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Forty gay couples in South Dakota applied to be married during the first month following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized such unions across the country, according to data provided by the state Department of Health.
South Dakota could end up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to the private attorneys who fought the state’s ban on gay marriage unless a federal appeals court sides with the attorney general.
Wisconsin Democrats say they want to eliminate nullified language in the state’s constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
A Minneapolis man who fought for his own same-sex marriage more than 40 years ago is celebrating the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country. Michael McConnell says in an email to The Associated Press that the high court affirmed the question he and his partner raised 44 years ago — “same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.”
Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Loring Park in Minneapolis this weekend to celebrate gay pride.
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Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.
Five Minnesota mayors signed an amici curiae brief in support of marriage equality, which is being submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court as it prepares to hear arguments once again on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans. That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey.
The state Department of Justice says it doesn’t have any records of how many hours it spent defending Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban, making the full cost of fighting the case impossible to determine. A group of gay couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the marriage ban.
Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit that challenged Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage are requesting attorney fees in the amount of $1.2 million, according to a new report by the National Law Journal.
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.
A federal judge has declared South Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but has stayed the decision pending appeal.
A press conference announcing Torii Hunter’s return to Minnesota baseball took an awkward turn Wednesday afternoon when a reporter asked him about his stance on gay marriage.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t said much publicly about his positions on abortion or gay marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants. In the Sept. 5 letter to Wisconsin Family Action, Walker says he passed legislation that gives women seeking abortions more information and health protection and that he cut off state funding for abortion providers.
Gov. Scott Walker says hundreds of same-sex marriages performed in June will be recognized by the state. There had been questions over whether those marriages would be legally recognized, since they happened when the gay marriage ban was blocked only temporarily.
A federal judge in Wisconsin says she is lifting her hold on an order allowing same-sex marriages to take place in Wisconsin. Judge Barbara Crabb declared Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in June, but she put her ruling on hold a week later while the state appealed. The hold was set to expire as soon as appeals ended.
The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for an immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by unexpectedly and tersely turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions. The court’s order effectively makes gay marriage legal in 30 states.
A music director at a Minnesota Catholic church was forced to resign after he married his long-time partner. Jamie Moore had been the music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria. This past weekend, Moore married his partner, Garrett.
A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit seeking recognition of gay couples who married in June after a judge struck down Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Van Hollen, a Republican, filed the request Tuesday. It’s unclear when the high court might respond.
A federal judge is set to decide the future of a lawsuit filed by seven couples challenging the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage in North Dakota.