October 16, 2013 |
A federal judge in Michigan who had been expected to rule on the state's ban on same-sex marriage decided instead to hold a trial on the issue. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said Wednesday he would not make a decision without hearing testimony. He set a trial for Feb. 25. "I'm in the middle. I have to decide this as a matter of law. I intend to do so," Friedman told the parties at a hearing in Detroit, according to a live blog of the court proceedings published by the Detroit Free Press.
October 15, 2013 |
Add North Carolina, part of the nation's traditional Bible Belt, to states trying to figure out how to deal with same-sex marriage following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Drew Reisinger, the Buncombe County register of deeds, has accepted marriage license requests from 10 same-sex couples, but will hold on to the documents until state Atty. Gen. Roy Cooper renders legal advice. North Carolina in 2012 approved an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriages.
October 13, 2013 |
Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis ace who will start Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers on Monday night, will forever have Dec. 13, 2003, etched in his mind, but not just because it was the day he was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Cardinals. “The day I was traded, I was in Gainesville, Ga., sitting on the fireplace asking my future father-in-law for his daughter's hand in marriage, and the phone started ringing,” Wainwright said after the Cardinals, who have a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, worked out in Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
October 12, 2013 |
New Jersey's decade-long battle over same-sex marriage is headed to the state's highest court. The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments in January about whether gay marriage should be legalized. The court's Friday announcement means that a current case on gay marriage will bypass the usual appeal process. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson found last month that a U.S. Supreme Court decision from June compelled the state to begin granting same-sex marriages licenses.
October 7, 2013 |
In the political year 2014, the marquee show will be the battle for control of Congress, with Democrats and Republicans each waging tough fights to seize back control of the House and Senate, respectively. But for sheer pop-some-popcorn-and-sit-back-and-watch entertainment, few contests can measure up to the Republican primary fight in Wyoming, where insurgent Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president and longtime state congressman, is bidding to unseat three-term incumbent Sen. Michael B. Enzi.
October 4, 2013 |
The governor of Pennsylvania compared same-sex marriage to incest, sparking the latest uproar in the state's ongoing battle over whether to allow gays to wed. Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, was interviewed on WHP-TV in Harrisburg, where the anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally wed in the state. "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said in the interview aired on Friday.
September 27, 2013 |
Nearly two out of three Latino Catholics think gay and lesbian couples should be able to legally marry, a new survey shows - even though nearly half think that sex between such couples is wrong. The findings from the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, which surveyed more than 1,500 Latino adults across the country, reveal the sometimes surprising ways that faith shapes opinions about same sex marriage and abortion among Latinos as they become more religiously diverse. Among Latinos, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to support same-sex marriage and legalized abortion, the survey showed.
September 25, 2013 |
That's one way to make a presidential endorsement: George H.W. Bush was a witness to a same-sex marriage in Maine over the weekend. A photo posted on Facebook by one of the brides, Helen Thorgalsen, showed the 41st president -- in his wheelchair and a typically eye-grabbing pair of blue and red socks -- signing Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement's marriage license in Kennebunkport. Voters in Maine passed a referendum to legalize gay marriage in...
September 12, 2013 |
Writer-director Kat Coiro follows up her romantic comedy "Life Happens," whose farce hinged on an unplanned pregnancy, with the sober drama "And While We Were Here," whose central conflict stems from a miscarriage. "Life's" Kate Bosworth stars as Jane, an uptight writer who dresses kind of frumpily for someone who claims to be the party and fashion reporter for Town & Country U.K. She accompanies her musician husband Leonard (Iddo Goldberg) on a business trip to Naples, where she intends to finish transcribing her grandmother's life story.
September 4, 2013 |
A Pennsylvania court will consider whether a local clerk in the suburbs of Philadelphia acted properly in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after he decided that he had to do so in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. D. Bruce Hanes, Montgomery County's register of wills, who also issues marriage licenses as part of his duties as clerk of the county orphans' court, approved...