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At the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/13/14
In a marked shift in tone likely to be discussed in parishes around the world, an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as well as the children of these less traditional families.

The bishops’ report, issued midway through a landmark two-week meeting, does not change church doctrine or teaching, and will now be s


Supreme Court Allows Same-Sex Marriage in Idaho
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/10/14
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in Idaho, lifting a temporary stay issued two days earlier by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

The developments capped a busy week for gay rights. It started with the court’s refusal on Monday to hear appeals from decisions striking down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The next day, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, struck down bans in Idaho and Nev


Same-Sex Couples Line Up to Wed, and Courts Regroup After Decisions
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/10/14
Here are the latest developments around the country regarding same-sex marriage after two significant rulings this week.

A Supreme Court order on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. The order cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Weddings began within hours for gay and lesbian couples in those states.

And on Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco,


Justice Kennedy Temporarily Blocks Ruling Allowing Gay Marriage in Idaho
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/8/14
A day after a federal appeals court struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and in Nevada, implementation of the decision in Idaho was temporarily blocked on Wednesday by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court.

Justice Kennedy’s order came shortly after Idaho filed a request to the Supreme Court for an immediate stay of the appeals court ruling. The ruling was the latest in a nearly unbroken string of courtroom victories for gay couples. Justice Kennedy asked the proponents of sa


Gay Marriage Opponents Set to Continue Court Battle
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/8/14
Leading opponents of same-sex marriage vowed on Wednesday to push ahead with their legal fight, noting that several federal appeals courts had not yet ruled on the issue and that the Supreme Court could still decide to leave it up to the states.

Even as the list of states authorizing same-sex marriage swells, the opponents noted Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s order on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal appeals court ruling striking down the marriage restrictions in Idaho. The temporary or


Gay Marriage Is Upheld in Nevada and Idaho
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/7/14
A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and in Nevada, the latest in a nearly unbroken string of courtroom victories for gay couples.

The decision, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, came a day after the Supreme Court allowed similar rulings by three other appeals courts to stand, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to start immediately in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin and to be extended so


Gay Marriage Is Upheld In Nevada And Idaho
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/7/14
A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and in Nevada, the latest in a nearly unbroken string of courtroom victories for gay couples.

The decision, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, came a day after the Supreme Court allowed similar rulings by three other appeals courts to stand, clearing the way for same-sex marriage to start immediately in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin and to be extended so


Gay Rights Advocates, Dealt a Supreme Court Victory, Focus on Tough Terrain
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/7/14
There are countless churches but not much openly gay life in this city by the banks of the Tennessee River. So when Benjamin Newbern, a onetime field organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union, convened gay residents and those he calls “straight allies” for dinner one recent evening, it was a radical act.

Over pizza in the back room of a local restaurant, a college student, Jacob Ezell, said his mother worried “it would destroy our family” if his father found out that he is gay. A nurse


Supreme Court Delivers Tacit Win to Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/6/14
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states, a major surprise that could signal the inevitability of the right of same-sex marriage nationwide.

The development cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Gay and lesbian couples started getting married in those states within hours.

The decision to let the appeals court rulings stand, which came without explanation in a series of brief or


Justices Embark on Road to a Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/29/14
There are lots of open questions about the road the Supreme Court justices will take to a final decision about whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. But one thing seems clear: The answer will arrive next June.

The endgame started Monday morning. At their first private conference of the term, the justices were scheduled to consider, among many other things, seven petitions urging them to hear appeals from decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage.

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