same-sex marriage

The Two-Way
4:47 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Federal Judge Orders Ala. Official To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in 2006.
Rob Carr AP

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 7:22 pm

A battle between Alabama and the federal judiciary just turned another page, when a federal judge on Thursday ordered a state official to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Reuters reports:

"U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade's order sought to clarify that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis should follow her directive, and not a contravening order from Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore that has led many state judges to refrain from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. "

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Around the Nation
5:33 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

After Ruling, Alabama Faces Hodgepodge Of Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

Gay rights advocates have asked a federal court to order probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, some couples staged a sit-in, of sorts, outside the Mobile County courthouse.

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The Two-Way
5:01 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

The Rev. Charles Perry of Unity Church, in Birmingham, Ala., marries Curtis Stephens, center, and his partner of 30 years, Pat Helms, Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the marriages in the state.
Hal Yeager AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 7:59 am

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to step in and stop gay marriages from taking place in Alabama. The move sent the strongest signal to date that the justices are on the verge of legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Within hours of the high-court ruling, same-sex marriages began taking place in Alabama, despite an eleventh-hour show of defiance by the state's chief justice.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Alabama Courts Issue First Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Shante Wolfe (left) and Tori Sisson camped outside the Montgomery County Courthouse on Sunday.
Brynn Anderson AP

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 3:15 pm

Alabama has become the 37th state to recognize same-sex marriage, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request that would have extended the state's ban Monday. But the state's chief justice says probate courts don't have to follow federal rulings on the issue.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET: Supreme Court Rejects State's Request

Expressing regret at the Supreme Court's decision, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says it will probably bring more confusion and will keep him "from enforcing Alabama's laws against same-sex marriage."

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Alabama Chief Justice: Federal Courts Don't Hold Sway On Marriage

Robert Bate of Birmingham holds signs endorsing same-sex marriage outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., Monday. On Tuesday, the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court said federal courts are overstepping their jurisdiction in deciding cases about the issue.
Tamika Moore AL.com/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 7:10 pm

Days after a federal judge in Alabama ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who want their marriage recognized, the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court has sent a letter telling the governor that federal courts don't have jurisdiction over what constitutes a marriage in Alabama.

Chief Justice Roy Moore said that Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade "has raised serious, legitimate concerns about the propriety of federal court jurisdiction over the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment."

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The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage This Term

Jayne Rowse (left) speaks as April DeBoer kisses her during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., on March 21, 2014. An appellate court upheld Michigan's — and three other states' — bans on gay marriage. The Supreme Court said Friday it will review the appellate court's decision. DeBoer and Rowse are the Michigan couple in the case.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:17 pm

Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide on gay marriage this term.

The justices said today they will review an appellate court's decision to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky. The four states are among 14 that ban same-sex marriage.

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Law
5:49 am
Sun November 23, 2014

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham got married in California, but lives in Mississippi. Now she wants her home state to recognize her same-sex marriage so she can get divorced.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

In 2008, Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham traveled with her then-partner from their home in Mississippi to San Francisco, a few months after gay marriage became legal in California. They'd been together for about a year and a half before they decided to get married.

After the ceremony, they went back to Mississippi, where they lived together. Then a year later, they decided to split up. The state of Mississippi doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, however, so they couldn't get a divorce there.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Supporters of Keystone XL Pipeline Come Up Short by One Vote

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the Keystone XL pipeline bill which failed in the U.S. Senate.

Also discussed in this episode are measures being considered for the state Senate to create a $5 billion bond for education and to allow Oklahomans to register to vote online, as well as a new poll on same sex marriage and freshmen lawmakers taking the oath of office.

Local News
8:26 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Headlines: Same-Sex Marriage, Initiative Petitions & Keystone XL Pipeline

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 17, 2014:

  • Despite changes nationally on support of same sex marriage, a new survey shows Oklahomans still oppose any marriage equality. A poll from The Tulsa World shows 52% of the 404 likely voters strongly oppose gay marriage and ten percent somewhat oppose it.
     
  • Oklahomans hoping to add an initiative on state ballot for voters to decide often face an uphill battle. The Oklahoman breaks down the difficulty faced by many petitioners in the initiative process. Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill in June which sought to clarify the initiative referendum process.
     
  • Oklahoma leaders are praising the renewed momentum in Congress of the Keystone XL pipeline, despite there being little impact on our state. The Associated Press reports construction of the Oklahoma portion of the pipeline bringing Canadian oil to Cushing is already complete. The bill is heading to the Senate after passing the House last week.
The Two-Way
11:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Court Rules Against Missouri's Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:27 pm

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, adding to an already confusing mix of contradictory decisions that is sure to propel the issue to the Supreme Court.

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