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On Thursday, a Pennsylvania judge ordered a suburban Philadelphia court clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini said Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes did not have the power to decide whether Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution.
Hanes said he was disappointed.
It was not immediately clear what the decision will mean for the 174 couples who obtained licenses.
A 1996 state law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Via Huffington Post.
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On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend’s same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience that growing acceptance of gay marriage reflects the “genius” of the U.S. Constitution.
Justice Ginsburg said equality has always been central to the Constitution, even if society has only applied it to minorities over time.
Justice Ginsburg, the second woman named to the high court, has now served for 20 years and leads the court’s liberal minority. Her increasingly candid and forceful writing, has attracted ardent fans.
Justice Ginsburg gave no hint she would wind down her judicial career anytime soon.
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Ken “Cooch” Cuccinelli, the candidate for Governor of Virginia, recently said that LGBT people are soulless and “self-destructive.”
If Cooch wins, he’d be leading one of our nation’s most critical swing states. Even worse, a Cooch victory would send a message to both parties for the 2014 elections that voters don’t care that much about equality. We can’t let that happen.
That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is putting organizers on the ground in crucial Virginia districts and mobilizing tens of thousands of HRC supporters in the state. We need to make a statement at the ballot box. Join HRC to help expand equality across the country.
Here’s the thing about Cooch: he’s not alone. Elected officials across the country share his views, and they’re working every day to end or gut hard-fought protections for LGBT Americans.
Laws can be undone in a heartbeat. It took years to win thirteen states with marriage equality and a DOMA-free country. We can’t afford to turn back the clock.
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After North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, opponents began to explore their next options.
North Carolina voted to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited. Supporters said the amendment was needed to ward off legal challenges.
Voters approved the amendment by a 61% to 39% margin.
The amendment alters the constitution to say that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.”
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With Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature, marriage equality will become law in Maryland. Maryland will be the eighth state to enact such a law.
In just three weeks, following a major court victory against Proposition 8, marriage equality bills have passed in Washington, New Jersey, and now Maryland.
Despite New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s heartbreaking veto, the legislature’s pro-equality vote marked a powerful moment in this years-long battle.
These victories are exhilarating, but they are not accidents. All of these gains are the result of years of working together to elect fair-minded candidates and placing organizers on the ground to build support for these bills.
Join thousands around the country in congratulating Maryland on this remarkable moment.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed.
The General Assembly passed the measure Thursday. The Senate approved it Monday. Lawmakers have until the legislative session ends in January 2014 to override the veto.
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This morning, the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 that Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
It’s the first time that a federal appeals court has struck down a statewide ban on marriage for same-sex couples.
The court’s opinion affirmed arguments made by Equality California’s amicus brief:
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.
Thousands of California couples and families have been denied a chance to make the same commitment in marriage that other couples treasure. Today’s ruling has moved one step closer to restoring the freedom to marry in California.
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