Only 40 Gay Couples Apply To Be Married In S.D. In 1st MonthForty 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.
Twin Cities Pride Festival Celebrates Marriage Equality RulingIt's a historic year for the annual Twin Cities Pride festival -- the event comes just a day after the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage nation-wide.
Minnesota Officials React To SCOTUS Marriage Equality RulingThe Supreme Court of the United States ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. While Minnesota was an early adopter of marriage equality, that didn't stop them from celebrating and voicing their support of the ruling.
Gov. Walker Calls Marriage Decision A 'Grave Mistake'Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to launch a run for president within weeks, on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide a "grave mistake" and renewed his call for an amendment to the Constitution allowing states to determine who can marry.
SCOTUS Ruling Makes LGBT Marriage Equality The Law Of The LandThe Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.
5 Minnesota Mayors Urge SCOTUS To Support Marriage EqualityFive 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.
Major Survey Shows Two-Thirds In U.S. Support Marriage EqualityIn 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.
Wisconsin DOJ Didn't Track Gay Marriage Case HoursThe 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.
Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Cases In AprilSetting 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.
Report: Plaintiffs In Wis. Gay Marriage Case Request $1.2MThe 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.
Beyond Marriage, Challenges Ahead For Gay Rights GroupsEven as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Wis. Gov. Walker Outlines Abortion, Gay Marriage PositionsRepublican 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. Walker: Same-Sex Marriages From June Will Be RecognizedGov. 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.
Wisconsin Appeals Gay Marriage Case To SCOTUSWisconsin 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.
U.S. Appeals Court Rules Wis. Gay Marriage Ban UnconstitutionalA U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution, in another in a series of courtroom wins for gay-marriage advocates. The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago bumps the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21.