US: First ever Mississippi mayor states support for equal marriage

The mayor of Waveland said he supported same-sex marriage Share on WhatsApp 4 reader comments

The first ever mayor in the US state of Mississippi has declared his support for same-sex marriage.

Waveland Mayor David Garcia, signed up to Freedom to Marry’s list of mayors in support of same-sex marriage.

“We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our communities, and we’ve seen how important marriage has been for them and their families,” Garcia said in a statement.

“Because I believe in fairness for all American families, I support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment.”

The group is an initiative of Freedom to Marry, a national same-sex marriage advocacy group, and has hundreds of mayors signed up. 

A Mississippi law that legalises anti-gay discrimination on the grounds of

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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: Missouri county will not be defending state’s ban on same-sex marriage

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Missouri’s Jackson County will not fight a lawsuit challenging Missouri’s current ban on same-sex marriage.

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders says he won’t spend taxpayer money to defend the ban as it is not the county’s obligation to defend the actions of the state.

Sanders feels that the lawsuit, which was filed on 24 June by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri on behalf of two same-sex couples, should be handled by the attorney general.

He said:

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Mayors Take Stand Against Their States’ Anti-Gay Policies

City leaders from several states with gay marriage bans took a stand for marriage equality Monday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas, when they signed a resolution calling on the Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination nationwide.

Despite their states’ bans on same-sex marriage, mayors from Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Missouri and Georgia were instrumental in the resolution’s passage. Among the signers were Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

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