U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a same-sex couple challenging a Michigan law that prevents them from adopting each other’s children.
WASHINGTON – In a ruling that will have an immediate effect on more than 1,000 federal laws and programs, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, holding that the law prohibiting recognition of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages for federal purposes unconstitutionally violates equal protection principles.
The state was required to issue a birth certificate naming a mother’s same-sex spouse as the parent of a child born during the marriage, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled in affirming judgment.
WASHINGTON – During heated arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the justices verbally tussled with attorneys arguing over the law’s constitutionality — but also hinted that the case could have a surprise ending.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and other justices pointed out the lack of data and other evidence on the effects of same-sex marriage, which has been legal in only a few places in the country for a short time, and questioned if certiorari was granted too early.
In another attempt to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, the Senate passed a bill and sent it to the House for consideration.
Published: December 18, 2012
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A man’s same-sex marriage did not automatically invalidate his waiver of spousal property rights under a prior domestic partnership agreement, the California Court of Appeal has ruled in affirming judgment.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether California’s Proposition 8, the voter approved referendum banning same-sex marriage, violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in a challenge to the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but also hinted that the case could be decided on procedural grounds without reaching the merits.
Three more states legalized same-sex marriage on Election Day, bringing the total number of jurisdictions nationwide recognizing it to double digits.