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Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality To Come To Florida In January 2015

Today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state’s motion for stay of a District Court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on January 5th, enabling same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses at that time, unless the US Supreme Court intervenes.
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Mississippi's ban on marriage equality struck down.

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Mississippi sees it's ban on marriage equality struck down.

U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued his ruling less than a month after he heard oral arguments in the case the Campaign for Southern Equality last month filed on behalf of two lesbian couples seeking marriage rights in the Magnolia State.

“The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law,” writes Reeves. “Gay and lesbian citizens cannot be subjected to such second-class citizenship.”

Mississippi’s ban was passed by the biggest margin of any state amendment with 86 percent supporting the measure. But, as Judge Reeves points out, “The courts do not wait out the political process when constitutional rights are being violated, especially when the political process caused the constitutional violations in the first place.”

Roberta Kaplan, who successfully argued against the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, is the lead counsel in the case and issued this statement:

“This is a big day since it means that gay Mississippians will have the right to be married in their own home state that they love so much. It is also a big day for our country and for our Constitution, since it means that Americans in yet another state can now appreciate that gay people, who are their neighbors, friends and family members, have the right to equal protection of the laws."

The ruling is stayed for two weeks pending appeal.

Marriage Equality Bill introduced in Australia

10422223 10152367803991455 3189616050194335636 nAn Australian conservative crossbench Senator David Leyonhjelm has introduced a Freedom To Marry bill which, if passed, will see an end to Australia's marriage discrimination.

But for this legisaltion to have any shot of passing, Prime Minister Abbott must allow his MPs and Senators to vote with their conscience, ratehr than being bound by party line.

A Liberal party conscience vote is a HUGE next step towards achieving the freedom to marry for all Australians.

On top of that, community support for marriage equality in Australia is now higher than in any other country in the world which has passed equal marriage laws, at the time of legislation.

Across the world, there has never been a stronger mandate for marriage equality than the overwhelming public support from Australians. But, as it stands, the support in our communities isn't, and can't be reflected within our Parliament by any Liberal MPs or Senators.

The only way for the wishes of 72% of Australians to be truthfully represented by our elected leaders is if Prime Minister Abbott allows his party to vote on the issue with their hearts, and with their minds.

Will you call on the Liberal party to allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage?

source: Getup!

Federal Judge Strikes Down Arkansas' Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses. 

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. 

But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court is weighing a separate case, which stems from May, when a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban. 

More than 500 same-sex couples married before the ruling was stayed. The justices have not indicated when they will rule.