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6th Circuit upholds marriage laws in four states

Marriage | The ruling could entice the U.S. Supreme Court to finally weigh in on the issue
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/06/14, 05:00 pm

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of laws protecting marriage between one man and one woman in four states, the first in the country to do so. 

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Missouri loses first round in marriage fight

Marriage
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/05/14, 05:45 pm

A Missouri judge has overturned the state’s laws protecting marriage between one man and one woman, paving the way for gay unions to become legal. 

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled the state’s 2004 constitutional amendment, approved by 71 percent of the state’s voters, violated the U.S. Constitution. In a similar ruling earlier this year, another judge ordered the state to recognize same-sex unions conducted in other states. 

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Judge rules Kansas must allow gay marriage while lawsuit pending

Marriage
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/04/14, 05:00 pm

A federal judge has ruled that Kansas must allow same-sex couples to marry while the courts consider a lawsuit against the state’s constitutional definition of marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of two same-sex couples who sought marriage licenses in Kansas after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that similar laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman in other states were unconstitutional. That ruling went into effect after the Supreme Court in October refused to hear appeals of the issue from multiple circuits across the country. 

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