Marriage Equality: February 2014

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ACLU Asks Judge to Block WI Marriage Ban During Lawsuit

Filed by John M. Becker | February 28, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge yesterday to block Wisconsin's marriage discrimination amendment while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality proceeds.Read More


Kentucky Judge Finalizes Earlier Marriage Recognition Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | February 27, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Today, a federal judge in Kentucky finalized an earlier ruling ordering the state to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.Read More


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Remembering Marvin Burrows, Love Warrior

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 27, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Marvin showed up at every rally, did interviews, lobbied politicians, and traveled around the state so that never again would an LGBT widow/er face homelessness, lose health insurance, or be told by a funeral home director that they are "not family."Read More


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Second Illinois County Starts Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Republican County Clerk of Champaign County, Illinois announced today that in light of a recent ruling in Cook County, his office would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Read More


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A Veto Won't Kill the 'Right to Discriminate' Campaign

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Challenges to antidiscrimination rules for women and LGBTs are not about religious freedom. Instead they are attempts to manipulate religious freedom protections into an affirmative license to discriminate. Read More


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New Documentary Explores Gay Rights, the Black Community

Filed by Viktor Kerney | February 26, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A new documentary from award-winning filmmaker and journalist Yoruba Richen gives us a real look at gay rights, homophobia, and the black community.Read More


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BREAKING: U.S. Judge Strikes Down TEXAS Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 2:40 PM | comments

A federal judge in Texas has just ruled that state's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment is unconstitutional. His ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More


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The Next Frontier for Marriage Equality? The South.

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

This week, the nationwide marriage equality advocacy group Freedom to Marry launched a million-dollar campaign to build support for marriage equality in the region of the country where hostility towards it is perhaps strongest: the South.Read More


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Finnish MP Breaks Down in Equal Marriage Debate

Filed by John M. Becker | February 23, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

During a marriage equality debate, a Finnish MP broke down in tears as she remembered her gay brother who committed suicide because he didn't feel accepted for who he was.Read More


Illinois Marriages Start Now, Federal Judge Rules

Filed by John M. Becker | February 21, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

A federal judge ruled today that same-sex marriages can begin immediately in Cook County, Illinois.Read More


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The History of Marriage: A Video Primer

Filed by John M. Becker | February 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The next time you hear the tired "marriage has existed in the same form for thousands of years" trope, send your misinformed conversation partner a link to this video.Read More


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Parliament of Finland Debates Marriage Equality Today

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

By popular demand, lawmakers in Finland are debating whether or not to allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry.Read More


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Oregon AG Won't Defend Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The attorney general of Oregon said today that she will no longer defend her state's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment in court.Read More


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Idaho Couples Ask Judge to Strike Down Idaho Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, Idaho became the latest state with an active marriage equality lawsuit, thanks to four courageous couples and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.Read More


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Regnerus: Marriage Equality = More Heteros Doing Anal

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Mark Regnerus, the discredited "researcher" who thinks same-sex couples make inferior parents, also thinks marriage equality will result in straight people PUTTING THINGS UP THEIR BUTTS... for fun!Read More


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NOM to Indiana: Put Marriage on the Ballot Or We'll Sue

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The so-called National Organization for Marriage is hinting that it may try and sue to force marriage discrimination onto the ballot in Indiana this fall.Read More


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WA Converting Domestic Partnerships to Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

On June 30, the state of Washington will automatically convert all remaining same-sex domestic partnerships to marriages.Read More


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WI Dems Introduce Bill to End Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | February 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

At a packed press conference on Thursday, two LGBT Democratic Wisconsin state lawmakers introduced legislation to repeal the state's 2006 constitutional marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Did Pope Francis Laugh at Marriage Equality?

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik of Lublin, Poland says he did.Read More


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Kansas Senate Backpedals on 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

In the face of widespread outrage, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle (R) announced that she will not bring the House's "right to discriminate" bill to the Senate floor in its current form.Read More


Desperate Tea Partiers Try to Unmarry Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Tea Party Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) are so angry about marriage equality that they want to force the federal government to un-recognize married couples in non-marriage states.Read More


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When Irish Eyes Are Homophobic

Filed by Michael Knaapen | February 14, 2014 | 11:15 AM | comments

Diarmuid Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, is being lauded as a great ally to LGBT people because he accepts that it's wrong to beat, spit on, and kill us. Read More


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Indiana Anti-Marriage Amendment Dead For 2014

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Indiana Senate failed to offer any amendments to HJR-3, meaning that marriage discrimination will not be on the ballot in the Hoosier State this year.Read More


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SPLC Sues for Marriage Equality in Alabama

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a venerable civil rights organization, announced today that it's suing for marriage equality in Alabama.Read More


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'Right to Discriminate' Bill Sails Through Kansas House

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

This afternoon the GOP-dominated Kansas House of Representatives gave resounding final approval to a bill that would create a special "right" to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religion.Read More


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Texas: No Marriage Ruling Today

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

There was no ruling issued from the bench today in a federal same-sex marriage court case in San Antonio.Read More


BREAKING: KY Judge Partially Strikes Down State Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

A federal judge in Kentucky has just ruled that the state must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.Read More


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Marriage Suits Move Forward in LA, MO, OH, TX

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Here's an update on four marriage equality-related lawsuits in Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas.Read More


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This May Be the Most Heartwarming Lube Commercial Ever

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

Who knew an ad for lube could be so sweet?Read More


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Nevada Drops Defense of Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

Last night, Nevada's Democratic attorney general and Republican governor dropped the state's defense of its voter-approved constitutional marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Help a Same-Sex Couple Have a Big Illegal Gay Wedding

Filed by John M. Becker | February 07, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Check out "My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding" - a contest bringing five same-sex couples from non-marriage states to New York to get married - and meet one of the couples competing for the prize!Read More


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Roy Moore Picks Desperate Federal Marriage Fight

Filed by John M. Becker | February 07, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Wingnut Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is desperately pushing for a federal marriage discrimination amendment. Curiously, the state Democratic Party has yet to denounce him.Read More


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Utah Filmmaker Hopes to Tell Story of Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Utah filmmaker D'Arcy Benincosa hopes to tell the story of America's embrace of marriage equality by telling the love stories of same-sex couples across the country.Read More


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BREAKING: ACLU Sues to Overturn WI Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Finally, a lawsuit has been filed in Wisconsin by the ACLU challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Surprise Birthday Party Becomes Marriage Proposal

Filed by John M. Becker | February 02, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Your daily dose of "awwww!" comes from Lucas, a West Hollywood gay man who arranged a fake surprise birthday party for his boyfriend David so he could ask him to marry him.Read More


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VA Same-Sex Marriage Case Becomes Class Action Suit

Filed by Michael Hamar | February 01, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The plaintiffs in one Virginia's marriage lawsuits have been certified to represent all same-sex couples who have been barred from marrying in Virginia. Read More