District court Judge Robert Hinkle rejected a motion to intervene as a defendant from the Florida Family Association, saying “FFA’s generalized interest in opposing same-sex marriage does not entitle FFA to intervene.” The judge also found that the FFA’s lawyers had failed to cite a federal statute entitling them to intervene.
Hinkle also consolidated two challenges to Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage into a single case.
Florida Family Association Will Not Be Allowed to Intervene in Gay Marriage Cases – Gay Star News
On Friday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a U.S. District Court judge’s temporary injunction that forced Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples on hold. This means that the plaintiffs are back to having marriages that are recognized by the federal government, but not the state of Tennessee.
The 6th Circuit Court cited the fact that “the law in this area is so unsettled,” referring to the fact that all four states in the 6th Circuit are facing lawsuits related to their laws regarding same-sex marriage.
Same-Sex Marriages in Tenn. Case Again Invalid – ABC News
Christian conservatives aren’t the only people who have First Amendment rights. A group of ministers from the United Church of Christ have sued the state of North Carolina, claiming that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage stop them from practicing their religion.
United Church of Christ Sues over NC Ban on Same-Sex Marriage – Charlotte Observer
A Rapid City, SD lesbian couple of 27 years is planning on getting married by the mayor of Minneapolis on Saturday, then returning to South Dakota to join a class action lawsuit that will bring the number of states that haven’t had some sort of same-sex marriage lawsuit filed against them down to three.
South Dakota to Get First Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit – The New Civil Rights Movement
Judge Timothy Black has ruled that Ohio must recognize gay marriages performed in another state where they’re legal. He has indicated that he is likely to stay his ruling pending appeal. The good news is, there’s a good possibility that all four plaintiff couples will be treated as married in the meantime. Everyone else would have to wait until the appeal.
Judge to Ohio: Recognize Out-of-State Gay Marriage – ABC News
Eight same sex couples who got married when it was legal in Michigan have now sued the state with the help of the ACLU, including a couple with ten adopted children and three foster children and the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan
ACLU Sues Michigan, Wants 300 Gay Marriages Recognized – CBS
The good news: A judge has ordered Indiana to immediately recognize a couple’s out-of-state marriage!
The bad news: It only happened because one of them is terminally ill
Judge Grants Request to Force Indiana to Recognize Couple’s Same-Sex Marriage – Indy Star
After seeing Mark Regnerus’s study metaphorically ripped to shreds and used to line his birdcage by a Michigan judge who called it “entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration” lawyers from Utah decided to remove it from their brief in their appeal. More importantly, how could anyone with such ghastly facial hair ever be taken seriously?
Utah Gay Marriage Opponents Drop Debunked Research, Reduce Argument to Gibberish – Slate
The problem is the third judge on this panel is keeping everyone in suspense. He asked everybody tough questions!
10th Circuit Arguments on Gay Marriage Ban Focus on Family, Fairness – The Denver Post
Apparently Bill Schuette feels bad about blowing that $40k on expert witnesses for the last trial, so he’s asking for Michigan’s appeal to bypass an initial panel of three judges so the state doesn’t waste more money.
Schuette Files Motion to Expedite Hearing on Michigan Gay Marriage Ruling – NoviPatch