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Marriage Equality And Religious Freedom Can Co-Exist, Americans United Says

Church-State Watchdog Asks Federal Appeals Court To Reject Claims That Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

Same-sex couples should not be denied the right to marry because of false claims about the threat marriage equality poses to religious liberty, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United today submitted friend-of-the-court briefs to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a group of cases challenging the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage in Missouri, South Dakota and Arkansas. Opponents of marriage equality have argued that legalization of these unions will spawn conflicts with religious liberty. Read more

What Roy Has Wrought: Alabama Supreme Court Tries Desperate Tactic To Block Same-Sex Unions

Last night the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering an end to same-sex marriages in the state.

This was a very curious action. As you may recall, a federal court earlier this year declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court both declined to stay this ruling. This paved the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Alabama on Feb. 9. Read more

Ala. Chief Justice Urges Defiance Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

An infamous Alabama jurist’s pledge of defiance on legalized same-sex marriage has landed him in hot water.

In January, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost his job in 2003 over his refusal to remove a Decalogue display from a courthouse, wrote to Gov. Robert Bentley and urged him to continue to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, even though a federal court struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.

In his letter to Bentley, Moore insisted that the state of Alabama is free to ignore rulings by federal courts. Read more

Americans United Will Represent Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage Licenses in Alabama

Clients in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston And Lauderdale Counties Denied Licenses By Probate Judges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has agreed to represent four same-sex couples in Alabama who have been denied marriage licenses.

The couples reside in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston and Lauderdale counties. Each couple visited the probate judge in their respective county to request a marriage license, but all were denied.
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Horsing Around: Miss. Minister Enlists Equine Friend For Same-Sex Marriage Protest

If a Mississippi pastor who recently “married” his horse is the best argument the Religious Right has left for halting the spread of same-sex marriage, it’s safe to say this battle is just about over.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban. But that case remains under appeal, so gay marriages in the state are on hold pending the final outcome of the legal challenge. Read more

Retaining The Towel: The Religious Right Hasn’t Given Up On Same-Sex Marriage Just Yet

Is the Religious Right ready to give up on same-sex marriage? At least one observer thinks so.

Damon Linker, writing in This Week, cites a short article that appeared in the conservative journal First Things recently as evidence of some kind of turning point in how theocratic groups deal with same-sex marriage. Read more

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