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Federal judge strikes down gay marriage ban in Guam

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam has become the first U.S. territory to recognize gay marriage after a federal judge struck down the prohibition.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood issued the decision after a hearing Friday morning local time. It goes into effect at 8 a.m. Monday, when gay couples can begin applying for marriage licenses, the Pacific Daily News reported.

Attorneys representing the government of Guam said in a May 18 court document that "should a court strike current Guam law, they would respect and follow such a decision."

Ireland's gay marriage vote: 5 things to know

DUBLIN - Ireland is about to hold a referendum on whether same-sex marriage should be legal — and the traditionally Catholic stronghold could buck the Church.

Irish voters are being asked whether to approve a constitutional change that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples. Here are five things you need to know:

1. It's a public vote. Eighteen countries, mostly in Europe, permit gay marriages but all approved same-sex marriage through legislation or the courts. Ireland would be the first to do so in a national referendum.

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BREAKING! Lawyers file briefs, show confidence of marriage victory at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON DC – Lawyers for gay and lesbian couples from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee filed opening briefs today in the historic marriage cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, and later sounded very confident of victory during a national conference call with the media.

BREAKING! SCOTUS to review taking marriage cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee

WASHINGTON DC -- The U.S. Supreme Court indicated today that it would consider hearing the same-sex marriage cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee during its private conference set for Friday, Jan. 16.

Most court observers believe that the justices will take up the marriage issue this term, which concludes at the end of June.

The court's decision on whether to take up any marriage cases could be announced later on Friday, but more likely first thing on Monday morning.

Earlier today, the high court released its orders and none of the marriage cases were on the docket.

BREAKING! Sixth Circuit lets stand gay-marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- For the first time at the appellate court level, gay marriage bans have been upheld in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, setting up a potential landmark ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court.

With no chance in hell, Idaho's anti-gay governor tries to stop the gays from marrying

BOISE, Idaho -- Gov. Butch Otter is staking out claim as the nation's most homophobic state leader, today declaring that he will try to stop gay and lesbian couples from continuing to marry in the Gem State.

Idaho failed to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay that would have halted gay marriages in that state, so the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved its temporary stay and allowed gay weddings to resume a week ago.

Alaska, Idaho, Nevada and allegations the Ninth Circuit is biased toward gay marriage

SAN FRANCISCO, California - Alaska's Republican Attorney General Michael C. Geraghty late Monday filed an appeal of Sunday's gay-marriage ruling with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As same-sex couples began marrying in Barrow, Alaska, the AG also asked for an emergency motion for a stay pending the appeal.

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Act of love: Straight community rallies to re-do the gay wedding marred by homophobic slurs

CORONADO, California -- Coronado -- or “The Island,” as some locals call it -- is usually a place to unwind, celebrate and feel welcomed. Beautiful beaches, locally owned businesses and historic landmarks give Coronado the unmistakable feel of a relaxed island community, New England-style. But that was not the case for Arizona couple Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson on their wedding day, so a group of four women vowed to find out why and try to make it right on behalf of the entire community.

Seventh Circuit mandates gay marriage for Indiana

CHICAGO, Illinois -- The day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the gay-marriage ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the appellate court today issued the Baskin mandate ordering Indiana to legalize same-sex marriage. This is a mere formality, but a necessary legal move to ensure that the red state follows the law.

The mandate can be viewed below, courtesy of Lambda Legal, a litigant for plaintiffs in the Baskin case.

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Keep a sharp eye on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals gay-marriage cases

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- The always controversial, deeply conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will soon take up gay-marriage cases out of Texas and Louisiana, where two district judges came up with diabolically opposite rulings.