U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade, the judge that declared the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, issued an order today directing all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Last week, we reported Bridget Hanson applied for her Texas driver’s license in Rockwall and was turned down when she showed her marriage license as her proof of name change. When Rockwall wouldn’t issue her license in her legal name, she tried another office in Garland.
The Tyler Public Library invited Lou Anne Smoot to talk as part of the library’s summer reading program. Smoot, who’s from Tyler, wrote A Christian Coming Out: A Journal of the Darkest Period In My Life.
Here’s an example of a New York writer who has no clue what’s going on behind the scenes this week in the Texas Capitol.
“Any of the more than 20 anti-LGBT bills that get out of committee in either legislative chamber — and a few have — will easily pass in the Republican-dominated conservative legislature and be signed into law by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott,” Michangelo Signorile wrote in Huffington Post yesterday. That story was the bold banner headline in the Gay Voices section.
Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, will hold a “mass gay wedding” as part of its LGBT pride celebrations as a way to draw attention to the lack of legal protections for same-sex couples and trangender Cubans,
Process servers in Nebraska will be working overtime serving every gay and lesbian. Plaintiff Sylvia Ann Driskell Ambassador for Plaintiff’s God, and His, Son, Jesus Christ filed the lawsuit. She listed as the defendant in her suit: “Homosexuals, Their Given Name Homosexuals, Their, Alis Gay.”
How cool is this. Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, the Texas marriage equality plaintiffs from Plano, met with Tyler Moran, an aide to Sen. Harry Reid. Phariss asked Moran if they could get the flag that would fly over the Capitol today, the day of the SCOTUS hearing.
Florida’s attorney general told a trial court the state’s marriage ban should end. Colorado’s attorney general told a county clerk to stop issuing licenses until he has a final ruling even though he favors an end to the ban. The ACLU wants to make sure licenses issued in Wisconsin are considered valid.
This week is heating up as an active marriage-equality week. Yesterday’s decision in Oregon legalizing marriage was expected. Also expected was an Arkansas state Supreme Court stay that stopped marriage equality in that state after about 500 couples married.