same-sex marriage

Supreme Court halts gay marriages in Utah

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court decided today to issue a stay requested by the State of Utah to halt same-gender marriages in that state, pending an appeal.

The brief written order did not give an explanation for why the nation's high court issued the stay.

HRC blasts Utah for wasting taxpayer millions

WASHINGTON -- After the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that they would be continuing their appeal of a federal judge’s decision allowing marriage for lesbian and gay couples, the Human Rights Campaign condemned the move as an enormous waste of taxpayer dollars.

Providing no other details, the AG's Office said they will bring in outside counsel at the expense of taxpayers.

Australia: High court voids ACT law granting marriage equality

The Australia High Court on Thursday morning [it's already tomorrow Down Under] struck down a new law that permitted marriage for gay and lesbian couples who wed in the Australian Capital Territory, aka ACT.

Marriages began on Saturday in ACT, and more than two dozen couples took advantage of the law ahead of the high court ruling. Thursday's decision nullifies those marriages and sets up potential lawsuits against the government.

Did the Hawaii Senate approve marriage-equality bill today?

HONOLULU -- The Democratic-controlled Hawaii Senate voted 19-4 today to pass an amended version of SB 1, the marriage bill the upper chamber had recently approved. Three Senators were not present.

The Hawaii House voted 30-19 on Friday night to pass SB 1, after another marathon session marked by parliamentary rules challenges, abrupt recesses, and the introductions of a series of amendments by several anti-gay lawmakers that had no chance of passage. The House tweaked SB 1, which is why the bill was sent back to the Senate for a re-vote.

Did Hawaii Senate advance marriage bill today?

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Did the Hawaii Senate pass SB1, the bill that would approve same-gender marriage in the Aloha State?

Will the Hawaii House take a vote?

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Two same-gender couples sue Texas for right to marry

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A gay couple and a lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit on Monday for the right to marry in Texas, which bans marriage equality.

Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes, and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, are the plaintiffs in the case filed in San Antonio by the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. According to mysanantonio.com:

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Hawaii resumes marriage debate in special session today

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HONOLULU -- Hawaii returns to the marriage-equality debate today when lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a special session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who wants gay and lesbian couples to have the right to marry.

Mass gay wedding planned in Australia ahead of court fight

CANBERRA, Australia -- Gay and lesbian couples are planning to join in on a mass same-gender marriage ceremony on Dec. 7 as the Australian government plans a court fight to stop the nuptials.

ACT, the territory encompassing the nation's capital of Canberra, legalized marriage equality this week and the new law was immediately challenged to the High Court of Australia.

Today, the High Court resisted government efforts to expedite the case and adjourned the matter until Nov. 4. Australian media are reporting that hearing now are most likely to be set in early December.

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New Mexico Supreme Court to hear marriage case on Wednesday

SANTA FE, N.M. -- With New Jersey now in the fold as the 14th state to embrace marriage equality, the nation’s attention is swiftly shifting to New Mexico where the state Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear oral arguments on same-gender marriage.

New Mexico is the only U.S. state that has not taken a legal stance on marriage equality. The state Constitution doesn’t address the issue, and Legislature has failed in several attempts since 2008 to pass legislation involving civil unions, domestic partnerships and marriage equality.

Australian Capital Territory OKs marriage equality

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Capital Territory -- Australia's version of the District of Columbia in the U.S. -- on Tuesday made history as the first place in Australia to embrace marriage equality.

The ACT comprises Australia's capital of Canberra and 910 square miles of surrounding land with a population of about 360,000. The Australian state of New South Wales surrounds ACT.

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