As some business owners nationwide argue that they have a “religious freedom” right to refuse service to LGBT customers, one Oklahoma lawmaker fought back with a proposal that would have required businesses to issue public notice if they intended to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Read more
The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would, critics claim, throw the current laws on civil marriage in the state into chaos. HB 1125, sponsored by State Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell), would require couples to have a member of the clergy or another registered officiant solemnize the wedding and issue a marriage certificate. The bill would eliminate marriage licenses altogether. Read more
Keith Ingram has fallen in love, and he wants to get married. It's a familiar story.
But this one has a twist. Because the person he loves is a man, there are obstacles to his happiness: Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore, and the probate judges who followed his order not to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Read more
Same-sex couples in Alabama could marry as soon as Monday, now that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a stay of a federal court ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage in two concurrent lawsuits. Read more
As federal courts tell more and more states that they must allow same-sex marriage, it seems one of the few remaining holdouts is bracing for the inevitable. Texas, which hates to be messed with and loves to hate “non-traditional” marriage, has come up with a bill that would punish state clerks who issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Read more
A federal appeals court ruling upholding bans on same-sex marriage in four states is misguided and should be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in DeBoer v. Snyder and related challenges that bans on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan may stand. The ruling clashes with decisions by several other appeals courts, which have invalidated such bans. Read more
North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban is probably history. But the Supreme Court’s decision to let a lower court ruling striking the ban doesn’t sit so well with the Religious Right, and thanks to the efforts of local extremists, a new front in the civil rights battle has emerged: religious refusals. Read more
Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to opponents of marriage equality. It refused to hear every one of the appeals filed by five states whose same-sex marriage bans have been struck down in lower courts; that means the bans remain off the books, and marriage equality is in effect in these states. Read more
The Supreme Court begins its 2014-15 term today. The 2013-14 session was a disaster for separation of church and state, and there’s a general sense among defenders of that principle that it would be best if the high court simply avoided such cases. Read more