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Marriage Equality in Fort Lauderdale This Week?

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Broward County Clerk Howard FormanIt’s possible, as a case there has passed its deadline for appeal.

Towleroad.com reports:

A Broward County, Florida clerk is contemplating whether to start issuing marriage license to same-sex couples starting next week following the passing of an appeal deadline in a case overturning the state’s gay marriage ban, Equality Florida reports: On August 4, Broward County Judge Cohen ruled Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional – and included the state must recognize legal out of state marriages. The judge stayed the ruling allowing for a 30-day appeal period. But as of Thursday, the deadline has passed and no appeal was made to the ruling.

What will Broward County Clerk Howard Forman do? Let’s hope he comes down on the side of equality. He is due to decide early this week.

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Pennsylvania Zombie Clerk Still Wants Your Marriage Equality Brains

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Zombie Clerk

Talk about not knowing when to quit. The Pennsylvania county clerk, Theresa Santai-Gaffney, is determined to singlehandedly take down marriage equality in the state.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A Pennsylvania county official seeking to overturn a federal judge’s ruling allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state, says she’s not abandoning her fight, even after a U.S. Supreme Court justice rejected her bid to put the marriages on hold while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently. Traditional families are the backbone of this country,” says Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court Clerk for Schuylkill County… “We’re waiting to discuss our strategy” until the lead lawyer, Randall L. Wenger of the Independence Law Center in Harrisburg, returns from vacation, she said.

What strategy? It’s certifiably over. Talk about certifiable – the US Supreme Court turned down your appeal. Kinda funny, tho, that even her lawyer must think it’s over – he’s away on vacation.

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USA, Pennsylvania: Judge Promises Fast Ruling in Marriage Equality Case

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Pennsylvania mapThe judge hearing the state’s lawsuit against Montgomery County is promising a quick ruling in the case.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Pellegrini said he was not weighing the constitutionality of the same-sex marriage ban. But questions about its constitutionality arose repeatedly, and Pellegrini said he was concerned about the potential effect of his ruling on various levels of government… The judge has to determine whether the Health Department has legal standing to pursue what’s known as a mandamus action to force a government official to follow the law. He also has to decide whether Hanes qualifies as a judicial officer; if he does, the state Supreme Court may have exclusive jurisdiction.

So it sounds to me like we shouldn’t expect a slam dunk here, but that it could be bounced up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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NY: Clerk Prepares Gender-Neutral Marriage Forms

Friday, June 17th, 2011

New York’s city clerk is getting ready for the possible legalization of gay marriage.

City Clerk Michael McSweeney says he is proof-reading new, gender-neutral forms for marriage license applications.

The current form asks for one bride’s name and one groom’s name. The gender-neutral versions would allow each person to choose whether he or she is a bride, groom or spouse.

Full Story from The Wall Street Journal

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CA: New Imperial County Clerk Becoming Public Face of Prop 8

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Prop 8Chuck Storey ran for county clerk-recorder in a remote, desert corner of southeast California on a pledge to run a lean operation in churning out government documents like property deeds, birth certificates and marriage licenses. “Imperial County needs a businessman,” he said during last year’s campaign.

Less than two months in office, the low-key real estate agent became something else: a very public face against gay marriage in California. Storey asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month to let him be the primary defendant in a lawsuit to uphold Proposition 8 — if a coalition of religious and conservative groups that sponsored the measure is removed.

Though Storey represents a county that voted overwhelmingly to ban gay marriage, his hometown critics say he was disingenuous when he didn’t raise his intentions earlier. Many voters thought the county’s role in the contentious issue ended Jan. 4 when the appeals court ruled its board of supervisors and deputy clerk had no legal standing to defend the ban.

Full Story from AJC.com

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