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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…

Majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage — up from 32 percent in 2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released on Wednesday. The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

State lawyers don’t have to defend same-sex marriage bans: Holder

The United States’ top law enforcement official has launched into the divisive gay marriage debate by telling a newspaper his state counterparts do not have to defend laws and bans in court that they think are discriminatory. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments to the New York Times came after…

Indiana moves closer to constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

The Indiana Senate on Monday approved a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage but more steps are required before it goes to voters in 2016. The Indiana Senate approved the proposed ban by a vote of 32-17, following approval in the House of Representatives last…

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