US: Arkansas couples ask federal judge to strike down state’s same-sex marriage ban

Arkansas attorneys for two same sex couples have asked a federal judge to rule on the state’s same-sex marriage ban Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

Attorneys for two same-sex couples asked an Arkansas federal judge Wednesday to order the striking down of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The attorneys requested a summary judgment, asking US District Judge Kristine Baker to rule the state’s constitutional amendment which outlaws same-sex marriage, and any other related laws, unconstitutional.

The lawsuit filed by the couples against the state was submitted last year before the state’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down, only to be reinstated.

On 9 May 2014, Judge Chris Piazza found that the state’s ban was unconstitutional, stating it was

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US: Wisconsin appeals against ruling to allow same-sex couples to marry

JB Van Hollen filed the appeal on Thursday Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

The Attorney General of the US state of Wisconsin has appealed against a federal judge’s ruling which struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

JB Van Hollen filed an appeal against the June ruling by District Judge Barbara Crabb.

The case, originally brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Wisconsin, will now go to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for consideration.

Judge Barbara Crabb on Wednesday declined a request by the ACLU to speed up the case.

The ACLU, and others, had accused Van Hollen of using stalling tactics to put of a ruling in favour of same-sex couples.

His office previously said it would file by the deadline, but would not be rushed.

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US: Gay couples assert that anti-gay marriage arguments ‘don’t hold water’ in court filing

The couples argue that the reasons for not supporting same-sex marriage don’t make sense Share on WhatsApp 1 reader comment

Arguments against recognising the marriage of some 300 married same-sex couples in Michigan “don’t hold water”, a court filing argues.

Not long after a judge declared Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in March, an appeals court issued a stay against the ruling.

Ruling since, US District Judge Bernard Friedman suggested that upholding a ban on same-sex marriage would be unfair to the children of gay couples, and said it was unconstitutional.

However, clerks in Michigan were then told to cease issuing marriage licenses to hundreds of same-sex couples after a motion of stay once more temporarily reinstated the ban.

Eight couples have now filed a motion stating that arguments against same-sex marriage were not valid.

“Defendants’ response boils down to three points. First, the Sixth Circuit made them do it. Second, plaintiffs don’t have it that bad. Third, plaintiffs brought this on themselves by getting married in the first place. None of these responses holds water,” lawyers for the eight couples wrote.

Governor Rick Snyder, has said the some 300 marriages were

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