A state judge today ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions.
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request by six gay couples, ordering state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21.
"Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution," the judge wrote in a 53-page opinion.
This is surely going to be appealed, as these rulings always are, but marriage equality advocates are no doubt thrilled about this. It also puts Governor Chris Christie in a tough spot. How vocal will he be in opposing this decision? He previously vetoed a gay marriage bill; will he take any steps to fight marriage equality this time, knowing that doing so could hurt his chances in 2016? Or might opposing gay marriage actually help his chances in a Republican primary?
16:53 // 2 months ago
A federal judge granted an Ohio couple a temporary restraining order on Monday, blocking the state from imposing its constitutional marriage ban against same-sex unions. The couple, recently married legally in Maryland, wants Ohio to recognize their marriage as one of the husbands is in failing health with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) […]
This could be a significant case, as Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage is an amendment to the state’s constitution, and decisions thus far in the case suggest that Ohio could be in violation of the U.S. constitution with the amendment.
10:40 // 4 months ago
A New York City immigration judge immediately stopped the deportation proceedings of a gay Colombian man who is legally married to an American citizen soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for being unconstitutional, as was first reported by Americablog on Wednesday. The federally-sanctioned DOMA only recognizes marriage between […]
This is a reminder that the ramifications of marriage equality extend far beyond people simply feeling included as part of an institution. For this man, the Supreme Court’s ruling meant the difference between living in America with his partner and living alone in South America. source
18:00 // 5 months ago
The researchers assessed a representative sample of mainstream coverage for two months this year, and found that many stories contained either a balanced mix of views or no views at all. But of the rest, roughly five times as many stories were weighted toward support for same-sex marriage as were weighted toward opposition.
“A story was deemed to be in support of or opposition to same-sex marriage if the statements expressing that view outnumbered opposing statements by at least 2-to-1,” the report stated.
It added, “The level of support conveyed in the news media examined here goes beyond the level seen in public opinion surveys.” The imbalance was evident both in reporting and in commentary, and on all three of the major cable news channels, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.
While critics have suggested that the positive coverage is out of touch with the culture at large, many supporters of same-sex marriage see the issue as a civil rights issue and agree with media outlets’ moves to focus on supporters over those opposed.
10:46 // 5 months ago
This is no doubt a momentous day for Hollande, who had pledged to legalize same-sex marriage during his first year in office, and succeeded in doing so despite vociferous protests from swaths of his citizenry. No actual same-sex marriage figures to be conducted until the 29th, as French law states that a marriage license must be filed ten days prior to the ceremony.
16:33 // 6 months ago