Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage struck down by state judge
May 9th, 2014
06:57 PM ET
7 months ago

Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage struck down by state judge

(CNN) - Arkansas became the latest state to have its ban on same-sex marriage overturned, after a state judge Friday declared the voter-approved measure to be unconstitutional.

Twenty-one gay and lesbian couples were part of a group of plaintiffs challenging Amendment 83 to the Arkansas constitution, saying it violated their federal and state rights of equal protection and privacy.

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Filed under: Arkansas • Same-sex marriage
April 8th, 2014
09:43 PM ET
9 months ago

Mike Huckabee: Not 'homophobic' but on the 'right side of the Bible'

(CNN) - Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s "not homophobic," but believing marriage should be between one man and one woman is being “on the right side of the Bible.”

Huckabee, who is also a pastor, told a conservative crowd, "I'm not against anybody. I'm really not. I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic."

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Same-sex marriage
Ohio ban on recognizing out-of-state gay marriages to fall
April 4th, 2014
01:14 PM ET
9 months ago

Ohio ban on recognizing out-of-state gay marriages to fall

Updated 4:06 p.m. ET, 4/4/2014

(An earlier version of this report stated incorrectly that Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage was to be declared unconstitutional.)

(CNN) - A federal judge signaled Friday that he'll declare unconstitutional Ohio's current refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states - the latest instance in which courts have challenged restrictions on the rights of legally-married gays and lesbians.

A hearing was held Friday where lawyers for several same-sex couples asked the judge to dismiss on equal protection grounds all aspects of the state's voter-approved ban on recognizing gay and lesbian couples who were legally wed elsewhere. The judge– a 2010 appointee of President Barack Obama– announced from the bench he would officially do so in coming days.

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Filed under: Ohio • Same-sex marriage
Poll: Record high favor legal same-sex marriage
March 5th, 2014
11:36 AM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Record high favor legal same-sex marriage

Support for legal same-sex marriage is at an all-time high, according to a new national poll.

An ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday indicates that 59% of Americans favor allowing gay or lesbian couples to legally wed. That's up two percentage points from an ABC News/Washington Post poll from last summer and appears to be the highest level of support ever recorded in any non-partisan, live operator national survey.

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Filed under: Polls • Same-sex marriage
Kentucky leaders go in opposite directions on same-sex marriage appeal
March 4th, 2014
03:20 PM ET
10 months ago

Kentucky leaders go in opposite directions on same-sex marriage appeal

(CNN) - Kentucky's governor will hire outside lawyers to appeal a federal judge's ruling on same-sex marriage, after the state attorney tearfully refused Tuesday to take part in further legal challenges.

The ruling requires officials to formally recognize legal marriages among gays and lesbians performed outside the state.

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Filed under: Kentucky • Same-sex marriage
Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down
February 26th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
10 months ago

Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down

(CNN) – A federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas, ruling Wednesday it has no "rational relation to a legitimate government purpose."

The decision is the latest in a series of federal and state court moves to overturn current laws forbidding gay and lesbians from legal wedlock.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Texas
Poll: Same-sex marriage support at 50% in key state
February 24th, 2014
08:59 AM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Same-sex marriage support at 50% in key state

(CNN) - A new poll indicates a slight majority of Ohio voters support legalizing same-sex marriage in their state.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Monday morning, 50% of Buckeye State voters back the move, with 44% opposed to making same-sex marriage legal.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Ohio • Polls • Same-sex marriage
February 14th, 2014
07:58 AM ET
10 months ago

Judge deems Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

(CNN) - A federal judge in Virginia has struck down the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, according to court documents.

"These laws deny Plaintiffs their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution," U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen wrote in her opinion.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Virginia
U.S. expands legal benefits, services for same-sex marriages
February 10th, 2014
03:22 PM ET
10 months ago

U.S. expands legal benefits, services for same-sex marriages

(CNN) - In a major milestone for gay rights, the U.S. government on Monday expanded recognition of same-sex marriages in federal legal matters, including bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits.

"It is the (Justice Department's) policy to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible, to ensure equal treatment for all members of society regardless of sexual orientation," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a memo to all employees.

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Same-sex marriage
Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage
February 8th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
10 months ago

Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder says he is set to extend the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages even in the 34 states that don't consider it legal.

CNN has obtained excerpts of a speech Holder will deliver at the Human Rights Campaign's New York City gala event Saturday night.

Holder plans to announce that the Justice Department will issue a memo Monday that recognizes same-sex marriages "to the greatest extent possible under the law."

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Same-sex marriage
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