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04/19/2007


Federal Judge Orders Ohio to Recognize Gay Marriages from Other States

As promised on April 4, Judge Timothy Black has issued a 45-page ruling ordering the state of Ohio to recognize same-sex marriage performed elsewhere. Black announced his ruling ahead of time to give the state to prepare an instant appeal.

T_blackThe case was brought by four gay Ohio couples suing to have their marriages recognized on birth certificates:

The couples, all of whom were legally married in other states but have ties to Ohio through their children, or soon-to-be-born children, filed a lawsuit against the state to have their marriages recognized on birth certificates. They stated that being forced to list only one parent is a violation of their rights according to the U.S. Constitution.

Black previously issued a ruling applying only to death certificates.

The Washington Blade adds:

Now that Black has handed down the decision, state officials in Ohio — Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine — are expected to appeal the decision to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The officials may also independently seek a stay of the order requiring the state to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

That would be consistent with actions from other state officials in Kentucky and Tennessee when faced with orders requiring those states to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. The Sixth Circuit already had the distinction of being the only federal appeals court where each of the four states within the circuit — Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky — has a marriage equality case on appeal.

Read the full ruling below:

1:14-cv-00129 #28 by Equality Case Files


Malta Expected to Pass Gay Civil Union Legislation Today

Malta's parliament is expected to pass civil union legislation today, Europe Online reports:

MaltaEfforts to pass the legislation, which has stirred a controversy in recent weeks, see Malta‘s Labour government delivering on a key electoral pledge.

The opposition Nationalist Party is expected to abstain from the vote, primarily because the legislation gives gay couples the right to adopt.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat described the change as a very important moment for Malta.

"This is the essence of equality, the apex of European values. It also shows that with political will, even a conservative society can boldly transform itself," Muscat told dpa.

Malta's population is heavily Catholic and extremely conservative.


Gay Marriage News Watch: Updates from WY, UT, OK, IN, LA, NC, and GA — VIDEO

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AFER's Matt Baume is back with the latest in marriage news reporting on former Republican Senator Alan Simpson's new ad for marriage equality in Wyoming along with new polling numbers. Utah's marriage equality ruling has been appealed, and Oklahoma hearings are coming up on Thursday. A judge in Indiana has ruled the state must recognize a gay couple's marriage. Louisiana poll numbers are improving, while North Carolina's are really improving. And a lawsuit may be coming soon in Georgia.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Virginia AG Mark Herring Joins Court Challenge to State’s Ban on Gay Marriage

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a brief supporting Bostic v. Rainey – the Ted Olson and David Boies-backed challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage that is currently awaiting further ruling in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

Mark herringIn a 79-page brief filed Friday, Herring argued that the Supreme Court has consistently found marriage to be a fundamental right protected by the due process and equal protection clauses of the federal Constitution.

Herring leaned heavily on the 1967 Loving v. Virginia case, in which the Supreme Court overturned Virginia's ban on interracial marriage.

To argue that the framers of the Constitution never envisioned same-sex marriage is of no legal consequence, Herring argued. The Loving case, he said, taught that the Constitution "protects the fundamental right to marry, even if the way in which it is practiced would have surprised the Framers or made them feel uncomfortable."

Virginia's gay-marriage ban was enshrined in a state constitutional amendment in 2006.

"Many good and decent Virginians" undoubtedly voted for the amendment "because of sincerely held religious beliefs that homosexuality is wrong or that gay marriage conflicts with Biblical teachings," Herring argued. "But religion cannot justify state-sponsored discrimination."

 You can read the brief in full, HERE


Nevada Republican Party Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage, Abortion from Party Platform

The Nevada Republican Party, "amid raucous debate" according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, voted to drop opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform:

McdonaldState party Chairman Michael McDonald (pictured) said it was a successful convention at the end of the day.

“I think it was about inclusion, not exclusion,” McDonald said, referring to the platform. “This is where the party is going.”

Republicans who sat on the platform committee said they decided not to deal with social issues this year because the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts have weighed in and it doesn’t make sense for the party of “personal freedom” to have the government or the political party get involved in people’s personal lives.

“The issue was how can we back out of people’s personal lives,” said Dave Hockaday of Lyon County, who sat on the platform committee. “We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact.”

Previously, the state party platform defined marriage as “between a man and a woman,” as does the Nevada Constitution. The past document also described the party as “pro-life,” or against abortion, a stance most Republicans still agree with.

Log Cabin Republicans praised the decision.

Said Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo:

"Once again, our local Log Cabin Republicans members have made a critical difference pushing the GOP toward the right side of history by going where others fear to tread -- or cannot tread because of their party affiliation. The Republican Party is at a crossroads: in a year where the Massachusetts GOP rolled back the clock and added divisive social issues to its platform, the state Republican Party responsible for nominating Sharron Angle in 2010 seems to have finally learned to focus on the issues that truly matter to voters, which will lead to massive Republican wins at the ballot box this fall."


Mike Huckabee Goes After Obama's 'Christian Convictions', Views on Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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As we reported earlier this week, Mike Huckabee is already back in Iowa banging his drum about marriage, and yesterday he brought his campaign to Laura Ingraham.

The hilarious part: Huckabee still seems to think he's running against Obama, and also still thinks marriage is going to be an issue.

Said Huckabee to Ingraham:

"The position that I hold is the position that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden held in 2008. Barack Obama held it until 2012. And the question now that I'd love to pose to the President is this, 'Mr. President, please explain that when you said in 2008 at the Saddleback Church Forum that you stood for traditional marriage and you did so because you were a Christian and because it's what the Bible taught, please answer. Were you lying then, or are you lying now? Or did the Bible get rewritten. I'm just wanting somebody in the press to answer that honest question....He said it was because of his Christian convictions. Does he have them or does he not?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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