Supreme Court sets gay wedding cake arguments for Dec. 5

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The U.S. Supreme Court has set Dec. 5 as the day for oral arguments on whether a Colorado baker has a First Amendment right to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples over religious objections.

The high court announced Friday the case, known as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, will be the first of two arguments on that day.

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Two Kenyans challenge constitutionality of ‘gay anal tests’

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Two Kenyans have launched a court case challenging the constitutionality of enforced anal probes for men suspected of having gay sex.

A lawyer said May 4 she had submitted the arguments during the first day of a hearing where the two men are seeking a court ruling to stop enforced anal examinations of men accused of being gay.

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Demonstrators gather outside Supreme Court for gay marriage cases

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Washington (AP) — Demonstrators on both sides of the gay marriage debate are gathered in front of the Supreme Court, where justices on April 28 are hearing arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

Some are waving gay rights banners. Others are carrying signs proclaiming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. One sign read, “Homo sex is a sin.”

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Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

But they are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society’s view of what constitutes a marriage, especially without more information about how same-sex marriage affects children who are raised by two fathers or two mothers.

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Supreme Court to provide same-day audio for April 28 same-sex marriage arguments

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28 and make audio of the proceedings available later that day.

The gay marriage cases mark the only time this term that the court has agreed to the quick release of audio recordings. But the court is continuing its ban on providing video of its sessions or even live-streamed audio.

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Federal appeals court to hear 3 more same-sex marriage cases

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments this spring from three more states defending gay marriage bans.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 3 granted a request to consider an appeal from South Dakota at an expedited pace. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the court also combined the arguments with cases from Arkansas and Missouri.

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Missouri judge hears arguments in same-sex ban lawsuit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri doesn’t allow first cousins to legally marry, but recognizes such marriages if they were legally performed in other states. The same goes for couples who were too young to wed in Missouri but were allowed to do so elsewhere.

An attorney for 10 same-sex couples who legally wed in other states told a Jackson County judge on Sept. 25 that Missouri’s refusal to grant his clients the same courtesy amounts to state-sanctioned discrimination that serves no legitimate public interest.

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Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear marriage equality arguments

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[CORRECTION! This story erroneously reported that the Florida Supreme Court had agreed to take on the same-sex marriage case, when in fact, at the time the story was published, the Florida Supreme Court had only been asked to rule on the case. A corrected version of the story can be found here. We apologize for the error. –Editor]

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments against the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, the Orlando Sentinel reported Aug. 27.

In an unusual decision, the state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal on Aug. 27 asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to “great public importance.”  The decision could result in having the issue settled even before the US Supreme Court acts.

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Judges weigh 4 states’ same-sex marriage cases

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Three federal judges weighing arguments in a landmark gay marriage hearing Aug. 6 peppered attorneys on both sides with tough questions, with one judge expressing deep skepticism about whether courts are the ideal setting for major social change and another saying the democratic process can be too slow.

The judges in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considered arguments in six cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, setting the stage for historic rulings in each state that would put more pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the issue once and for all. The Aug. 6 hearing was the biggest so far on the issue.

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No trial planned in Arizona same-sex marriage case

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PHOENIX (AP) – Lawyers for Arizona and a group of gay and lesbian couples who sued over the state’s ban on same-sex marriage want a judge to decide the case without a trial.

The attorneys told U.S. District Court Judge John W. Sedwick on July 7 they think he can instead rule based on arguments each side will file in the coming months.

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