High Court to Settle Gay Marriage Issue

CNN –The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday it will tackle the issue of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, or whether states are allowed to ban gay marriage. The nine justices are expected to hear oral arguments in April and deliver a ruling by June. The Court had before it petitions from … Continue reading »

Montana Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned

(CNN) – A federal judge overturned Montana’s same-sex marriage ban Wednesday, making it the 34th state in the nation to allow such unions. The U.S. District Court order was effective immediately, meaning same-sex marriages can begin right away. “This decision overturns a Montana Constitutional amendment approved by the voters of Montana. Yet the United States … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Couples Awaiting Court Decision

TALENT, Ore. – One week after cheering the ruling that overturned Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, local gay and lesbian couples are worried they soon won’t be able to get married at all. The National Organization for Marriage has appealed to the Supreme Court, asking for a stay in Judge Michael McShane’s ruling overturning the … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued

EUGENE, Ore. — Same-sex couples in Oregon can get married starting now. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Click here for the judge’s full ruling. The National Organization for Marriage filed an Emergency Request for Stay Monday morning, which would’ve halted McShane’s decision. The emergency motion was denied a few hours later … Continue reading »

Decision Expected on Same-Sex Marriage

ASHLAND, Ore. — When you ask this couple how they met 15 years ago they’ll say it was euphoric. Gina DuQuenne and Josh Willow had a commitment ceremony, they call very touching. Their union is not legally recognized in the state of Oregon. Four same sex couples bringing the suit to the federal judge are … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Defense Denied

EUGENE, Ore. — A federal judge denied the National Organization for Marriage’s request to intervene in a same-sex marriage case Wednesday morning. The judge will not let the group defend Oregon’s ban against same-sex marriage in a court setting. Judge Michael McShane heard arguments from the National Organization for Marriage at the federal courthouse in … Continue reading »

Arkansas Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban

(CNN) — Crowds formed early Monday morning outside of the Arkansas courthouse as eager couples lined up to get married. Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage was overturned Friday. A State judge declared the voter-approved measure unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were cleared to get married immediately. Some waited in long lines for marriage licenses on Saturday, but … Continue reading »

Gay Marriage Petition Gains Speed

PORTLAND, Ore. – The petition to win the freedom of gay marriage in the state of Oregon has received overwhelming support in the last 10 days, receiving a total of 37,211 signatures. The campaign, Oregon Says I Do, was shooting for 10,000 signatures in the 10 day period since July 26th, and has been pleasantly … Continue reading »

Supreme Court Rules on Marriage Equality

*UPDATE* Supreme Court clears way for same-sex unions in California, but avoids ruling on gay marriage. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from … Continue reading »