Ky. gay marriage ban nixed, but no weddings yet

 Gay marriage advocates nationwide heralded the ruling striking down deeply conservative Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage as a significant milestone, though matrimonies won’t begin in earnest there anytime soon. Tuesday’s ruling by a federal judge, which said Kentucky’s ban violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, was put on hold because similar cases […] Continue reading →

Federal appeals court: Gays have right to marry

 A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the movement’s legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to […] Continue reading →

Federal appeals court: Utah can’t ban gay marriage

 A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to […] Continue reading →

Rush Limbaugh, The Drag Queen, and the Judge

Michael Brown  What one subject could possibly bring together radio host Rush Limbaugh, drag queen Ru Paul, and Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia? It is the “T” word in the LGBT acronym, “transgender,” now hailed by Time Magazine as the new civil rights frontier. And for Rush and Ru, it is the “tranny” word in […] Continue reading →

Hatch: gay marriage will become law of the land

 Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it’s obvious that gay marriage will become legal across the country sooner or later. Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks Wednesday on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show (http://bit.ly/1koFdlh). Hatch said he doesn’t agree with the rulings, but defended two […] Continue reading →

US judge to rule on Pennsylvania gay-marriage ban

 A federal judge was scheduled to issue a ruling Tuesday afternoon on the legality of Pennsylvania’s 1996 same-sex marriage ban. U.S. District Judge John Jones plans to issue his ruling in Harrisburg after 2 p.m., according to a court website. The plaintiffs include same-sex couples, their children, a widow and others who say the ban […] Continue reading →

Arkansas high court suspends gay marriage ruling - Oregon Ruling Comes Monday

Arkansas’ highest court has suspended a judge’s ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, halting the distribution of licenses that have been issued to hundreds of gay couples. The state Supreme Court on Friday granted a request to suspend Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s decision voiding a 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as […] Continue reading →

Judge won’t toss statements by 2 Tsarnaev friends

 A federal judge on Thursday refused to suppress statements allegedly made by two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev following the deadly 2013 bombing. Azamat Tazhayakov and Robel Phillipos declined to testify earlier this week during a suppression hearing in federal court over statements they made under questioning by federal agents. A third […] Continue reading →

Appeals court puts Idaho gay marriages on hold

 A federal appeals court has temporarily put plans for Idaho same-sex weddings on hold while it considers the state’s request for a longer stay. The state’s gay marriage ban was overturned Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Candy Dale said the law unconstitutionally denied gay and lesbian residents their fundamental right to marry. Dale said Idaho […] Continue reading →