December 29, 2013 |
New Mexico has seen celebrations across the state since its highest court 10 days ago unanimously ruled it was unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to same-sex couples. Not so for the sovereign Navajo Nation, whose borders spill over into the northeast part of the state and where tribal law is clear: Such unions are banned. Some Navajo hope to change that, buoyed by the cultural climate shift underscored when the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Gay marriage is permitted in the District of Columbia and 18 states, the most recent being Utah, although officials there plan to appeal a federal court decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
December 27, 2013 |
How does a game designer ask his gamer girlfriend to marry him? How about with a video game that ends with a wedding proposal? Robert Fink, a video game artist, teamed up with a few of his friends to develop "Knight Man: A Quest For Love," a video game that proposes to his girlfriend Angel White after she completes an obstacle course. The game is online and available for all to play . "The first thought in my head when I saw her was, 'She's beautiful...and she plays video games...
December 26, 2013 |
Utah officials plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court as early as Thursday to stop same-sex marriages in their state, a last-ditch effort to halt the parade of weddings since a federal judge struck down the state's ban on such unions. The state's petition would go to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has jurisdiction over cases coming from Utah and neighboring states. She could either decide the issue herself or refer it to her colleagues. If she denies the state's request, Utah officials could ask the full court to consider it. There's no deadline for the justices to make a decision, but they typically act quickly on such requests.
December 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- It will likely be several days before Utah asks the U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages in the state, the Utah attorney general's office said Thursday. The state had been expected to file a petition with the court as early as Thursday in a last-ditch effort to halt the weddings that have occurred since a federal judge struck down the state's ban on such unions last week. But the attorney general's website posted a notice that said outside lawyers need to be consulted before filing.
December 24, 2013 |
Determined to reinstate its anti-gay marriage law, Utah officials said Tuesday they would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court "as soon as possible" after an appellate court refused to grant an emergency stay of a lower court ruling. U.S. District Judge Richard Shelby invalidated Utah's law last week and refused to suspend his decision. On Tuesday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state's plea for an emergency stay. A spokesman for the Utah attorney general's office told the Los Angeles Times that his office is disappointed.
December 24, 2013
Re "Methodist pastor defrocked," Dec. 20 I write in defense of the defrocked minister, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who officiated at the marriage of his gay son. As a fellow Methodist minister in a denomination that has led the charge on so many civil rights issues, I am ashamed. Many states now recognize same sex-marriages, and yet the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline still says that the practice of homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching. " This doesn't reflect the thinking of most Methodists in the Western U.S., the upper Midwest or the Northeast.
December 23, 2013 |
Same-sex marriage is picking up steam in the courts. A federal judge ordered Ohio on Monday to recognize gay marriages on death certificates, but used broad language that could be cited to mount a broader challenge to the law barring such unions. It was the third judicial decision in the last week favoring same-sex marriage rights. In Utah, a federal judge struck down a gay marriage ban Friday and refused to suspend his decision Monday. A federal appellate court also rejected Utah's plea to put his ruling on hold.
December 22, 2013 |
Same-sex marriage will survive in Utah for at least another day. A federal appeals court denied Utah officials' request Sunday to immediately halt same-sex marriages in the state, which began after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Utah's ban. Shelby's decision Friday stunned conservative Utah and prompted a flurry of same-sex weddings. The state had sought a kind of emergency Band-Aid to stop the marriages. Shelby, an appointee of President Obama, ruled that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
December 21, 2013 |
Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge of Salt Lake City didn't know they were going to get married on Friday. They didn't even have the time to tell anyone. Wood was so frazzled she almost forgot to grab her driver's license before heading to the Salt Lake County clerk's office. The couple, plaintiffs in a Utah court case seeking to end the state's ban on same-sex marriage, were in shock when they heard the news Friday that U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby had struck down that very law, which was put in place by Utah voters in 2004.
December 20, 2013 |
A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, making the state where the powerful Mormon Church has fought gay marriage the latest front in the legal battle over marriage rights. In a 53-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby held that Utah's law passed by voters in 2004 violates the federal right of gay and lesbian couples to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. “The state's current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason,” Shelby wrote.