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9:54 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Appeals Court Rules Virginia's Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An appeals court's decision to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Monday ruled that state laws barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution.

It's the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit.

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12:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Pace of Same Sex Weddings in Delaware, Expected to Slow

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than 2,000 same-sex couples have been married in Delaware in the last 12 months, but court clerks in the state expect the pace to slow going forward.

Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex weddings under a law that took effect in July 2013.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in the 12 months ending June 30, court clerks in the state issued 2,092 marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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10:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Marriage Equality Could Bring Big Dollars to Virginia

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A report by a think tank at UCLA says legalizing gay marriages in Virginia could generate up to $60 million in spending in three years.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that about 7,000 same-sex couples may choose to get married in Virginia within three years of a change in law. In February, a federal judge in Norfolk struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. The decision has been stayed pending an appeal, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Richmond on May 13.

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8:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Virginia AG Sides With Challenge to State Gay Marriage Ban

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he's concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it.

In an email to The Associated Press early Thursday, Herring spokesman Michael Kelly says the state will instead side with the plaintiffs who are seeking to have the ban struck down.

Kelly says the attorney general decided the ban was unconstitutional after a thorough legal review of the matter.

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8:46 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Symbolic Same-Sex Marriage Ordinance in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - In a strictly symbolic gesture, Charlottesville City Council members have given preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance that supports extending benefits to the spouses of married city employees - including those in same-sex relationships.

It's symbolic because it's contrary to Virginia state law and the state Constitution.

Two couples from the Shenandoah Valley filed a federal class-action lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

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12:26 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Virginia's Same Sex Marriage Ban Challenged in Federal Court

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Norfolk couple is challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban.

Timothy B. Bostic and Tony C. London say in a federal lawsuit that they were turned down when they tried to obtain a marriage license at the Norfolk Circuit Court on July 1.

Their lawsuit argues that Virginia's unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them equal protection and liberties guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

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12:17 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Faces Legal Challenge

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Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage will be challenged in federal court by the state’s American Civil Liberties Union.

The state's voters approved a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that not only bans same-sex marriage but does not allow for recognition of same-sex marriages in other states.

There are now around a dozen such states.

The ACLU is joining the gay rights organization Lambda Legal Defense Fund to claim that the ban violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law.

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12:04 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Salisbury Mayor Praises Court Decision Striking Down Defense of Marriage Act

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today the federal government cannot discriminate against married same-sex couples. On his way back from the Maryland Association of Counties meeting, Mayor Jim Ireton told WSCL this decision was part of extending rights to all people.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush:

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11:38 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Baltimore Mayor to Officiate Mass Same-Sex Weddings

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will officiate a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the Baltimore Pride Festival next month.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, which organizes the celebration, announced last week that Rawlings-Blake would serve as grand marshal for the event in recognition of her support of gay rights.

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8:30 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Delaware Lawmaker Comes Out During Same Sex Marriage Debate

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Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson came out publicly on the Senate floor this week just before the vote that approved same-sex marriage.

And she said up to the last minute she wasn’t sure that she would do it.

Peterson told the Wilmington News Journal that family friends and colleague knew she was a lesbian but thought she would only do so if it added something to the debate.

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9:23 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Delaware Becomes 11th State to Allow Same Sex Marriage

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Same-sex couples in Delaware say they're looking forward to July 1, when Delaware officially becomes the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage.

Advocates on Tuesday cheered Democratic Gov. Jack Markell as he signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage by the state Senate.

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9:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Bill Before Delaware Senate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee has sent a bill authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware to the full Senate for consideration.

The measure cleared the Senate executive committee Wednesday after a 90-minute hearing.

The bill narrowly won passage in the House last week. Supporters and opponents expect another close vote in the Senate.

Gov. Jack Markell supports the measure, which was introduced barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions. It would make Delaware the 10th state to authorize same-sex marriage.

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9:44 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Bill Up Before Delaware Senate Committee

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A state Senate committee is taking up a bill authorizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The measure narrowly won passage in the House last week. Supporters and opponents expect another close vote if the Senate Executive Committee votes Wednesday to send it to the full Senate for consideration.

Gov. Jack Markell supports the measure, which was introduced barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions. It would make Delaware the 10th state to authorize same-sex marriage.

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9:09 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Passes Delaware House of Representatives

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has narrowly approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The House voted 23-to-18 Tuesday for the bill, which now goes to the Senate.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the legislature, where it was introduced earlier this month, a little more than a year after Delaware began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1. Existing civil unions would be converted to marriages.

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9:47 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Up Before Delaware House of Representatives

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House is poised to vote on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

The bill is scheduled for a House vote Tuesday. It was introduced earlier this month, a little more than a year after Delaware began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the House and then wins Senate approval.

Under the proposal, no new civil unions would be performed after July 1. Existing civil unions would be converted to marriages over the coming year.

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12:53 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Inches Forward in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are set to begin consideration of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

The legislation, which Gov. Jack Markell has pledged to sign if passed by lawmakers, was scheduled for discussion Wednesday in the House Administration Committee.

The measure comes a little more than a year after Delaware first began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

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9:40 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Measure Will Be Introduced in Dover

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are poised to introduce legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Delaware.

Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden planned to join lawmakers Thursday in Wilmington to announce the filing of the legislation.

Crafting of the bill has been led by members of the gay rights group Equality Delaware.

Markell has pledged to sign the bill if it passes the General Assembly, where it has the support of Democratic leaders in both chambers.

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10:10 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Gay Couples Can Begin to Marry In Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Same-sex couples can begin getting marriage licenses in Maryland, though they won't go into effect until Jan. 1.


Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday is scheduled to sign the proclamation affirming that Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage in a ballot question last month.


Attorney General Doug Gansler wrote in a legal opinion last week that the signature will officially enable couples to get a marriage license.

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9:41 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Same Sex Marriage Draws Protest at Galaudet University

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Two black ministers who support gay marriage in Maryland are planning a protest at Gallaudet University in Washington, where an administrator was placed on leave for signing a petition opposing gay marriage.

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2:55 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Black Clergy Back Same Sex Marriage in Maryland Referendum

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In Washington D-C African American clergy held a news conference…to dispel they said the myth that black ministers opposed same sex marriage.


About a dozen gathered around the Reverend Al Sharpton to express their support for the same-sex referendum on Maryland’s November ballot.


The Reverend Delman Coates is senior pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton.


He said he believed the people do not have the right to impose their personal religious beliefs on others when it came to public policy. 

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8:43 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Same Sex Law Expected to Get Maryland Governor's Signature Today

 

            Making sex marriage legal in Maryland will take another step today.

            But, expect a major battle over the issue in November.

            Delmarva Public Radio’s Travis McKee has this report: