January 6, 2014 |
Gay marriage advocates in Utah said thousands of lives have been thrown into disarray after the Supreme Court decided to put same-sex marriages on hold in the state while a federal appeals court weighs the legalities of the issue. The high court's ruling came just days after Utah officials filed an emergency appeal of a Dec. 20 decision by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby, who ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage violated the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples.
May 26, 1989 |
The Danish Parliament voted by a 2-1 margin today to legalize homosexual marriages, crowning a 40-year campaign by the country's gay community and reaffirming Denmark's liberal reputation. "This represents a great step forward for gays and lesbians in Denmark," said Bent Hansen, secretary of the National Assn. of Gays and Lesbians. "Our association has been fighting to get this law passed since it was founded in 1948." Only Sweden has passed similar legislation. It gave homosexual couples almost the same rights as those of married heterosexuals last year.
May 19, 2004 |
Gov. Mitt Romney's administration demanded copies of all marriage-license applications filled out by gay couples in Provincetown and three other cities that openly defied the governor's residency requirement for same-sex marriages. The request may signal the next front in the legal battle over same-sex marriage. Romney, a Republican who opposes gay marriage, previously said he would declare any licenses issued to out-of-state gay couples void.
July 9, 2003 |
British Columbia became the second Canadian province to allow same-sex marriage under a court ruling, and two men were wed afterward in Vancouver. An Ontario court issued a similar ruling last month, leading to more than 250 same-sex couples obtaining licenses to marry in Toronto. A British Columbia court earlier ruled in favor of same-sex marriages but gave the federal government a year to draft a law redefining marriage.
June 25, 1997 |
Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster said he will sign a bill making Louisiana the first state to establish optional marriage contracts requiring premarital counseling and making it harder to get a divorce. To get out of such a contract, called a "covenant marriage," a spouse would have to prove physical or sexual abuse, abandonment, adultery or alcoholism, or the couple could live apart for at least two years.
November 13, 2003 |
America's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a statement Wednesday that urged states to withhold recognition of same-sex marriages. The bishops said they did not intend to offend homosexuals, and they called discrimination against gays unjust. But the church leaders said they had an obligation to "give witness to the whole moral truth" and reinforce Catholic teaching that gay sex is a sin.
May 5, 2006 |
The subject of same-sex marriage returned to the state's highest court Thursday as supporters challenged a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Supreme Judicial Court -- the same court that legalized same-sex marriage through a landmark 2003 ruling -- heard arguments on a referendum proposed for the 2008 state ballot. Proponents of same-sex marriage told the court that Atty. Gen.
December 1, 1988 |
Retirement may not bring couples closer together and could damage a shaky marriage, a study says. Retirement has no beneficial effects on the quality of marriages among older people, said Gary Lee, a University of Florida gerontologist and sociology professor. That does not mean retirement is bad, he said, but it indicates that retirement may not add anything to a marriage and certainly will not improve a bad one.
November 29, 1996 |
An Iraqi mother was cited for her part in allegedly forcing her two teenage girls to marry. Salima al Saidy, 33, was cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The girls' father, Salem al Saidy, 39, previously was charged with child abuse. An Iraqi refugee, he has said he was not aware state law requires a minimum marriage age of 18. He was freed on bond and ordered to have no contact with his daughters, 13 and 15. They were placed in foster care with a Muslim family.
November 24, 1999 |
Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer has ordered the name of a March ballot measure to ban same-sex marriages in California changed from "Definition of Marriage" to "Limit on Marriage." Lockyer made his ruling, which affects the measure's title on the ballot and in other official election materials, Tuesday in response to a complaint by opponents that the original title was misleading.