Federal judge tells Mobile County probate judge he must issue same-sex marriage licences

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge is not backing off her order to an Alabama probate judge that he must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade on March 16 refused to stay her order to Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Granade in January ruled that Alabama’s gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional and told Davis that he could not refuse licenses because of a couple’s sexual orientation.

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Texas court blocks future same-sex marriages after lesbians wed

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin.

The Feb. 19 ruling doesn’t invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued for health reasons. One of the women has cancer.

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Idaho’s first 6 same-sex marriage licenses ruled invalid

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MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – Idaho officials have ruled invalid the first six same-sex marriage licenses issued in the state.

The Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics determined the couples received the licenses before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay blocking same-sex marriage in Idaho.

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Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Feb. 9 despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state’s chief justice — an outspoken opponent — to block the weddings.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Feb. 9 morning that it wouldn’t stop the marriages, and shortly after, probate judges began granting the licenses to couples, some of whom had been lined up for hours and exited courthouses to applause from supporters.

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Couple sues Florida DMV for refusal to issue driver’s licenses with married names

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Melbourne – The same-sex couple whose licenses were cancelled for having their hyphenated married names are suing the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

Scott and Daniel Wall-DeSousa, represented by William Sheppard of Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio in Jacksonville, filed a lawsuit the last week of November with the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida Orlando Division. The lawsuit states the DMV failed in substantive due process, equal protection, freedom of speech, First Amendment retaliation, and full faith and credit.

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Couple files lawsuit to keep licenses issued with married name

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Melbourne – A same-sex Central Florida couple filed a lawsuit in federal court Nov. 25 after receiving a letter earlier this month from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles about their drivers’ licenses being cancelled because they legally changed their names with their out-of-state marriage licenses.

When Watermark reached out to the couple on the Nov. 25 deadline, Daniel said his license was cancelled but Scott changed his license back to its original form so that they “could survive as a household.

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Judge overturns Missouri ban on same-sex marriage

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St. Louis – A state judge overturned Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage Nov. 5 in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a written ruling that Missouri’s measure recognizing marriage only between a man and woman violates the due process and equal protection rights of the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored ones handed down recently in several other states.

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Las Vegas wedding chapels ready for gay weddings

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – The marriage licenses are already gender neutral. Chapel photographers have been practicing shooting two brides wearing white gowns. And an ordained Elvis impersonator will be waiting at the end of the aisle.

Las Vegas, the land of wedding chapels, is ready for gay weddings.

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Justice Kennedy blocks gay marriage ruling in Idaho, Nevada

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Oct. 8 temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada.

Kennedy’s order came a little more than an hour after Idaho filed an emergency request for an immediate stay and about 10 minutes before the state said that state and county officials would otherwise have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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County in New Mexico has issued nearly 900 marriage licenses in 1 year

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A southern New Mexico county clerk says he has issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the past year.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins said July 25 his office has given out 896 licenses since August 2013.

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Hawaiian Legislature takes steps toward marriage equality

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HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii could begin issuing licenses and performing ceremonies for gay couples on Nov. 18 if a bill passes during a special session that begins next week.

A Senate draft of the bill to be considered starting Oct. 28 says couples would be able to obtain licenses and be married the same day.

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