Marriage
Associated Press/Photo by Danny Johnston

Judges fell marriage laws in two Southern states

Marriage
by The Editors
Posted 11/26/14, 11:13 am

Federal judges in Mississippi and Arkansas on Tuesday overturned those states’ laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Both judges put their rulings on hold pending appeal. 

Referendums held in 2004 in both states approved adding the traditional definition of marriage to the states’ constitutions. But Judge Kristine Baker in Arkansas said the law there was discriminatory. 

Read more

©iStockPhoto.com/maximkabb

Pastors: Separate church and civil marriages

Marriage
by Daniel James Devine
Posted 11/21/14, 08:40 am

Dozens of pastors, priests, and other clergy have signed their names to an online pledge renouncing involvement in government-recognized marriages. “The Marriage Pledge,” posted at the website of the Christian journal First Things on Tuesday, calls on church ministers to “separate civil marriage from Christian marriage” and to refuse signing their names to government-issued marriage certificates.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Lisa Baumann

Judge legalizes same-sex marriage in Montana

Marriage
by The Editors
Posted 11/19/14, 05:03 pm

A federal judge struck down Montana’s marriage law today, citing a federal appeals court decision in cases from several other states as his justification.

Montana is part of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose judges recently nullified laws in Idaho and Nevada defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Based on the 9th Circuit’s previous rulings, it seems unlikely an appeal from Montana would have any success.

Read more