A federal judge ruled Thursday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the first state in the South to have its voter-approved prohibition overturned.
The Sandoval administration urged a federal appeals court to uphold the state’s ban on gay marriage, arguing it serves the “legitimate purpose of preserving traditional marriage” and is entrenched in the state’s history.
The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa say their religious beliefs have not changed after Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries determined the Portland-area bakery violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple.
Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state’s voter-approved ban.
Salt Lake City’s mayor led one of the state’s first gay marriage ceremony.
In June, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling left in place a trial judge’s 2010 order striking down the ballot measure as unconstitutional. On June 28, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Mel Jackson and John Dayton have been together for seven years. And next month is their big day, but they’ve got some planning to do.
The inquiry will focus on the National Organization for Marriage and its efforts in 2010 and 2012 to unseat Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state. It was trigger by a complaint filed by Fred Karger, a Republican gay rights activist from California.
They clergy say many of the church’s laws are contradictory, and they are breaking one to obey the other.
In a petition filed Friday, clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. argued that same-sex marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision widely regarded as authorizing gay weddings.
The California Supreme Court is refusing to order the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Opponents of same-sex marriage say they are asking the California Supreme Court to order county clerks to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.