Tag: Marriage Equality

Texas: No inherent right to gay marriage benefits

AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that there is no inherent right for government benefits for those in same-sex marriages, the Austin Statesman reported. From the Statesman: The case arose out of then-Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s 2013 decision to grant benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees who had married in other…

One Iowa celebrates eight years of marriage equality

DES MOINES — Eight years ago today on April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously decided to uphold Iowa’s legacy of equality and make Iowa the third state in the nation to establish marriage equality (Varnum v. Brien). Six brave plaintiff couples and families raised their voices, shared their stories, and stood up to…

Grand Rapids Marriage Equality Panel, March 10th

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Next week in Grand Rapids, there will be a marriage equality discussion panel, and we hope you can join us! This panel will feature couples, legal experts, and faith leaders in order to engage in a multi-faceted community conversation on marriage. And now that Michigan’s marriage case is before the U.S. Supreme…

First Couple Married on Saturday Responds to Michigan Governor Snyder

LANSING – Yesterday, while speaking to the press, Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder, announced that the State of Michigan would not recognize the 323 marriage licenses issued to LGBT couples this past Saturday until the current appeal is concluded. While acknowledging that the licenses were filed lawfully, he said the state would not extend any state…

Michigan Governor Says State Will Not Recognize 323 Marriages Performed Saturday

LANSING – Just this afternoon, while speaking to the press, Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder, announced that the State of Michigan would not recognize the 323 marriage licenses issued to LGBT couples this past Saturday until the current appeal is concluded. While acknowledging that the licenses were filed lawfully, he said the state would not extend…

Illinois House Passes Marriage Equality Bill!

CHICAGO –  The Illinois House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to allow marriage equality. The amended bill, which puts June 1, 2014, as the date marriages can be begin, needs to go through the State Senate, which has approved the bill once already, and be signed by Governor Pat Quinn, who has already sworn to…