After Supreme Court declines to hear same-sex marriage cases, Attorney General Holder announces federal government to recognize couples in seven new states

Eric Holder

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages taking place in the states affected by the Supreme Court’s recent decision to decline to review rulings from three federal appeals courts that had struck down bans on same-sex marriage. The Attorney General added that the Department of Justice will work [...]

Ninth Circuit Court halts Alaska same-sex marriages

Ninth Circuit Court

Just as same-sex marriages had started to proceed in Alaska the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a temporary stay halting the weddings for now. The Washington Blade reported that according to the two-page order, same-sex weddings are stayed until Friday at 12 p.m. Pacific Time (3 p.m. Eastern Time) to give state [...]

Harvey Milk’s American Diner releases statement on closure

Harvey Milk's American Diner

Following the sudden closure of Harvey Milk’s American Diner last Thursday, information about the future of the restaurant has been confined to speculation on Facebook. Originally the owners of the Diner had indicated that the restaurant would be closed for three days. Today the owners released a statement on the changes that are occurring at [...]

LISTEN: Republican House candidate Carl DeMaio hasn’t won fans in LGBT community (NPR)

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Gay Republican House candidate, Carl DeMaio, hasn’t won fans in the LGBT community(NPR). Claire Trageser of KPBS San Diego reports for NPR’s All Things Considered.

Protest at DeMaio Boehner Fundraiser?

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It has been a hard week for Candidate Carl DeMaio. He was accussed of sexual harassment by a former male staffer which has led to a fresh look at all the scandals that have plagued the candidate over the last few years; plagarism, an office break-in and vandalism reputedly by former staffers, as well as [...]

Same-sex marriage now legal in North Carolina

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Today Federal Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. ruled against North Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making North Carolina the latest state to see such a ban struck down since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.  In General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper, the United Church [...]

Same-sex couples can marry in Idaho

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Today the Supreme Court of the United States denied a stay of the Ninth Circuit decision striking down Idaho’s marriage equality ban, allowing marriage equality to take effect in Idaho.  The state still has the option to petition the Supreme Court for certiorari.  However, the state cannot refuse to grant same-sex couples marriage licenses pending [...]

Harvey Milk’s Shutters

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After a little over one year in business, Harvey Milk’s American Diner has closed its doors. Owners Frank Lechner and Big Mike Phillips indicated that the organization would be closing for three days to restructure. It is unclear as to whether the organization will reopen as Harvey Milk’s, be sold to another organization, or reopen [...]

Unanimous Ninth Circuit ruling strikes down Idaho, Nevada marriage equality bans

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Today a three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that state bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. In a decision authored by Judge Reinhardt, who was joined by Judge Gould and Judge Berzon, the court found that Idaho and Nevada’s marriage bans violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. [...]

Supreme Court refuses marriage cases: UPDATE — State by State map

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UPDATE: Below is a new updated marriage equality map from Marriage Equality USA showing the overall “State of the States” reflecting today’s Supreme Court’s decision. The US Supreme Court announced that it will not be hearing any of the seven same sex marriage cases that would have produced a nationwide ruling on the issue. With [...]

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