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The Final Marriage News Watch From Matt Baume

Monday, July 6th, 2015

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Matt in the Early Years

It’s kinda weird being on the back side of history. Matt Baume has done an amazing job chronicling the fight in the US. Here’s his swan song:

Only a few isolated locations in the country remain where same-sex couples can’t get married. Those opposed to equality are getting increasingly desperate, with stall tactics and long-shot legal games.

We’re also likely to see renewed attacks on other civil rights, so there’s still going to be a lot of work to do in order to protect equality.

But the story of marriage is changing from something we’re fighting to achieve to something we’re actually living. That’s why as of this week I’m wrapping up Marriage News Watch.

Marriage News Watch: Santorum Stands in the Way

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Matt BaumeWith the Supreme Court due to rule on marriage any day now, Presidential ‘candidate’ Rick Santorum says he would fight back against a pro-equality ruling.

He says that states allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry is a violation of his religious freedom, which is an argument a lot people made about interracial marriage in the 60s.

So do couples need to worry about the possibility that Rick Santorum could stop them?

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage News Watch – North Carolina to Turn Away the Gays?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Matt BaumeA bill to allow North Carolina officials to refuse to serve any couple they don’t like is several steps closer to passing, even after the governor vetoed it.

Texas is coming up with new excuses for refusing to issue marriage licenses.

And with a federal ruling on marriage due any day now, Judge Roy Moore continues to speak out against the Supreme Court.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at Joe.My.God

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Marriage News Watch: Alabama Could End Marriage Licenses for Everyone

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Matt BaumeAn NBC station in Tennessee is refusing to broadcast footage of a gay soldier who wants to get married.

The governor of North Carolina vetoed a bill that would let state officials turn gay couples away from marriage counters — but the bill’s not dead yet.

And Alabama is actually going through with a threat to stop issuing marriage licenses state-wide — but that might not have the effect they want.

By Matt Baume – Full Story at Marriage News Watch

Marriage News Watch: Alabama’s Lesbian Marriage Penalty

Monday, May 25th, 2015

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Alabama has sent a minister to jail for 30 days for defying a local judge and marrying a lesbian couple.

Irish voters support marriage equality in a landslide, but marriage could still start in America before they start in Ireland.

And one more study shows support for equality on the rise.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage News Watch: Texas AG Wants to Stop Gays from Caring for Families

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Matt BaumeHow’s this for villainy: Texas AG Ken Paxton has sued the Obama administration to prevent gays and lesbians from taking time off to care for their spouses.

A new rule taking effect this week would require Texas to permit family and medical leave for LGBTs.

But Paxton is determined to fight those couples in court rather than let them take care of each other. Nice.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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So, Apparently Alabama’s Whole Supreme Court is Crazy

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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Well, the Alabama Supreme Court just ordered judges around the state to stop issuing marriage licenses. Can they do that? Well, they’re not supposed to … and yet they did. So now we get to experience a fascinating new situation in which Supreme Courts just make up whatever rules suit them. Fun!

And speaking of fun, the National Organization for Marriage just lost yet another case — this time, it was an attempt to hide the identities of the donors to their Prop 8 campaign.

But, you may ask, wasn’t that seven years ago? And haven’t the names been widely available since then? Yes, of course. NOM’s just been spending the last seven years litigating over a case that really does not matter. That’s what they do these days!

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage News Watch – They’re Getting Desperate

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Matt BaumeIt’s hard to keep count of all the ways that homophobic Texas lawmakers dropped the ball: they got their dates wrong, sent a complaint to the wrong judge, and totally misunderstood how the law works in a hand-scrawled complaint.

It’s just not their week.

Also, I don’t know why it looks like I’m wearing a wig in this episode. I’m not, I swear.

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – Fabruary 2nd

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Matt BaumeThere’s a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses.

Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality.

And one lawmaker even wants to send clerks to jail if they issue licenses to anyone — gay or straight.

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – January 26th

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Matt BaumeThere’s a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey the order to issue licenses.

Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality.

And one lawmaker even wants to send clerks to jail if they issue licenses to anyone — gay or straight.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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