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Wisconsin appeals court order lifting same-sex marriage ban, but weddings go on

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Officials in Wisconsin’s two largest counties on Monday reported brisk traffic from same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses after a federal judge’s ruling last week that the state’s ban on gay nuptials was unconstitutional. The steady stream of couples seeking licenses in Milwaukee County and…

Federal judge orders early same sex marriage license for dying Illinois woman

A federal judge ruled on Monday that a terminally ill woman will be allowed to marry her lesbian partner before Illinois same sex marriage law goes into effect on June 1 next year. Under U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin’s order, the Cook County clerk will have to issue the license…

Republican Pennsylvania mayor refuses to officiate same sex wedding ceremonies

New Hope, PA Mayor Larry Keller (R) announced in a letter to the city council that he will not officiate the wedding of two men who were issued a marriage license by a county clerk who called Pennsylvania’s anti-same sex marriage law “arbitrary and suspect.” The New Hope Free Press…

The Unbounded Right To Conscience

The Alliance Defense Fund is seeking to expand Iowa’s ill-conceived conscience clause (now limited to abortion) to county clerks compelled to hand out marriage licenses to gays, because the only way to ensure the proper function of society is to make sure that a certain religious segment of it can…

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