Seven couples filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage in North Dakota, making it the last state in the country with a ban to be sued by gay couples seeking the right to marry in their home state.
The Janesville School District superintendent has issued a public apology for the showing of a video she describes as pro-gay marriage. The Wisconsin State Journal reports in April, Craig High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance showed “Kids React to Gay Marriage.”
A lesbian couple plans to exchange vows Saturday in Minnesota, then be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials. Nancy Robrahn, 68, and Jennie Rosenkranz, 72, of Rapid City, have been together 27 years. Minneapolis lawyer Joshua Newville said Friday he took the case after the couple was unable to find an attorney in South Dakota.
A federal judge has asked the American Civil Liberties Union to reconsider its request to temporarily block Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban. The American Civil Liberties Union wants U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to issue a temporary order nullifying the ban while she weighs the organization’s lawsuit challenging it.
A Republican state representative who broke with most in her party to support legalizing gay marriage says she won’t run for re-election next year. Rep. Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury said in a prepared statement that she was honored to serve but that she never intended the Legislature to be her career.
Three same-sex couples in state custody as sex offenders are seeking marriage licenses under Minnesota’s gay marriage law. The new law is causing thorny questions for state officials who supervise incarcerated people.
St. Louis County saw the fourth-highest demand for marriage licenses by gay couples in the first month they were allowed to wed in Minnesota. The county had 69 same-sex couples apply for licenses in August.
Opponents of gay marriage say they are not giving up. As many same-sex couples legally tied the knot on Thursday, they announced a major initiative to oust Minnesota House members who voted for legalizing marriage equality.
Small-town Minnesota residents are getting a look at the state under its new gay marriage law as weddings break out far from the metropolitan area where support was strongest for the change.
While Thursday marked a day of celebration for many same-sex couples, the journey toward legal marriage equality in Minnesota hasn’t been an easy one. For many, it’s been a lifetime struggle.
Same-sex marriages began in Rhode Island on Thursday, as local officials for the first time issued marriage licenses to gay couples who wish to wed in the state. Gay marriage became legal in Rhode Island and Minnesota at 12:01 a.m.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the law making gay marriage legal in Minnesota, but so far hasn’t fielded any invitations to take part in any weddings. Dayton said that he hasn’t been asked to attend or participate in any wedding ceremonies when the new law takes effect.
The man who led the successful effort to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota has taken a top job with a group pushing to make it legal in more U.S. states. New York-based Freedom to Marry raises funds and works on strategies for same-sex marriage drives nationwide.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to marry same-sex couples at City Hall the minute it becomes legal this summer, he said Thursday. Rybak said he will begin officiating weddings just after midnight on Aug. 1, and plans to marry 40 couples throughout the early morning.
Many are probably going to be very tired on Thursday after staying up late to celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic rulings on same-sex marriage. The high court declared the Defense of Marriage Act’s definition of marriage is unconstitutional.