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USA, Ohio: Ballot Initiative Put on Hold; Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Ruling

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A couple new stories coming out of Ohio on marriage equality. First off, FreedomOhio is putting its referendum on overturning the state’s ban on hold pending the upcoming ruling.

On Top Magazine reports:

FreedomOhio, the group working on a ballot initiative to repeal Ohio’s ban on gay marriage, announced Friday that it is placing its initiative on hold. FreedomOhio will “hold its original petition for marriage equality in a state of readiness for filing, while collecting signatures on a new petition with revised language,” the group said in a statement. Explaining that it wanted to “ensure that the right language is placed on the ballot at the right time,” the group said it will “continue to work with in-state LGBT groups and allies.”

The group subsequently announced plans to work on an initiative for the Equal Housing and Employment Act.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Ian James, executive director of FreedomOhio, says the organization plans to begin circulating a petition for the Equal Housing and Employment Act. The initiated statute effort takes time and multiple steps, starting with the group needing to collect roughly 116,000 valid signatures to get the idea before state lawmakers. The General Assembly then would have four months to act on the proposed law. Depending on that outcome, another petition could be circulated to get the proposal before voters.

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzgeraldFinally, Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed Fitzgerald (D, Cuyahoga County) announced his support for the pending ruling.

On Top Magazine reports:

Cuyahoga County Executive and Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed Fitzgerald on Friday applauded a federal judge’s preliminary ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples… “As governor, I will support marriage equality and work to move Ohio forward for all its residents,” Fitzgerald, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Who you love and commit yourself to should not be prohibited by governments.”

Ohio’s current Republican Governor John Kasich opposes marriage equality.

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USA, Wisconsin: Federal Judge Won’t Delay Marriage Equality Case

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Scott WalkerGovernor Scott Walker’s attempt to delay or throw out the marriage equality lawsuit in the state has failed.

Edge Boston reports:

A federal judge has denied a motion by the state to stay the case involving the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s marriage amendment. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Monday said delaying the case would serve no purpose. The state filed a motion earlier this month asking that the case be stayed until the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on the domestic partner registry. Crabb said the state has not explained specifically how the registry case is likely to change issues in the marriage amendment challenge, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Let’s bring marriage equality to Walker’s state, and expand the list of Great Lakes states that recognizes it!

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USA, Kentucky: Marriage Equality Order Delayed 21 Days

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

KentuckyThe judge in the Kentucky marriage equality case has given the state 21 days to figure out how to implement his order.

Equality on Trial reports:

“…the court has granted a 21-day stay of its order requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. This week, the state requested a 90-day stay, suggesting that the additional time “will give Defendants time to determine if they will appeal the order, and the Executive Branch time to determine what actions must be taken to implement this Court’s Order if no appeal is taken.”. The judge’s order granting the stay notes that “the state merely asks for reasonable time to implement the Order. The Court concludes that a limited stay allows the state proper time to administratively prepare for compliance with the Order.” The opinion says it was unclear why 90 days were needed for that purpose. The state will have until March 20 to implement its order requiring recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside of Kentucky.

In related news, new plaintiffs added to the case have resulted in a name change:

First, with the addition of new plaintiffs in the case asking the district court judge to invalidate Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages, the case has been re-titled Love v. Beshear. One new plaintiff is named Timothy Love.

How perfect is that?

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USA, Virginia: Marriage Equality Hearing Delayed By Storm

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

VirginiaThe snow storm that swept through the south these last few days has delayed the marriage equality hearing in Virginia.

The Washington Blade reports:

Oral arguments in a federal lawsuit that challenges Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban that was scheduled to take place tomorrow has been postponed because of inclement weather. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, Va., is expected to hear the case sometime next month.

In related news, new AG Mark herring explained his decision not to defend the ban.

Hampton Roads reports:

Switching his office’s posture on the case, Herring said, is “not about my personal view in support of marriage equality.” “That’s not my role as attorney general,” he said in an interview with The Virginian-Pilot from his Richmond office. “But, rather, the decision was based on the law and based on the obligations of the office.” Herring, who had planned to be in court for the hearing – now tentatively planned for sometime in February – contends that the state’s refusal to permit or recognize same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection and due-process clauses.

Also in Virginia, one of the plaintiffs in the case shared his story.

AFER reports:

Originally London and Bostic were going to Maryland to get married. They told London’s lawyer, Robert Ruloff, about their plan. He had other ideas. “I said, ‘No you’re not. You’re going to get married right here,'” remembered Ruloff, who is, for whatever it’s worth, a straight man from West Virginia. “‘We’ll fight it here. If you want to do it, let’s do it.'”

And finally, Virginia delegate Joseph Yost became the first HOP lawmaker in the state to support marriage equality.

The Washington Blade reports:

“As far as same-sex marriage goes, it does not bother me,” state Del. Joseph Yost (R-Giles County) told the Washington Blade during an interview at an Equality Virginia reception that took place at the Library of Virginia in downtown Richmond. “Why not?”… “It boils down to tradition; it’s just a generational gap,” said Yost. “I don’t think the government should be involved in marriage period — straight or gay. I feel like we have bigger things to worry about.”

One way or another, marriage equality will come soon t Virginia. Any word wham that rescheduled hearing will be?

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USA, Utah: Marriage Equality Foes Win Seven Day Extension

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Utah MapUtah won a minor skirmish, getting an extra week to submit briefs in the marriage equality lawsuit.

Equality on Trial reports:

…the Tenth Circuit today granted a request filed by the state of Utah seeking a time extension in the expedited briefing schedule that had previously been provided by the appellate court. Originally, the Tenth Circuit had ordered briefing in the appeal of Judge Shelby’s decision in Kitchen to be completed by February 25, but Utah officials asked for a 10-day stay in light of the very recent appointment of a new attorney general and a search for outside counsel conducted by the state. Although the Tenth Circuit said in its original briefing order that requests for delay were “very strongly discouraged,” the circuit court today granted Utah’s request in part, allowing an extension of seven days. This means that the opening brief will now be due February 3, the response brief will be due February 25, and any reply brief will be due March 4. It is possible that the Tenth Circuit will consider oral arguments in the case during its March 17-21 sitting.

If the Tenth Circuit rules against Utah, it would set a great precedent going up to the Supreme Court, and other conservative states would be in serious danger of losing their own bans on marriage equality. One can only hope.

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UK, England/Wales: Confusion Abounds Over Start Date for Marriage Equality

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Big BenSome same-sex couples will have to wait an extra nine months to get married in the UK.

Gay Star News reports:

…couples in civil partnerships are being left disappointed when they realized they were unable to get married on 29 March. It is expected they will have to wait until the end of the year to convert their civil partnerships into marriages. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has explained it will take longer for couples in civil partners to get married as computer systems have to be reformed. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has explained it will take longer for couples in civil partners to get married as computer systems have to be reformed. Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice from Barnsley were told they must dissolve their civil partnership if they wanted to get married on the historic date. ‘We’re being penalized because we’re in a civil partnership,’ Paul Atwal-Brice told Gay Star News.

The UK does seem to be having a lot of difficulty getting its act together to implement last year’s marriage equality law, don’t they?

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USA, West Virginia: County Clerk Asks for Delay in Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

West VirginiaA County Clerk in West Virginia who is being sued over marriage equality says she needs more time to prepare.

Edge Boston reports:

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Charleston, asking the deadline for her response be extended past Wednesday. The New York-based gay rights group Lambda Legal sued earlier this month, declaring West Virginia’s Defense of Marriage Act a violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The clerk claims the constitutional questions involved require more time, and she also wants to know if the state attorney general will intervene.

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USA, Hawaii: Citing Pending Legislative Session, Ninth Circuit Delays Marriage Equality Case

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

HawaiiIn light of the upcoming special session to debate a marriage equality bill in Hawaii, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is delaying the date for the filing of briefs in the pending lawsuit.

Equality on Trial reports:

The filing points out that “the Hawai’i Legislature’s enactment of marriage equity for same-sex couples would likely moot the current appeal.” They note that a delay would “preserve the resources” of the parties and the court, given that the issue could be resolved outside the federal court system. Governor Abercrombie took no position on the request. The Hawaii Family Forum, defendant-intervenors in the lower court and on appeal, also took no position. Hawaii’s Health Director Loretta Fuddy consented to the request.

All eyes will be on Hawaii next month as the legislature considers the issue.

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USA, South Carolina: Judge Gives State Extra Time in Marriage Equality Case

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

South Carolina MapA judge in South Carolina has given the state government Or seven weeks prepare their arguments in the marriage equality case.

SDGLN reports:

The lawsuit, filed in the Columbia division of federal court late August, was brought by an S.C. Highway Patrol trooper and the woman she legally married in Washington, D.C., last year. “The defendants request this additional time to respond due to the significant issues in this case,” said a motion submitted by Wilson on behalf of himself and Haley.

The delay will give the state ample time to find more bulls**t evidence for the trial. Filings are now due by November 15th.

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Uganda: Kill the Gays Bill On Hold

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

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Ugandan officials appear to be afraid of losing international aid, and are slow-walking the kill-the-gays bill. Towleroad.com reports:

Late last year, Ugandan parliamentary speaker Rebecca Kadaga, promised to swiftly pass the “kill the gays” bill as a “Christmas gift” to Ugandans. As you know, it (thankfully) never happened. Pink News reports that Marvin Kibuuka, one of the country’s gay rights advocates, claims to know the reason: loss of aid to Uganda. Some within Uganda’s government who are concerned the bill poses a threat to international aid donations. Mr Kibuuka said: “When the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, went to Canada in October 2012 and came back to Uganda everybody thought she was going to pass the bill at the time, but at the same time the government was trying to draft the budget for the forthcoming year. Mr Kibuuka added: “the government didn’t want to lose out.” But he also warned that the majority of people in Uganda want the bill to pass regardless and don’t care about the threat of losing international aid.

Just like the conservatives here – stay pure with your ideology and damn the consequences.

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