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Policy and Legal Update - December 23-29, 2013

Marriage Equality USA Projects Manager Ned Flaherty closely monitors marriage equality polls, ballots, laws, and lawsuits nationwide, and keeps the MEUSA website updated with changes in these areas on a near-daily basis. Every Monday we update you via our blog with policy and legal updates covering the preceding week. You may always find the most up-to-date information, including changes that have taken place between these weekly posts, on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website.

Policy & Legal Updates

December 23 – 29, 2013

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LAWSUITS

OHIO  •  On 23 December 2013, in Jim Obergefell & John Arthur v. OH Public Health Director Theodore Wymyslo, a judge ruled that OH’s ban on same-gender civil marriages (made in OH or anywhere else) is unconstitutional, and ordered OH to recognize such unions on all Death Certificates.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source OKLAHOMA  •  On 22 December 2013, in Mary Bishop, et al. v. United States and Tulsa County Court Clerk, et al., challenges the state constitution for denying the right to marry the person of one’s own choice, for refusing to recognize same-gender marriages performed in other states, and for other aspects of the federal Defense-of-Marriage Act, lawyers filed a brief pointing to the federal ruling two days earlier in which UT’s marriage ban was declared unconstitutional.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source VIRGINIA  •  On 23 December 2013, in Joanne Harris, et al. v. Staunton, VA Court Clerk, et al.,a federal class action lawsuit for couples seeking full marriage equality for all VA residents, the court refused to dismiss the case, but removed the governor as a defendant.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source INDIANA  •  On 20 December 2013, in re the marriage of Melanie Davis & Angela Summers, the IN Court of Appeals ruled that the IN ban on same-gender civil marriage cannot be used to invalidate a marriage when one spouse later changes his/her gender identity.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source HAWAII  •  On 23 December 2013, in McDermott v. Abercrombie, HI state lawyers asked a state judge to dismiss the lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2003 Marriage Equality Act.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source ILLINOIS  •  On 17 December 2013, in Darby v. Cook County Clerk David Orrthe state court dismissed the original case since the relief that the plaintiffs were seeking occurred when IL enacted a same-gender civil marriage law on 5 November 2013.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source UTAH  •  On 22 December 2013, in Kitchen, et al. v. Utah Attorney General John Swallow, et al., in which 3 couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s constitutional amendment banning same-gender marriage, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied UT’s request to stay (suspend) the district court ruling while the district court decides whether to suspend its own ruling during the time that the case is on appeal.  On 23 December 2013, UT made the request again, and the Court of Appeals denied it again.  • MEUSA Summary  •  News Source UTAH  •  On 23 December 2013, in Kitchen, et al. v. Utah Attorney General John Swallow, et al., in which 3 couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s constitutional amendment banning same-gender marriage, U.S. district court judge denied UT’s request to stay his 20 December ruling declaring UT’s marriage ban unconstitutional.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source UTAH  •  On 24 December, in Kitchen, et al. v. Utah Attorney General John Swallow, et al., in which 3 couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s constitutional amendment banning same-gender marriage, UT made a 4th request for a stay, and the Court of Appeals denied it, mainly because:  (a) the appeal does not appear likely to succeed; (b) the lack of a stay is unlikely to cause irreparable harm to the state; and (c) the presence of a stay is likely to harm the plaintiff couples who now can marry legally.  UT then announced that it will make a 5th request to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Justice Sonia Sotomayor will grant the stay, or deny the stay, or ask the full Court to decide.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source UTAH  •  On 27 December 2013, Republican lawmakers committed about $2 million for opposing marriage equality in the U.S. Appeals Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.  In the first week since the 20 December ruling, about 1,000 same-gender couples married.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source TEXAS  •  On 26 December 2013, in Noel Freeman, et al. v. Houston, TX Mayor Anise Parker, et al., Lambda Legal file a federal lawsuit seeking to restore employee spouse benefits for same-gender spouses.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source IDAHO  •  On 24 December 2013, in Sue Latta, et al. v. ID Governor C. L. Butch Otter, a marriage rights case, the plaintiffs asked the judge to block the state from intervening in their lawsuit.  •  MEUSA Summary  •  News Source

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