Alabama seeks to stay order overturning same-sex marriage ban

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama’s ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state.

Attorney General Luther Strange’s office asked a federal judge on Jan. 23 to put the ruling on hold since the U.S. Supreme Court plans to take up the issue of gay marriage this term, “resolving the issues on a nation-wide basis.”

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Federal judge rules Montana’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Nov. 19 overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

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Connecticut high court affirms pre-gay marriage rights

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s highest court ruled July 16 that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state’s approvals of civil unions in 2005 and gay marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country.

The state Supreme Court issued a 6-0 decision overturning two lower court rulings and allowing a widow to sue a doctor in a medical malpractice case for the death of her spouse and the loss of her spouse’s companionship and income. The alleged malpractice occurred from 2001 to 2004, a time when only married couples were allowed to sue for loss of spousal “consortium.”

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