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U.S. Supreme Court asked to review Louisiana marriage case

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- Several same-sex Louisiana couples today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review September’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s discriminatory marriage ban.

Lambda Legal and the lawyers with Forum for Equality Louisiana, representing the plaintiffs, are seeking U.S. Supreme Court review in advance of the hearing in the case, Robicheaux v. Caldwell, before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled for January.

The state of gay marriage in the U.S.

With gay marriage now legal in South Carolina and Montana, there are now only 15 states in the United States that are maintaining a ban on same-sex marriages.

Lawsuits have been filed in all 15 of those states, and the cases are at various states of litigation.

It should be noted that anti-gay Republican leaders in Alaska, Idaho, Kansas and North Carolina are spending taxpayer money trying to overturn rulings that got rid of the bans in their states.

The remaining 15 states and their status are:

Alaska spends $100k defending gay-marriage lawsuit

The cost of defending Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage has reached into six figures.

According to the Department of Law, the state spent $103,231.78 through the end of October to defend Hamby v. Parnell, the lawsuit that overturned Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, who brought the suit in May, have asked for $258,938.40 in fees from the state. Since the plaintiffs prevailed, they can appeal to court for reasonable fees and expenses. If awarded those fees, that could mean the state would pay upward of $361,000 in total.

Gay weddings begin in Montana

MISSOULA, Montana -- They waited 18 years to legally declare their commitment to one another, but on Thursday morning that wait ended.

Amid cheers from well-wishers, family and friends, Leslie Burgess and Serena Early became the first same-sex Missoula couple to marry.

Cheers rang out, echoing in the marble rotunda of the Missoula County Courthouse, as Burgess and Early sealed their vows with a kiss.

Supreme Court denies stay, so gay marriage is officially on in South Carolina

WASHINGTON DC -- The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a motion to stay gay marriage in South Carolina.

In a brief order posted today on its website, the high court wrote:

The application for stay presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is denied.

Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas would grant the application for stay.

BREAKING! Montana gay-marriage ban struck down

District Court Judge Brian Morris on Wednesday ruled that Montana’s ban limiting marriage to between a man and a woman is unconstitutional, the Billings Gazette reports.

Activists: Don't exclude LGBT immigrants from affirmative relief

WASHINGTON, DC – LGBT and civil rights organizations strongly urge President Barack Obama not to exclude long-resident LGBT individuals from the forthcoming program of administrative relief to protect from deportation some of the nation’s population.

Arkansas Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – The Arkansas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state’s gay marriage ban on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The oral arguments are scheduled to begin at 9 am, according to a spokesperson for the Arkansas Supreme Court.

After arguments end, opinions on the case are typically issued within a few weeks. With this case, an official opinion is expected to come within four or five weeks after arguments end, the spokesperson said.

The shocking reason NOM doesn't want you to see their financial report

WASHINGTON DC – A white-hot spotlight focused on the issue of same-sex marriage over the last few years hasn’t translated into financial success for an organization whose self-proclaimed sole purpose is to “protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.”

In a time when virtually every nightly newscast, political debate, even television series delves into discussions about marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, the beleaguered antigay hate group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) can’t seem to raise enough money to cover its expenses.

First same-sex marriage solemnized today in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Same-sex marriages began about noon today in South Carolina, amid a desperate attempt by the State to get the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay.

Charleston residents Kristin Anderson and Kayla Bennett are believed to be the first same-sex couple to marry in South Carolina. Tobin Williamson officiated the wedding in front of the Charleston County Courthouse, according to the Associated Press. The women have been a couple for four years.

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