MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA IN THE NEWS
This page includes a selection from this year's media coverage of Marriage Equality USA, articles written by MEUSA leaders, and MEUSA leaders in the news.
COURT TO HEAR UTAH'S APPEAL IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASE - National Public Radio – Morning Edition Hosted by Terry Gildea Featuring MEUSA's Ned Flaherty 10 April 2014
NED FLAHERTY: The thinking among political leaders in Utah is that government can treat some citizens unfairly so long as a lot of people vote to do it.
GILDEA: Ned Flaherty is with Marriage Equality USA. He says a law that violates the 14th Amendment should rise above any state's right to regulate marriage.
FLAHERTY: Everyone has to be treated fairly, and what Utah is doing is saying for 90 percent of the population there are no criteria to meet for marriage. Just ask and you're home free. And then for this other 10 percent they're saying, well, not only can you never marry, but we have a long list of reasons why you can never marry and you could never meet these criteria anyway, period.
FEDERAL COURT IN DENVER TO HEAR TWO CHALLENGES TO STATE MARRIAGE LAWS - Colorado Public Radio News Story Featuring MEUSA's Ned Flaherty, 9 April 2014
Ned Flaherty curates news and produces research about LGBT rights for Marriage Equality USA, an advocacy group trying to legalize same-sex marriage. Flaherty tracks every gay marriage case in the country, and says that although it's impossible to know how the appeals court will rule, the track record for cases involving state marriage laws indicates that it will come down in favor of the plaintiffs appealing for the ability to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.
Flaherty has also earned a reputation for accurately predicting when states will legalize same-sex marriage. A year ago he predicted the next 12 states to legalize same-sex marriage. Today, eight of the 12 have done just that, and two more he predicts will soon. He sees Colorado changing its laws to allow same-sex marriage by 2016, either through one of the active court cases challenging Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage, or through a ballot initiative that year.
In adressing a question regarding certaintities and non-certainties in trying to predict judicial outcomes, Flaherty explained, "The uncertaintity is in the details of the outcome. The details, though expected to be positive, are not predictable. One of the reasons for that is that there are about 900 federal judges nationwide and most of them have no experience with a marriage equality case, so far."
RULING ON GAY JUROR MAY CAUSE RIPPLES IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASES - NPR Story Featuring MEUSA's Ned Flaherty, 3 March 2014
"The move to heightened scrutiny wipes away the last legal argument that opponents of marriage equality have been trying to use in the courts." "It appears now they don't have any good legal arguments left."
FLOOD OF GAY MARRIAGE CASES RELEASING STREAM OF FEDERAL RULINGS - NPR Interview Featuring MEUSA's Ned Flaherty, 15 February 2014
Ned Flaherty, who tracks every lawsuit in the country for Marriage Equality USA, says there's less coordination than meets the eye, and that the legal momentum for same-sex marriage is taking on a life of its own. "Every day, when a new suit is announced somewhere, it's news to everybody," Flaherty says.
Flaherty says the news will keep coming, as seven more federal rulings are due in the coming months.
OUTTAKE VOICES™: Brian Silva Marriage Equality USA Update - Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson, Host of OUTTAKE VOICES™, Interviews Brian Silva, 13 January 2014
Charlotte Robinson talks with Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) which is the nation’s oldest & largest grassroots organization working towards full civil marriage equality at the state & federal levels.
SF MARKS 10 YEARS SINCE WINTER OF LOVE LAUNCHED PUSH FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE RIGHTS - San Francisco Examiner Featuring John Lewis & Stuart Gaffney, 12 February 2014
Remembering the 2004 Winter of Love: “We realized at that moment that this is the first time in our lives that our government is actually treating us as equal human beings,” said Lewis, 55. “I didn’t know how powerful an experience that would be.”
49% of Americans Have Partial or Full Gay Marriage Rights - The David Pakman TV-radio Show, featuring info provided by MEUSA’s Ned Flaherty, 7 January 2014.
ELECTION 2012 OUTLOOK - 16-minute audio interview with Huffington Post’s Charlotte Robinson and MEUSA Projects Manager Ned Flaherty, 16 February 2012
"This is an important piece of information that I think the public should have." "I would urge people to take a look, when they have 60 seconds or 30 seconds, at the MEUSA website where we have the table of candidates. It's all factual. It's not a table of what I think about the candidates, it's a table of what each of them has said on each issue."