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Law firms flock to same-sex marriage proponents, while shunning conservatives

By Joan Biskupic (Reuters) – As U.S. lawsuits seeking gay-marriage rights move toward a likely showdown at the Supreme Court next year, major law firms are rushing to get involved — but only on the side of the proponents. A Reuters review of more than 100 court filings during the…

Federal judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, the latest in a series of court decisions across the nation determining gay couples’ rights to wed. The ruling makes Pennsylvania the 19th U.S. state to allow gay marriage in a trend that has…

Federal judge denies Idaho governor’s bid to stay same-sex marriage ruling

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A federal judge who struck down Idaho’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional denied a bid by the conservative state’s governor on Wednesday for a stay of the decision while Idaho pursues an appeal of the case. The governor, Republican C.L. “Butch” Otter,…

Indiana must recognize a terminally ill woman’s same-sex marriage: judge

(Reuters) – Indiana must recognize immediately a terminally ill gay woman’s marriage to her partner in Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Richard Young entered a temporary restraining order that requires the state to recognize the August 2013 marriage of Amy Sandler and her ailing spouse,…

Same-sex marriage to become legal in UK at midnight

The countdown began on Friday to the moment at midnight when same-sex marriage becomes law in England and Wales, the final stage in the long fight for equality for gay men and lesbians. Several couples are vying to make history by saying “I do” in the first few minutes of…

Thirteen people sue Indiana over law banning recognition of same-sex marriages

(Reuters) – Thirteen people filed a lawsuit on Friday urging a federal judge to overturn an Indiana law that bans gay marriage or recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, arguing that it violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit filed in Indianapolis federal court is the second challenge…

Same-sex couples ask judge to order Utah to recognize their marriages

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – Lawyers for four same-sex couples who wed in Utah while a ban on gay marriage was briefly lifted urged a U.S. judge on Wednesday to force the conservative, heavily Mormon state to recognize their nuptials while the legal battle over marriage plays…

Four same-sex couples challenge Wyoming’s marriage ban

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) – Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging on constitutional grounds Wyoming’s ban on gay marriage, a gay advocacy group said, following a recent string of court decisions striking down similar restrictions. The couples argue the Western state’s marriage restrictions and its refusal…

Republicans in Western states tell appeals court: Bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) – Republicans from Western states are expected on Tuesday to urge a U.S. appeals court to rule state bans on gay marriage unconstitutional, an aide said, citing shifts in the cultural standpoints of some conservatives in a broad national debate. Former U.S. senators Alan Simpson…

Ross Douthat looks at gay marriage and wonders what’s love got to do with it

That it’s only the thrill Of boy meeting girl Opposites attract - What’s Love Got To Do With It (Britten,Lyle) Ross Douthat is sad. And disheartened. And much like Lili von Schtupp: everything below the waist is probably ‘kaput’, based upon the historical record. Ross concedes that the gays have…

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