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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.

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Supreme Court ignores gay-marriage cases, for now

WASHINGTON DC -- Gay marriage will not immediately be on the docket at the U.S. Supreme Court this term after the nine justices failed to take up any of the five cases that have been appealed to the nation's high court.

The justices met Monday in closed session to choose which cases to deliberate in the term that begins next week. They could have picked one of the gay marriage cases, some of them, all of them or none of them.

The cases involved Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

News analysis: Fourth Circuit's "strict scrutiny" opinion on gay marriage is huge

Today's opinion by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a lower court's ruling that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional just may be a bigger deal than the one by the Tenth Circuit in the Utah and Oklahoma cases.