Archive for the ‘Court Cases’ Category

California Legal Challenge Seeks Signers

October 3, 2010

Activists defending marriage equality are seeking clergy, congregations, and other religious organizations from across the nation to sign on to an amicus brief to express their support. For more information, click here.

Public Opinion Could Influence Judges

August 16, 2010

Over the weekend, I posted links to the news about encouraging trends in both local and national polls in regards to recognition of same-sex couples.

A Harvard law professor wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Supreme Court justices could be swayed by these trends, especially if they want to be looked back on well by future generations. The opinions of the sitting justices on this issue is a matter of great intrigue, given that most observers expect that the issue is likely to head to the Supreme Court.

Marriage Equality Week in Review

August 13, 2010

Celebrations of marriage equality in Mexico City

There were several newsworthy items regarding the freedom to marry this week:

After the Ruling, What’s Next?

August 5, 2010

So what does yesterday’s ruling really mean in the big picture? Honestly, it doesn’t even guarantee anything to California same-sex couples much less those of us in Illinois or other states. Evan Wolfson today offered the best vision of a path forward that I’ve read anywhere. Check it out.

Religious Voices Celebrate Prop 8 Ruling

August 5, 2010

Yesterday’s ruling that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage has left many religious conservatives shocked and angry. If you want to hear what they say, you won’t have to look far.

Meanwhile, gay-affirming religious leaders have been celebrating. Here are a few examples:

Proposition 8 Overturned!

August 4, 2010

All eyes are on California today in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling against the state constitutional amendment approved by California voters two year ago that took away the right to marry the state’s same-sex couples. The forcefully worded ruling is a great cause for victory, but couples in the state can’t get married yet. The issue is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the ruling is uncertain.

What this will mean for Californians, much less those of us in other states, is far from clear. But it is clear that now is not the time to wait for the Supreme Court to take care of things. We must continue our struggle both for the passage of a civil unions bill in Illinois and the ongoing work of changing hearts and minds.

Tell Obama Not to Appeal DOMA Ruling

July 10, 2010

Please add your name to a new campaign telling Obama not to appeal Thursday’s pro-marriage equality ruling.

The Courage Campaign, the California organization arguing for equality in that state’s high-profile case, has set up an easy online tool to add your name to a letter to the president. He needs to hear that you do not want him to appeal the decision of a Massachusetts federal judge ruling that the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” is unconstitutional. Just click the link above.

Ruling Strikes Blow to Federal Ban

July 8, 2010

A ruling handed down by a federal judge in Massachusetts today declared unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act. That act, passed in 1996, barred the federal government from recognizing marriage licenses issued by states to same-sex couples.

Meanwhile, we are still awaiting a ruling on the Proposition 8 case from California. One observer said that same-sex marriage defenders are arguing the merits of the two cases on nearly opposite grounds – one based on a state’s rights argument and the other based on federally guaranteed equality protections.