marriage cases, there have been recent developments in the progress for Marriage Equality in federal courts.
January 7th Marriage Equality has a Winning 2014 Season 32 – 2 in the regular season, and 5 – 1 in the playoffs are stats that will make most teams envious.
January 5th Stay in Florida Federal Court Decision Scheduled to be Lifted Tomorrow morning, the long engagements of many Florida same-sex couples may finally end in marriage. A Federal District court had struck down Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional on August 21, 2014, but application of the decision was put on hold until 90 days after the U.S.
December 5th Same-sex Marriage Licenses Set to Be Issued in Florida January 6th The Eleventh Federal Circuit Court refused to extend the stay of the Florida Northern Federal District’s decision that declared same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.
December 5th Mississippi Federal Judge Declares Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional Last week a Federal court decision allowed Mississippi to become the first state in the Fifth Federal Circuit to strike down a statewide ban on same-sex marriage.
December 3rd Federal Court Rules Montana’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Montana joined the majority of states legalizing same-sex marriage. Following the recent decision in the Ninth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, the Federal District Court of Montana ruled that Montana’s state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
November 25th Equal Marriage Reaches Kansas, South Carolina The Supreme Court has opened the door to same-sex marriage in South Carolina.  A statewide constitutional ban had been in effect since 2007 following approval by both voters and legislators. 
November 11th Court Rulings Pave Way for Equal Marriage in Kansas, Missouri U.S. District Courts in Kansas and Missouri have issued rulings striking down equal marriage bans in those states.  In Missouri, the District Court ruling struck down the state-wide constitutional ban that was passed by ballot initiative in 2004. 
November 7th Court Ruling Upholding Marriage Ban Sets Up Supreme Court Showdown The Cincinnati-based U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit today issued a shattering decision for equal marriage proponents. 
November 1st Attorney General Announces Equal Marriage Recognition in Six New States U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will provide recognition to same-sex marriages in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. 
October 22nd Rush of Momentum for Same-Sex Marriage Continues in Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming Federal courts have recently opened the door for same-sex marriage in Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming.  Last week, an Arizona U.S. District Court judge ruled the state’s marriage ban unconstitutional “by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law.”  Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refused to enter a stay on a similar ruling out of Alaska, permitting same-sex marriages to commence in the state. 
October 8th Court Rulings Supporting Equal Marriage Handed Down for Three States Courts have recently issued decisions in Missouri, Idaho and Nevada supporting the equal marriage.  In Missouri, a Jackson County Circuit Judge ruled that the state must recognize the same-sex marriages of ten Missouri couples married in other states.