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Same-Sex Marriage Support Gets a Hat Trick: Laws found unconstitutional in Ohio, Utah, and New Mexico

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Same-Sex Marriage Support Gets a Hat Trick: Laws found unconstitutional in Ohio, Utah, and New Mexico It was a good week in the courts for supporters of same-sex marriage rights. Over a span of four days, not one but three different courts came down with favorable decisions towards same-sex marriage. Each of the decisions arose from slightly different reasoning, but taken together, they suggest a pretty clear trend for future litigation over same-sex marriage laws. First up, on December 19, was the New Mexico state Supreme Court. The case at issue there was about whether the state’s statutory scheme denying …

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Getting Married In Jail?

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It’s your right to get married…even if you’re in jail This could also be called Five Brides Go To Court.  No, it’s not a budget summer movie of dubious quality, it’s a real lawsuit from Missouri.  Missouri (like a lot of states) had a law which required that each applicant for a marriage license sign the application in the presence of the recorder of deeds or their deputy.  That sounds fine, right?  The problem is, it means that one of the license applicants can’t be in prison, since they wouldn’t be able to sign in front of the recorder (County Recorders …

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Minnesota Adopts Freedom to Marry Law

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by Jason Kohlmeyer Gay Marriage Is Now The Law Of The Land In Minnesota.  On Tuesday, May 14, Governor Dayton signed into law Minnesota’s “Freedom to Marry Act,” making Minnesota the 12th state to permit same-sex marriage.  Minnesota was previously the first state to reject a constitutional amendment which would have defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.  After the defeat of that amendment, lawmakers went to work to enact legislation which would affirmatively allow gay marriages.  The newly-passed law will take effect August 1. What does the new law say? Minnesota law previously stated explicitly that …

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