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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Minnesota Gov. Signs Marriage Equality into Law

Months after Minnesota voters declined to enshrine a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution, Gov. Mark Dayton today signed a bill that permits gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot. “What a difference a year and an election can make in our state,” Dayton said at the signing. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness should certainly include the right to marry the person you love.” The state Senate passed the bill yesterday by a 37-30 vote …

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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Betsy Kim  
Should the Government Recognize Same-sex Marriage? [Poll]

The U.S. Supreme Court is still deciding the legal rights in gay marriages. The high court is expected to announce its rulings in June on whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, and California’s ban on gay marriages (Proposition 8) are unconstitutional. Meanwhile, different states continue their own disputes on the issue. As Lawyers.com reported, the Illinois attorney general and Cook County clerk are refusing to defend their state’s law that …

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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Litigation by Michele Bowman  
Illinois Inches Closer to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

While a bill legalizing gay marriage awaits enough support in the Illinois House of Representatives, the Cook County clerk is not defending against a lawsuit brought against the county by gay couples who say its refusal to recognize same-sex marriage is a violation of the state constitution.   Golden Silence David Orr, with his reported silence in the suit and his outspoken support of gay marriage, agrees with the couples, who are represented by Lambda Legal. But now that county …

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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Could Strike Down Defense of Marriage Act

The U.S. Supreme Court heard two hours of arguments today over the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Opponents of the 1996 law argue that excluding gay couples from federal marriage benefits is unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment, which states that the federal government must not deprive people of “life, liberty, or property” while implying equality under the law. DOMA was ruled unconstitutional twice last year, first in a decision rendered by the 1st U.S. …

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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Will Supreme Court Punt on Gay Marriage Case?

The U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments in a case that could potentially grant marriage rights to gay couples in all 50 states, but the justices indicated that they would punt the issue instead. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the first case the Supreme Court has ever heard on same-sex marriage, at a moment when the country’s support for equality has reached an all-time high. The journey of LGBT marriage to Washington, D.C., has taken years. In 2008, the California Supreme …

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