The Supreme Court has ruled same-sex marriages can begin in Kansas while a lower court considers a case against existing state law. Last week, federal district Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a preliminary injunction against the Kansas constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. A full suit on the case is pending, but Crabtree’s ruling means same-sex couples can receive marriage licenses in the meantime.
A federal judge has declared South Carolina’s marriage laws unconstitutional, overturning a constitutional amendment adopted by voters in 2006.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel stayed his ruling until Nov. 20, giving state Attorney General Alan Wilson time to appeal the ruling. But any appeal likely will fail. South Carolina is part of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has upheld similar rulings in other states. South Carolina was the last state within the circuit to recognize marriage as only between one man and one woman.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has once again stood up for state marriage laws, this time blocking same-sex marriages in Kansas while a lower court judge’s ruling against the law is under appeal. Federal Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled last week that Kansas must allow same-sex marriages while litigation over the issue takes place in federal district court. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has appealed that ruling, and the plaintiffs, who are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, have until 5 p.m. today to respond.
I was studying the photo of a woman holding a pro-gay marriage sign in Alaska and I was noticing that she looks like a sweet little old lady, the kind who would give neighborhood children milk and cookies and show them her collection of paperweights.
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.
Now that a federal court has ruled North Carolina’s law affirming the definition of marriage as the union between a man and a woman unconstitutional, several county magistrates have chosen to resign rather than officiate mock weddings and promote what God calls an abomination.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker officially rescinded controversial subpoenas for five pastors who supported a lawsuit challenging an anti-bias ordinance she supports, but she’s still on the hunt for sermons and emails.
Official court documents warn the mayor’s legal team may request more sermons and private correspondence, this time from two African-American pastors named as plaintiffs in the suit against the city. None of the five subpoenaed pastors were listed as plaintiffs to the lawsuit.