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Guest Post: Marriage Equality Decision Breaks New Ground

Guest Post: Marriage Equality Decision Breaks New Ground

In a curious twist of fate, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may have contributed to a future US Supreme Court decision overturning all state laws that ban same sex marriage.

Make no mistake, Justice Scalia is no supporter of same sex marriage. However in his dissent from one of the same sex marriage victories at the Supreme Court last June he said “The view that this court (meaning the US Supreme Court) will take of state prohibition of same sex marriage is indicated beyond mistaking by today’s opinion.

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Finding Home

“Now my thoughts are a bit frustrated. We had planned to make Christmas cookies and treats with my sisters, nieces, and nephews—all of whom are Mormon (which is irrelevant, but thought you all should know). I am upset that chasing a marriage license has taken away our family time together—time we cannot get back. This is not fair and is wrong in so many ways. There is a rustle in the crowd as the Weber County door opens and cheers erupt. I quickly make my way to the front of the line to hear the announcement. The cheers turn to moans as it is announced the clerk cannot let us in. Humiliated, I grab Brenda’s hand and say “Let’s go.” On the long drive back home, we discuss the legal significance of Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling and contemplate the behind-the-scenes scenario that must be taking place.” Read more…

Policy and Legal Update – December 23-29, 2013

Policy and Legal Update – December 23-29, 2013

MEUSA closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keep our website updated with changes in these areas on a near-daily basis. Every Monday we update you with policy and legal updates covering the preceding week. You may always find the most up-to-date information on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website. Read more…

Celebrating Marriage Equality in Utah

The message came through at 1:53 pm on Friday: “KSL NEWSRADIO: Fed judge rules Utah’s Amendment 3 unconstitutional. Amend 3 denies marriage between 1 woman & 1 man and bans gay marriage.” A little cheer escaped my lips as I sat in my office in disbelief. I immediately called Jolene, my wife of 23 days after our marriage in Vancouver, WA, and told her the news. I asked her to search online to see if she could find out if it was true. In the meantime, the Salt Lake Tribune website issued a release stating that Amendment 3 had been struck down. Read more…

Policy and Legal Update – December 16-22, 2013

Policy and Legal Update – December 16-22, 2013

MEUSA closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keep our website updated with changes in these areas on a near-daily basis. Every Monday we update you with policy and legal updates covering the preceding week. You may always find the most up-to-date information on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website. Read more…

Marvin Burrows: Love Warrior

Marvin Burrows: Love Warrior

Last weekend, our community lost one of our most powerful advocates and a truly wonderful person: Marvin Burrows.

Marvin was a wonderful friend, and an inspiring activist with organizations including Marriage Equality USA, Lavender Seniors, GLOBE, Meals on Wheels, and California Senior Leaders at UC Berkeley, just to name a few. His legacy inspires us all to continue to stand up together and never give up. Read more…

Policy and Legal Update – December 9-15, 2013

MEUSA closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keep our website updated with changes in these areas on a near-daily basis. Every Monday we update you with policy and legal updates covering the preceding week. You may always find the most up-to-date information on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website. Read more…