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Florida Marriage Equality Plaintiffs Ask for State Supreme Court Hearing

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Florida Marriage Equality plaintiffsThe plaintiffs in the Florida marriage equality case in Key West are seeking to bypass the appeals court and go directly top the state Supreme Court.

Joe.My.God reports:

The two Key West bartenders who two weeks ago won their marriage lawsuit in a Monroe County court are petitioning to have their case heard by the Florida Supreme Court. Via the Miami Herald: On July 17, Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia declared Florida’s 2008 gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, ruling against Bondi, whose office defended the ban. Huntsman and Jones have not been allowed to marry: Florida law mandates that an automatic stay pending appeal is triggered when a public official loses a court case. “We’re filing in the court of appeal, a motion, in layman’s terms, to pass through the jurisdiction of the third District Court of Appeal and to send the case directly to the Florida Supreme Court,” Restivo told the Miami Herald. “It’s going to certainly bring this case quicker to finality. It’s going to apply this case, one way or another, to the entire state of Florida, once the Supreme Court rules on it.”

Will the Supreme Court take the case, or send it back to wind its way through the appeals process?

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Texas Marriage Equality Plaintiffs Profiled

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes

Photo: Mei-Chun Jau for USA TODAY

Support is growing for marriage equality in Texas. Two of the Texas marriage equality plaintiffs are profiled.

USA Today reports:

GUN BARREL CITY, Texas — This place got its name because the main road was straight as a gun barrel. Today, it’s at the center of a fight over gay marriage. That’s because weekenders Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, who bought an A-frame house overlooking scenic Cedar Creek Lake four years ago, have become minor celebrities as the men challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage… At the Huddle House restaurant in Gun Barrel City (pop. 5,372), where pickup trucks line the parking lot and a bacon, egg and cheese melt with grits goes for $3.99, waitresses coo over the couple while delivering biscuits and gravy and Dr. Pepper. “We know them, and we’ve seen them on TV,” general manager Candace Hunt says. “I don’t think anybody should judge them. They should let God judge them when the time comes.”

Read the whole article – it’s a fascinating window into how the marriage equality fight is playing out in the South.

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USA, Arkansas: Supreme Court Gives Plaintiffs One Day to Respond to New Stay Request

Friday, May 16th, 2014

ArkansasThings are humming along in Arkansas – the State Supreme Court gave plaintiffs a 2 PM Friday deadline to respond to a request for a stay of Judge Piazza’s new order.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Arkansas’ highest court has moved up its deadline for a group of same-sex couples to respond to a bid to halt a judge’s ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. The Arkansas Supreme Court gave attorneys for the group of gay couples challenging the ban until 2 p.m. Friday to respond to the motion for a stay of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling striking down all measures preventing gay couples from marrying. The court had initially given the attorneys until Monday at noon to respond. It was unclear how quickly justices would act.

LGBTQ Nation also published a great primer on where we are in Arkansas.

Could the new date mean the Court is planning to issue a stay as early as Friday afternoon?

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USA, West Virginia: Meet One of the Couples Fighting the State’s Ban on Marriage Equality

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

West Virginia gay coupleFairness West Virginia has just released a new video profiling one of the same-sex couples in the marriage equality lawsuit in the state.

Towleroad reports:

One of those couples, Justin Murdock and his partner William Glavaris, are profiled in a beautiful new video from Fairness West Virginia. Justin and Will are based in Huntington and Justin is a board member of the organization.

Fairness West Virginia writes: Faces of Fairness is a groundbreaking project is the first of its kind in West Virginia and is comprised of a touring photography exhibit, a documentary film, and a web-based archive. The participants articulate the many issues that face LGBT West Virginians including second-parent adoption rights, medical benefits, hospital visitation rights, employment and housing discrimination, advocacy and political representation, transgender rights and protections, marriage equality, and bullying.

What an amazing young couple – a great inspiration for marriage equality in the state. Once again, I’m amazed to see this kind of action taking place in such a red state. How long until the last US state recognizes marriage equality? Calling Nate Silver…

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USA, Florida: Seeking Plaintiffs to Challenge Marriage Equality Ban

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Equality FloridaMarriage equality advocates in Florida are looking for plaintiffs to challenge the state’s ban on gay marriage. On Top Magazine reports:

In an e-mail to supporters, Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBT rights advocate, cited two recent Supreme Court rulings related to marriage equality in announcing its decision to move forward. “After consulting with state and national legal experts on the scope of the Supreme Court decision and the impact it may have for state constitutional bans, Equality Florida is reaching out to potential plaintiffs for a lawsuit in Florida,” the group wrote.

As a community, we need to pursue actions in all remaining 37 states to bring marriage equality to all our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

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California, USA: Prop 8 Plaintiffs Ask Supreme Court To Decline Prop 8 Case

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Prop 8 Plaintiffs Ask Supreme Court To Decline Prop 8 CaseLawyers for the gay and lesbian plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown and Perry v. Schwarzenegger), the federal case challenging the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, today filed a brief asking the nation’s highest court not to hear the case.

If the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear the case, lower court rulings that found Prop. 8 unconstitutional will stand and marriage equality will be restored in California, possibly by the end of this year.

“The Ninth Circuit found that eliminating the ability of gay and lesbian couples to have their relationships designated as marriages — and relegating them to separate and unequal domestic partnerships — achieves nothing except the marginalization of gay and lesbian individuals and their relationships, and therefore cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny,” plaintiffs’ attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies wrote in today’s brief.

Authored By Sunnivie Brydum – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Oregon, USA: Two Prop 8 Plaintifs Attend Reading of “8” in Oregon

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

A crowd had lined up outside the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland to see the Oregon premiere reading of Dustin Lance Black’s “8.”

AFER plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier had made the trek from the Bay Area to see the performance and talk about their fight for equal marriage rights in a post-show discussion.

See the Full Story at AFER

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Thanksgiving Wishes From The Prop 8 Lawsuit Plaintifs

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Fond Thanksgiving wishes from the plaintiffs in the case to win full federal marriage equality.

Full Story from AFER

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CA: During Prop 8 Trial, Plaintiffs Received Threats

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Prop 8 PlaintiffsThe two plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 gay marriage case reportedly received numerous threatening phone calls during the trial last year.

According to the news magazine The Advocate, they may have come from Gregory Giusti, the man convicted of making threatening phone calls to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

The Advocate reports that Sandra Stier and Kristin Perry, who filed suit challenging California’s ban on gay marriage, received more than a dozen messages at their Berkeley home in January when the Proposition 8 testimony was being heard.

Full Story from ABC7

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