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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Judge rules Texas ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

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Austin – The Texas ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a Travis County judge on Feb. 17.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman’s ruling is raising questions as to whether LGBT couples can begin marrying in the county. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said she is ready to being issuing same-sex marriage licenses as soon as the court allows it.

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Same-sex marriage rulings spur Idaho impeachment resolution

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Boise, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho lawmaker upset with federal judges who have overturned same-sex marriage bans across the nation is proposing that Congress impeach judges who fail to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

Republican Rep. Paul Shepherd of Riggins introduced the non-binding resolution Feb. 16 to the Idaho House State Affairs Committee.

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Alabama gay marriage fight echoes states’ rights battles

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s judicial building office overlooks Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue, a history-soaked thoroughfare topped by the Alabama Capitol where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated president of the Confederacy and where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended the 1965 march for voting rights.

As gay and lesbian couples left a nearby courthouse clutching marriage licenses last week, Moore, an outspoken critic of gay marriage, was fighting to stop the weddings using a states’ rights argument that conjured up those historical ghosts of slavery, the Civil War and the battle against desegregation.

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Michigan couples allowed to retain their marriages

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Lansing, Mich. (AP) – Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were quickly performed in the hours before an appeals court blocked a ruling legalizing the unions, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Feb. 4.

The Republican said he wouldn’t appeal a federal court’s ruling last month that required the state to recognize the marriages performed on March 22, 2014. His decision means the ruling takes effect Feb. 5 and could have an impact on the couples’ health insurance coverage, their ability to jointly adopt children and other state benefits.

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Alabama asks Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to continue to block same-sex marriages until the high court issues a ruling on gay marriage later this year.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on Feb. 3 asked the Supreme Court to keep a hold on a district judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage. The filing came after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to issue a stay.

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Both sides push for same-sex marriage ruling in Louisiana

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New Orleans (AP) – Lawyers on both sides of a same-sex marriage case have urged Louisiana’s Supreme Court to rule on the matter even though the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to do so by June.

Lawyers for the state want the court to overturn a state judge’s ruling that Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. An attorney for the state told the justices Jan. 29 that state courts need to weigh in ahead of the expected U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Alabama gay couple impatient for marriage equality

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – The couple that toppled Alabama’s gay marriage ban is urging an appellate court to let the judge’s ruling take effect.

Lawyers for Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand on Jan. 29 asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to reject Alabama’s request to place the ruling on hold for months.

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Couple behind Ala. same-sex marriage case grateful for ruling

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama’s gay marriage ban said they are grateful, overjoyed and still a little a bit in disbelief.

“We are still trying to take it all in. It’s overwhelming. We’re very grateful. Wow. It happened,” Kim McKeand said.

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GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

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ATLANTA (AP) – A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses.

Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials.

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Local panel to discuss the impact of Florida’s same-sex marriage ruling

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Orlando – HRC Orlando/Central Florida is hosting a discussion panel about the impact of Florida’s same-sex marriage ruling.

The event is called “Marriage 101: A Panel Discussion on the Practical and Legal Impacts of Florida’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling” and will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando on Jan. 22.

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What’s next after South Dakota same-sex marriage ban struck down?

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal judge in South Dakota has ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but the decision doesn’t mean gay couples can immediately wed.

Some questions and answers about the decision Jan. 12:

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