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6th Circuit Grants Temporary Stay On Michigan Marriages

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 6:26 PM March 22, 2014
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The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a stay on same-sex marriages until Wednesday in order to evaluate the states request for an appeal.

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Washtenaw County Michigan Will Issue Marriage Licenses At 9:00 A.M.

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:12 PM March 21, 2014
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Barring a restraining order, there will be married couples in Michigan by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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Michigan County Clerks Are Choosing Up Sides Ahead Of Marriage Decision

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:06 PM March 13, 2014
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Michigan county clerks are choosing up sides: Obey a court ruling to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, or the attorney general’s order not to?

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Outside Groups Try To Influence The Oklahoma And Utah Marriage Appeals

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:27 PM March 11, 2014
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Read some of the arguments being sent to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before they hear arguments on marriage equality in Oklahoma and Utah.

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Now You’re Married, Now You’re Not

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:52 PM February 14, 2014
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Tea Party Senators have introduced a bill that would strip marriage benefits from any couple living in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage.

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Our Wizard Behind The Equality Curtain

by Derek Penton ● 10:09 AM January 19, 2014
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Derek Penton, the plaintiff in a lawsuit to require Louisiana to recognize his marriage, sings the praises of the lawyer representing him and his partner.

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14 LGBT Resolutions for 2014

by Guest Author ● 2:07 PM December 31, 2013
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Editor’s note – this guest post comes from Anna Aagenes, Executive Director of GO! (Generation Out) Athletes, and was originally posted on her website. My thanks to Anna for allowing us to share her wise words here.

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On Our Radar – An Overdue Thank You To Pamela Karlan

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:44 AM December 29, 2013
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A genuine hero of the fight for marriage equality is leaving to champion voter rights. Let’s take a moment to say thank you and wish her well. Today, Pamela Karlan is On Our Radar.

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And At The Buzzer, It’s Chuck Hagel – 6, Homophobic States – 0

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:52 AM December 14, 2013
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When the Pentagon ordered the military extend benefits to same-sex married couples, six states refused. Now, under pressure, all six have agreed to comply.

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Watch: Edie Windsor, Time’s #3 Person Of The Year Talks About Living With And Loving Her Wife

by David Badash ● 5:21 PM December 11, 2013
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For their Person of the Year feature, Time’s deputy photo editor Paul Moakley created this beautiful, heart-warming video from photos Edie and Thea took of their lives together.

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Jury Sends A Message On Marriage Equality And Fines Gay Couple One Cent

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:18 PM November 27, 2013
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A Kentucky jury found a gay couple who refused to leave a county clerk’s office without a marriage license guilty, then fined them a penny for their crime.

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Bills To Repeal State’s ‘DOMA’ Amendment Introduced In Virginia House And Senate

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:49 AM November 20, 2013
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Nearly identical bills aimed at repealing the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage have been introduced into the Virginia House and Senate.

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Oregon Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages From Other States

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:15 PM October 21, 2013
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The Oregon Department of Justice has ruled state agencies must recognize same-sex marriages from marriage equality states, effective immediately.

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Same-Sex Couples Plan To Marry Today In Michigan

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:01 AM October 16, 2013
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It could be a wild ride in Michigan today if a federal court rules in favor of marriage equality as expected. Couples are ready to marry in the short window before an appeal puts the ruling on hold.