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Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Appeal Knocked Down By Alito

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Pennsylvania mapA county clerk who tried to appeal the Pennsylvania marriage equality decision all the way to the US Supreme Court was turned away – and by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, no less.

Towleroad.com reports:

Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Schuykill County, Pennsylvania Clerk who has been waging a one-woman crusade against the state’s legalization of gay marriage, petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court this week to intervene, halt the state’s gay marriages and defend the state’s ban in an appeal since the governor has refused… Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., denied without comment a Pennsylvania county clerk’s plea to stop such marriages in that state. That appears to remove the last potential legal barrier to Pennsylvania becoming the nineteenth state in which same-sex marriages are permitted.

Marriage equality is here to stay in Pennsylvania. Now Ms. Santai-Gaffney can either get in line or get out of the way.

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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: Ninth Circuit Dismisses Appeal, Lets Stand Federal Benefits Verdict for Lesbian Couple

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

DOMA OverA case brought by a federal employee seeking health benefits for her wife is over. The Advocate reports:

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal of a federal district court ruling in the case of Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management yesterday, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling which struck down Section 3 of the so-called-Defense of Marriage Act, reports Lambda Legal… “What a wonderful day for Karen, her spouse, Amy Cunninghis, and their family,” Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Tara Borelli said in a statement.

We should see most of the rest of the current batch of DOMA cases wrapping up similarly. Next battle – DOMA’s ban on reciprocity – i.e.: our marriage is no good across state lines.

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USA: Supreme Court Denies Hearing on Ten Other Marriage Equality Cases

Monday, July 1st, 2013

US Supreme CourtA number of other cases that had worked their way up toward the US Supreme Court were ended this week – many of them superseded by the DOMA case that was decided. On Top Magazine reports:

On Thursday, the day after the Supreme Court ruled on two cases related to gay marriage, the high court denied review of 10 additional related cases. Eight of the cases challenged the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), specifically the provision on access to federal benefits for married gay and lesbian couples that the justices struck down on Wednesday.

There were two other cases that were also rejected – in one, the Court let stand a ruling that retained health benefits for same sex partners of state workers; in the other, the Court declined to affirm Nevada’s constitutional ban on marriage equality.

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South Carolina, USA: Same Sex Couples Denied Marriage Licenses in Greenville

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

South Carolina, USA: Same Sex Couples Denied Marriage Licenses in GreenvilleIvy Hill is a real estate investor and manages a family-owned campground. Misha Gibson is a student at Limestone College and hopes to go into social work. They want to get married.

The Piedmont couple went to County Square on Friday and stood in line behind another couple filling out a marriage license. When it came to their turn, they were denied. The reason: Both are women.

The denial came as no surprise. It’s not the first time they have tried. But it hurt a little more this time, with another couple ahead of them leaving with a signed marriage license in hand.

Authored By Ron Barnett – See the Full Story at GreenvilleOnline.com

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Georgia, USA: Gay Couples Denied Marriage Licenses in Decatur

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Gay Couples Denied Marriage Licenses in Decatur, GeorgiaFive gay couples from the “We Do” campaign sponsored by the Campaign for Southern Equality, requested and were denied marriage licenses in Decatur, Georgia yesterday.

The action follows a similar demonstration last week in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The GA Voice reports:

While the couples knew they would be denied a marriage license because of Georgia’s state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, they all said they wanted to put a face on LGBT people in the state who are treated as second-class citizens because of who they love.

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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MI: Transgender Man and Fiancee Denied Marriage License

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Transgender Man in MichiganThis occurred in Pontiac, Michigan. Via Michigan Messenger with video from the local Fox affiliate:

“Jordan Swan, who is a female to male transgender man, says he went to the Oakland County Clerk this week to marry his fiancee. The two paid for their marriage license, swore their oaths and signed on the dotted line. Then they were off to the chapel to get married… or so they thought.¬†Swan tells Fox 2 News that shortly after the happy couple left the clerk’s office they received a call telling them they had to return to the offices to get a refund for their marriage license fee. The reason they were offered when they got to the offices? Swan is not a man because he doesn’t have a penis.”

Unfortunately for the county officials, it’s the penis that makes the man.

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MA: State Denies Joint Burial Plans, Citing Potential Loss of Federal Funding

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Two years ago, Darrel Hopkins toured the state veterans’ cemetery in Winchendon and decided he wanted to be buried there. The 20-year Army veteran was delighted with the cemetery’s rolling green hills and picturesque chapel. So he applied for joint burial for himself and his spouse, and was pleased when the state promptly approved the application.

But Mr. Hopkins would soon learn that discrimination can follow you to the grave. Not long after he selected his final resting place, he was summoned to the attorney general’s office and told that the state could lose millions in funding if it allowed the joint burial.

Mr. Hopkins, the recipient of two Bronze Stars and other medals, is married to a man. Because the federal government doesn’t acknowledge same-sex marriage, the 65-year-old veteran may now be forced to choose between recognition for his longtime military service and perpetual rest with his longtime partner.

Full Story from Telegram.com

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Argentina: Senate Denies Church Request for Gay Marriage Ballot Box Vote

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Members of the Argentine Senate have rejected a call by the Roman Catholic Church to put a gay marriage bill up for a vote, La Nacion reported.

Church officials had asked senators to move the debate on gay marriage from the Senate to the public square. The bill was approved in May by Argentina’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies (la Camara de Diputados) and is being reviewed in the Senate General Law Committee chaired by Senator Liliana Negre de Alonso, who has said that she disagrees with giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

Negre de Alonso’s committee began a four-city hearing tour on June 14 that wrapped up Monday in Mendoza.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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