same-sex marriage

The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Plantiffs in the suit over Virginia's ban on gay marriage, Emily Schall-Townley (from left), Carol Schall and Mary Townley, after a hearing on May 13.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:34 pm

For the second time this summer, a federal appellate court has voted to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a district court judge's decision that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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23rd & Lincoln
8:40 am
Mon July 21, 2014

A Look at the Decision to Overturn Oklahoma's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

On Friday of last week, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

In this week’s 23rd and Lincoln, The Journal Record’s Marie Price breaks down the decision for us.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol at jrlr.net.

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Local News
11:37 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage in Oklahoma

Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop, who are plaintiffs in a case challenging Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban.
Credit AP Photo / Brennan Linsley

A federal appeals court has ruled for the second time that states cannot prevent gay people from getting married.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday has found a ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma violates the U.S. Constitution. In a Utah case, the court ruled June 25 that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed.

Lower courts struck down Utah and Oklahoma's voter-approved bans in December and January, respectively.

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Law
8:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

A Look At What's Next For Gay Marriage In The US

Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop, who are plaintiffs in a case challenging Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban.
Credit AP Photo / Brennan Linsley

Utah's decision to ask the nation's highest court to review a federal appeals court ruling in favor of gay marriage nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

State officials said Wednesday they plan to ask the justices to review a June 25 ruling from a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found Utah's same-sex marriage ban violates the Constitution. It was the first time an appellate court found a Supreme Court decision last year means states cannot deny gays the right to wed.

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Law
5:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Judge's Ruling in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case May Affect Oklahoma Law

Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop, who are plaintiffs in a case challenging Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban.
Credit AP Photo / Brennan Linsley

Oklahoma may be affected by a ruling today on Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Utah today, saying that the ban goes against the 14th Amendment which guarantees due process and equal protection to every person in every State of the Union.

While an Oklahoma case is still pending, the principle involved in the Utah case applies to other states in the circuit, including Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico.

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Law
4:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling

Peggy Tomsic (center), attorney for three same-sex couples, claps in celebration after the 10th Circuit Court in Denver rejected a same-sex marriage ban in Utah on Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:24 am

A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage Wednesday, paving the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue as soon as next year. The ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was the first by any federal appeals court on the issue to date.

While the ruling struck down the Utah ban, it applies to the other five states in the circuit: New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits

The Obama administration is set to announce expanded federal benefits for same-sex spouses, no matter what state they live in. On Thursday, demonstrators supporting same-sex marriage marched in front of the Supreme Court.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:31 pm

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

The Family Medical Leave Act's benefits will be extend to married same-sex couples in all of the U.S., under a White House announced today. The change comes as the Obama administration alters federal policies to fit the Supreme Court's repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

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Rulings Soon on Same Sex Marriage, Birth Control
8:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

A Couple of Court Decisions From Oklahoma

Oklahomans are keeping a close eye on a couple of court cases being mulled over right now.

In this week’s 23rd & Lincoln, The Journal Record’s Marie Price talks about the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals looking into Same Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court deciding on birth control and Hobby Lobby store.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol JRLR.net.

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Same-Sex Marriage
6:53 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

Saying Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is "arbitrary" and "irrational," a federal judge ruled the ban violated the constitution and it should be struck down.

U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern, however, put a hold on his ruling, pending an appeal. This means gay marriages will not begin immediately in the state.

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