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After Dramatic Flight to MD to Get Married, Couple Wins Court Ruling Respecting Their Marriage in OH
A federal judge in Ohio ruled Monday that state officials must respect the marriage of a Cincinnati couple, John Arthur and James Obergefell, who journeyed to Maryland to marry as Arthur nears the end of his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Ohio has a discriminatory constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and bars them from attaining any other form of family status. “There is insufficient evidence of a legitimate state interest to justify this singling out of same sex married couples given the severe and irreparable harm it imposes,” Judge Timothy Black wrote in his decision.
Shortly after rolling out the “Roadmap to Victory – Finishing the Job,” an ambitious movement plan for the next push in the campaign to win marriage nationwide, Freedom to Marry announced a new development director as part of its commitment to raising the hefty price-tag required for victory.
Washington, DC -- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision striking down a key portion of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, House Republican leaders, who had led the unsuccessful defense of the discriminatory law, announced in a court filing today that they would cease defending other statutes that discriminate against married same-sex couples.
Springfield, Ill. -- Illinois Unites for Marriage announced a revamped campaign today to pass freedom to marry legislation in the state, where a bill stalled in the House in the previous session after passing in the Senate. The relaunch includes the hiring of John Kohlhepp, a longtime organizer and lobbyist, to run a $2 million campaign that will include statewide public outreach.
Britain’s House of Lords approved freedom to marry legislation Monday, paving the way for same-sex couples to marry next year in England and Wales after final approval in the House of Commons, which is all but assured, and approval from the queen.
As Republicans gather for the 2013 Young Republican National Convention taking place in Mobile, Alabama later this week, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will host a reception on Friday, July 12 to raise awareness and spark dialogue about the conservative case for same-sex couples’ freedom to marry.
With two Supreme Court victories adding fresh momentum to the campaign for marriage, Freedom to Marry today laid out the next phase in the national strategy through 2016, the first concrete plan for nationwide victory post-rulings. The winning strategy calls for accelerated goals for winning more states, ending federal discrimination, and growing and diversifying public support.
Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta is featured in a new national television ad by the Familia es Familia campaign encouraging Latinos to embrace their LGBT relatives and friends.
Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York and Senator Dianne Feinstein of California today reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would repeal the entirety of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and assure all married couples equal treatment for all federal programs and purposes.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a central part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act today, ruling that DOMA’s Section 3, which denies legally married same-sex couples the federal protections and responsibilities triggered by marriage, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.