January 14, 2014 |
A federal judge in Tulsa struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday but suspended his decision while it's appealed to higher courts. The ruling is the latest in a series of legal victories for same-sex marriage proponents around the country. U.S. District Judge Terence Kern's ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed in 2004, the same year Oklahoma passed its constitutional amendment with 76% of voters in favor of banning same-sex marriage. Kern's ruling said Oklahoma's ban violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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January 13, 2014 |
When retired Methodist bishop Jack Tuell was asked how he changed his mind on issues of gay ordination and gay marriage, he explained it simply: "I changed my mind when I changed my heart. " But the answer was more complicated. Tuell, 90, a prominent clergyman who emerged late in life as an eloquent voice for change in his church's views of homosexuality, died Friday at the Wesley Homes Health Center in Des Moines, Wash. He had been in failing health for several years, his daughter Cynthia Tuell said.
January 10, 2014 |
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday that the federal government would recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place in Utah over the past three weeks, two days after Utah announced it did not consider the marriages to be legal. Holder's announcement left some 1,300 couples who rushed to marry after a federal District Court ruling on Dec. 20 in complicated legal limbo, with their marriages deemed valid for federal tax purposes but not for state taxes. “I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said in a videotaped statement.
January 9, 2014 |
Breaking up is hard to do - especially in the U.S., where the family courts can exacerbate the emotional ordeal by throwing highway robbery and gross miscarriage of justice into the bargain. That's the argument driving "Divorce Corp.," an advocacy documentary that presents its case with less thoroughness than clarity. If first-timer Joe Sorge's filmmaking has a boilerplate feel and an unfortunate reliance on reenactments, beneath the infomercial surface is a cry for reform fueled by keen observations about contemporary American capitalism.
January 8, 2014 |
Same-sex marriage lasted in Utah for about 2 1/2 weeks. On Wednesday, the Utah governor's office directed state agencies to ignore the hundreds of gay marriages that were performed in the state after a federal judge struck down the state's ban Dec. 20. The move -- which has significant implications for Utah couples seeking to file joint tax returns or join their spouses' healthcare plans -- comes two days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted...
January 7, 2014 |
After a federal district judge in Utah struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage and refused to stay his ruling, the state asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put the decision on hold. The court obliged. This shouldn't come as a surprise. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby's decision was a plausible extrapolation of the reasoning in last June's Supreme Court decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. But it relied less on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's majority opinion - which was notoriously murky - than on a doomsaying dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia.
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.
January 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the state law banning the practice violates the Constitution. The unsigned, one-paragraph order did not spell out the court's reasoning in the case -- orders that put lower-court decisions on hold frequently do not do so. The order did not indicate any dissents. The decision will block further same-sex marriages in Utah for at least several weeks.
January 3, 2014 |
Cindy Chupack has built a career chronicling single life as a writer for TV shows such as "Sex and the City," in relationship columns for Glamour and O magazine and in her collection of essays, "The Between Boyfriends Book. " Now she's turned her comedic gaze to the sometimes difficult subjects of marriage, domesticity and infertility with "The Longest Date: Life as a Wife" (Viking: 224 pp., $26.95). "My favorite line in the book would have to be 'Happily ever after is the epitome of lazy writing,'" Chupack says.