Tag: Gay Marriage

Landmark: Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday made marriage for same-sex couples legal nationwide, declaring that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the Constitution.   The landmark ruling will produce the most significant change in laws governing matrimony since the court struck down state bans on inter-racial marriage almost 50 years […]

Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage nationwide

Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, was joined in the majority by the court’s four liberal justices.   In a dissenting opinion, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia said the decision shows the court is a “threat to American democracy.” The ruling “says that my ruler and the ruler of 320 […]

Supreme Court: States Can’t Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage bans are no longer legal in America, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today. The court assessed whether the Constitution allows states to restrict marriages to one man and one woman. It faced two questions: Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? […]

With 5-4 gay marriage decision, battle far from over: Column

After much build up and prognosticating, the long-awaited Supreme Court decision on marriage has arrived. As expected, some are thrilled with the outcome, while others are deeply disappointed. Amid this sea of conflicting emotions, one thing is certain: The societal debate about marriage will continue.   To assume that the supporters of man-woman marriage will […]

President Obama’s legacy is increasingly in legal jeopardy

President Obama’s second-term agenda, it seems, is in the hands of the courts.   Same-sex marriage. Obamacare. Climate change. And now immigration. And in many cases, there is significant doubt about whether his signature initiatives will stand legal scrutiny.   The latest blow to Obama’s second-term plans came Tuesday when a federal appeals court in […]

‘Bold’ Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a “social revolution.” Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters say “yes” to changing the nation’s constitution to define marriage as a union between […]

Church unnerved by Ireland’s huge ‘Yes’ to gay marriage

The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage, saying it needed a “new language” to connect to people.   As jubilant “Yes” supporters nursed their hangovers after partying late into the night following Saturday’s referendum result, the faithful attended mass to […]

Judge rules against Ashers bakery

Reacting to the decision, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness tweeted: “Ashers bakery judgement a good result for equality, gay people have for far too long been discriminated against. We and the law on their side.” John O’Doherty, of gay rights group the Rainbow Project, said: “While sympathetic as some may be to the […]

Texas Considering Measures to Defy Possible Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Gay Marriage

“State or local funds may not be used for an activity that includes the licensing or support of a same-sex marriage,” reads the bill.   “A state or local governmental employee may not recognize, grant, or enforce a same-sex marriage license … State or local funds may not be used to enforce an order requiring […]


President Obama suggested that people of faith should focus more on helping the poor, instead of focusing on divisive issues such as gay marriage and abortion.   During a panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, Obama specifically referred to his own Christian faith, pointing out that he recognized the importance speaking out about the issue […]