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Another Colorado Marriage Equality Ruling Imminent

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

ColoradoThe Federal Judge who heard testimony yesterday against the state’s ban on marriage equality said he will strike it down today.

ABC News reports:

A federal judge in Denver is expected to rule Wednesday whether Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban should be overturned immediately, or if the issue should be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore’s decision will be in response to a lawsuit by six gay couples who want an injunction declaring Colorado’s ban unconstitutional. While Moore indicated the injunction is expected to be granted, he said the question is whether to put his decision on hold.

If no stay is issued, it could open the door for couples to begin marrying across the state.

Ironically, the last clerk who was issuing licenses to same sex couples reluctantly agreed to stop yesterday.

Pink News reports:

Hillary Hall, the county clerk who issued over three dozen same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder, Colorado, has reluctantly agreed to stop. Hall ceased to issue same-sex marriage licenses only after a ruling last Friday by the state’s highest court ordered a Denver County clerk to stop.

Will weddings resume today in the state?

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Wisconsin Marriage Equality Updates: Pizzeria Covers Newlyweds’ Bill; ACLU Files for Injunction Against Ban

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Wisconsin MapA couple more updates out of Wisconsin this morning.

First off, a Pizzeria picked up the tab for a gay couple celebrating their wedding.

Towleroad.com reports:

A gay Wisconsin couple likely weren’t expecting to have the day they had last Friday. First, a judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Second, they were married hours later. Third, the pizzeria they went to for their wedding dinner covered their entire bill. Christopher Graham and Andrew Capelle posted a photo on Facebook of their receipt from the Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe with a message thanking the staff: Yesterday, my husband and I could legally get married in Wisconsin. After our ceremony (and staying to witness several others) we stopped in last night for dinner to celebrate. When the check came, our server, Melissa, told us that our bill had been taken care of by the staff.

How sweet is that?

In other news, the ACLU has filed a demand for a permanent injunction against the marriage equality ban.

Joe.My.God reports:

The ACLU yesterday filed the requested demand for a permanent injunction against the enforcement of Wisconsin’s marriage ban. Defendants Scott Walker and J.B. Van Hollen, in their official capacities,and their officers, agents, servants, employees and attorneys, and all those acting in concert with them, are permanently enjoined from enforcing art. XIII, S 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution and any Wisconsin statutory provisions limiting marriage to different-sex couples, including those in Wis. Stat. ch. 765, so as to deny same-sex couples the same rights to marry that are provided to different-sex couples or to deny same-sex couples lawfully married in Wisconsin or in other jurisdictions the same rights, protections, obligations and benefits of marriage under Wisconsin law that are provided to different-sex couples.

Could marriage equality be here to stay in Wisconsin?

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USA, California: Prop 8 Supporters Try Yet Again to Block Weddings

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Prop 8 OverThese people are a desperate bunch. Having been rebuffed already by the US Supreme Court, now they’re taking their gripes to the California Supreme Court. Equality on Trial reports:

The saga continues, at least for now: ProtectMarriage, the group behind Proposition 8, the 2008 constitutional amendment that banned marriage equality in California, is asking the California Supreme Court to order county clerks to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Los Angeles Times reports:

Opponents of same-sex marriage asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to order county clerks to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that Gov. Jerry Brown lacked the authority to end enforcement of Proposition 8.

ProtectMarriage, the group that sponsored the 2008 ballot measure banning gay marriage, urged the state high court to act under a California constitutional provision that prohibits officials from refusing to enforce a law unless an appellate court has first determined the law is unconstitutional. There is no binding appellate ruling that says Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

It’s a long shot. The The Advocate reports:

“The California Supreme Court will likely stay out of this and say the scope of Judge Walker’s order is a matter for the federal courts to determine,” University of California Davis law professor Vikram Amar told the Times. “State courts generally won’t get into the business of construing federal court orders. They leave that to the federal courts.”

As Joe.My.God reports, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera agrees:

“This motion is a desperate obstruction tactic used in the vain hope of pursuing an unconstitutional agenda. The opponents of the freedom to marry have chosen to ignore the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and the well-settled California marriage case of Lockyer v. San Francisco, which they themselves celebrated at the time. Their motion has essentially no chance to succeed. The most basic concepts of American law tell us that a state court cannot and will not overrule the federal judiciary. The citizens of California are left wondering when these people will realize that, having lost the moral struggle years and years ago, they have now lost the legal struggle as well. Marriage equality is now the law in the State of California, and will remain so from this point onward. Together we will soon see the day when it is the law all across America.”

The Court meets on Wednesdays, but a response to the request could come down at any time. It’s over, folks. Pack up your bags and your lies and go home.

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Obama Administration to Appeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ruling

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

We knew this was coming.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged the Justice Department is preparing to appeal a court’s decision against the law preventing gays from serving openly in the military, but said President Obama is still committed to ending the policy. “This is a policy that is going to end,” Gibbs said. “It’s not whether it’s going to end. It’s about the process.”

Hear that? Our President wants DADT to end, really he does, but he just can’t help himself, he has to appeal. It’s the process, you see.

Where did we hear that schtick recently? Oh yeah. On the floor of the Senate, when Blue Dogs Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, and Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe whined about how unfair DADT is, how wrong it is, but gosh darn it, we have to think about the process!!! It’s just not fair otherwise!!!

Full Story from Pam’s House Blend

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Judge Halts Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Reporting from Washington – A federal judge in California issued a permanent ban Tuesday on the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians in the military, ordering the Defense Department to immediately halt any efforts to remove personnel because of their sexual orientation.

The government has 60 days to appeal the ruling, which gives the administration until after the midterm election next month to make a decision. But it also presents a problem for President Obama as he tries to rally his Democratic base.

As a presidential candidate, Obama said he would work to do away with the policy. But should the Justice Department appeal the ruling, it could anger many of the president’s liberal supporters, something Obama and congressional Democrats can ill afford.

Full Story from the LA Times

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