Marriage Equality: On Way to the Supreme Court Again!!


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~~April 27, 2015~~ 

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin to hear oral arguments as they prepare to decide whether the U.S. Constitution allows for states to discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them the right to marry or refusing to recognize their marriages performed in jurisdictions where they are legal.

While the historic Supreme Court cases in 2013 (United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry) struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and brought marriage equality back to California, the current case before SCOTUS has the potential to allow for nationwide marriage equality. While over 80 marriage equality cases have worked their way through the judicial system across the country, now, finally, this decision by the highest court in the land could allow same-sex couples to enjoy the same marriage protections and basic rights as their different-sex counterparts.

Marriage equality will ensure that same-sex couples will be recognized on the state level for tax purposes, healthcare decision making, and inheritance determinations.  On the federal level these couples will also gain access to critical lifeline benefits like Social Security and Veterans spousal benefits — programs that have remained out of reach for couples living in states that do not recognize their marriage.

“As it appears in …. full read/full credit”

http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/whats-at-stake-at-the-supreme-court1

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TOMORROW …. APRIL 28, 2015

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oral arguments will begin in the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges — the Supreme Court case that could bring marriage equality to all 50 states.

Take action: say #LoveCantWait for nationwide marriage equality at hrc.org/lovecantwait

Stay posted: Stay up to date on all breaking news around marriage equality at hrc.org/SCOTUS

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~Marriage Equality Makes Its Way to the Supreme Court Again~

~Published on Jan 20, 2015~

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Marriage is this magical thing …. Edie Windsor!!


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~April 13, 2015~~ 

Edith Windsor (born 1929) and Thea Spyer (born 1931), a same-sex couple residing in New York, were lawfully married in Ontario, Canada, in 2007. Spyer died in 2009, leaving her entire estate to Windsor. Windsor sought to claim the federal estate tax exemption for surviving spouses. She was barred from doing so by Section 3 of DOMA (codified at 1 U.S.C. § 7), which provided that the term “spouse” only applied to marriages between a man and woman.

The Internal Revenue Service found that the exemption did not apply to same-sex marriages, denied Windsor’s claim, and compelled her to pay $363,053 in estate taxes.

“As it appears in …. full read/full credit”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Windsor

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~~RELATED~~

http://ediewindsor.com/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/26/edith-windsor-thea-spyer-doma

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/nothing-more-nothing-less-marriage-equality/

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/why-does-being-legally-married-matter-so-much-to-the-lgbt-community/

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Something to think about …. Five states too many!!


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~~January 28, 2015~~ 

States fight to push anti-gay bills. But will they pass?

By Adam Serwer

The Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage set off a chain reaction of federal judges ruling state bans on same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional. But at the same time that same-sex marriage rights appear to be advancing, conservative legislators in more than a dozen states have been pushing for exceptions that would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians in the name of religious freedom.

“Religious freedom is a shield, not a sword,” says Nick Worner of the Ohio ACLU, paraphrasing George H.W. Bush appointed federal Judge Carol Jackson. “It’s not religious freedom when you’re using it to hurt someone else.”

“As it appears in …. full read”

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/states-push-anti-gay-bills-will-they-pass

http://www.advocate.com/politics/2015/01/21/what-lgbt-policy-challenges-are-deck-2015?page=full

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https://www.facebook.com/TheAdvocate?fref=photo

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~”Religious Liberty” Activists Fight Back~

People across the country banded together last year to protest SB 1062, a law proposed in Arizona, which would have allowed businesses and employees to refuse service to LGBT people or others who offend their religious sensibilities. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill after receiving immense pressure, but in Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a similar one into law in April.

Conservatives have vowed to continue the push for such “religious liberty” laws in other states. So far in 2015, at least five of these bills are on the American Civil Liberties Union’s radar: Texas’s and South Carolina’s legislatures are eyeing bills that would prohibit government employees from recognizing a same-sex couple’s relationship (through marriage licenses, mostly).

Bills in Virginia, Georgia, and Utah would allow individual state employees to decided whether they want to participate in same-sex marriages. As the ACLU has put it, these laws are largely a reaction or backlash toward LGBT gains, like marriage equality, in those states and nationally.

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9th Circuit US Court of Appeals …. Victory!!


~~October 7, 2014~~ 

19 states before, 24 states yesterday, 30 ….. This ruling of the 9th Circuit has added another 5 states …. Total of 35 out of 50, per Rachel Maddow!! 15 states to go.

The tide is turning!!

9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of the freedom to marry

~”As it appears in …. ” and for full read~

http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/9th-circuit-rules-in-favor-of-the-freedom-to-marry

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Today, October 7, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Nevada and Idaho. Just one month ago, the Court heard oral arguments for cases involving the freedom to marry in Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii on September 8.

The ruling also paves the way for the freedom to marry in Montana, Arizona and Alaska, which also fall under the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the fourth federal appellate court to rule in favor of the freedom to marry this year, and the second to do so unanimously. 

The unanimous opinion, authored by Judge Stephen Reinhardt and joined by Judge Marsha Berzon and Judge Ronald Gould, reads:

We hold that the Idaho and Nevada laws at issue violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because they deny lesbians and gays who wish to marry persons of the same sex a right they afford to individuals who wish to marry persons of the opposite sex, and do not satisfy the heightened scrutiny standard we adopted in Smith-Kline.

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Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson said today:

Today’s decision from the Ninth Circuit brings to 35 the number of freedom to marry states, and 64% of the American people now live in a state where gay people will soon share in the freedom to marry.

We now have more states that have ended the exclusion of gay couples from marriage than had ended bans on interracial marriage when the Supreme Court brought the country to national resolution in Loving v. Virginia.

We hope that the other federal appellate courts will move swiftly to end the disparity and unfair denial that too many loving and committed couples in the 15 remaining states endure.

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~~10 Years of the Freedom to Marry~~

~~Published on May 16, 2014~~

It’s been 10 years since the beginning of the freedom to marry in United States and the founding of Freedom to Marry.

Celebrate how far we’ve come with this video retrospective.

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