A judge will decide if a Kentucky lesbian couple joined in a 2004 civil union in Vermont will be granted spousal privilege when one of the women faces trial for murder. read more
NEW YORK CITY — Tolerance toward gays and lesbians is growing within the evangelical community — long a stronghold against homosexuality — with many expressing ambivalent views about the issue, according to a Baylor University study. read more
A couple, joined by a civil union, could be torn apart if Kentucky prosecutors have their way. read more
A military judge has dismissed a charge against Chief Petty Officer Sabrina Russell that accused the 31-year-old sailor of an inappropriate relationship with another servicewoman at Naval Station Great Lakes, according to The Chicago Tribune. Show More Summary
I'm getting civil unioned to my girlfriend soon, and I'm wondering, what's the gay wedding invite etiquette? Do I invite people who don't know I'm gay or who I know will be morally against it, just to be polite? On the one hand, it's a convenient way to come out to distant family. Show More Summary
Will Baude reviews a current court case: Last week, I had a post that was skeptical of the claim that current law requires the federal government to recognize state civil unions as marriages. Reading through this brief recently filed by the state of New Jersey, I am no longer so sure. (The brief is a defense of New […]
Via the DOMA Project: Although North Carolina voters passed the infamous anti-gay state constitutional “Amendment 1? in May 2012 that bars The Tar Heel State from recognizing and performing marriages or civil unions of same-sex couples,...Show More Summary
(Will Baude) Last week, I had a post that was skeptical of the claim that current law requires the federal government to recognize state civil unions as marriages. Reading through this brief recently filed by the state of New Jersey, I am no longer so sure. (The brief is a defense of New Jersey’s civil union law [...]
Croatian Public Administration Minister Arsen Bauk has announced that the government will draw up a law recognizing civil unions for same-sex couples. Same-sex couples will enjoy all the rights and responsibilities of any other married...Show More Summary
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration filed a brief last week defending the state’s 2006 Civil Union Act, which grants gay couples all the benefits of marriage yet bars them from actually getting married. The brief is Christie’s first official legal statement on same-sex marriage. Show More Summary
In a legal brief filed with a New Jersey court, state officials make a new legal argument: same-sex couples in civil unions should receive federal marriage benefits.
According to New Jersey officials, civil unions may be unequal for same-sex couples, but that's apparently not the state's fault. The post New Jersey Blames The Federal Government For Its Unequal Civil Unions appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Chris Christie's government has filed a brief in a case challenging the state's civil union law, urging a New Jersey judge to not hastily grant marriage equality, the AP reports: The state says gay rights advocates may be misinterpreting details...
Though gay couples cannot legally be married in Colorado, they can get divorced. On Monday, Juli Yim and Lorelei Jones became the state's first gay couple to get divorced thanks to a recently passed civil unions bill which took effect...
The state's first recognized gay divorced sets a precedent when it comes to civil union laws. read more
Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state without same-sex marriages or civil unions.
(Will Baude) A commenter to my last DOMA/choice-of-law post asks– why not just have federal law recognize all state-law civil unions? Why insist that a legal union be labeled “marriage” to count federally as a marriage? There are two slightly different versions of this question, which in my view have different answers. Version one: Under current law, [...]
Colorado has recognized its first same-sex divorce. Supporters of Colorado’s new civil unions law say the court ruling sets a precedent for gay couples married in other states who want to legally terminate their relationships here without uprooting their lives. Juli Yim and Lorelei Jones wed in Massachusetts in 2009, where same-sex marriage is legal… [...]
More exciting news from JMG readers in Pennsylvania. Via email: "Hi Joe, I have been a reader of your blog since a couple of months after you started it. Me and my partner got a civil union in NJ in 2007 and we just got a marriage license in Montgomery County, PA. Show More Summary
Colombia saw its first legal civil union yesterday. Or maybe it was a marriage. Nobody is sure. The newly legalized couple cheered the ceremony as a marriage, although experts cautioned that a high court ruling that deemed the union legal did not make it the equivalent of marriage. Show More Summary